The Twelve Days of Christmas song lyrics

The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas song lyrics

The Twelve Days of Christmas was published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, is thought to be French in origin. The standard tune now associated with it is derived from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Six geese a-layin’, five golden rings, four calling birds
Three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Seven swans a-swimmin’, six geese a-layin’, five golden rings
Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eight maids a-milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’
Six geese a-layin’, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids a-milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’
Six geese a-layin’, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Ten ladies dancin’, nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids a-milkin’
Seven swans a-swimmin’, six geese a-layin’, five golden rings
Four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’, nine lords a-leapin’
Eight maids a-milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’
Six geese a-layin’, five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drummin’, eleven pipers pipin’, ten ladies dancin’
Nine lords a-leapin’, eight maids milkin’, seven swans a-swimmin’
Six geese a-layin’ five golden rings, four calling birds, three French hens
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree

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