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It comes up each Christmas, and yearly you neglect the phrases (bar ‘5 Gold Rings’, in fact). Right here’s a helpful information to ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’, together with its lyrics and which means.

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is a cumulative tune that runs by means of the twelve days that make up the Christmas season – starting on Christmas Day and ending on 6 January, the day earlier than Epiphany.

Every day represents a brand new present, beginning with ‘a partridge in a pear tree’ and ending with ‘twelve drummers drumming’.

The earliest recognized model of the tune appeared within the 1700s, and a few historians really imagine the normal English tune has French origins.

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However the model we all know greatest got here from Frederic Austin, an English composer who set the lyrics and added some prospers – together with the drawn out “5 go-old rings” – in 1909.

The carol is a cumulative tune, which merely signifies that every verse is constructed on high of the earlier verses.

A partridge in a pear tree
A partridge in a pear tree.

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What are the lyrics to ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’?

On the primary day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the second day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the third day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fourth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the fifth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the sixth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

Twelve drummers drumming
Twelve drummers drumming.

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On the seventh day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eighth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the ninth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
9 women dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the tenth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
9 women dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the eleventh day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
9 women dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the twelfth day of Christmas
My real love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
Eleven pipers piping,
Ten lords a-leaping,
9 women dancing,
Eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying,
5 golden rings,
4 calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves
And a partridge in a pear tree.

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