Sing Along on the Twelfth Day of Christmas

I hope you’ve enjoyed singing along on this trip through Twelvetide. It’s hard to believe that we’ve come to the end of the Twelve Days! What better way to celebrate the Twelfth Day than with “Twelve Days of Christmas,” especially when provided by Julie and Friends?

Julie writes:

Everyone has childhood memories of Christmas music that they think back on fondly–whether it’s “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” or “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from Dr. Seuss’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” Another popular favorite from the late 1970s is John Denver and the Muppets Christmas special and accompanying album “A Christmas Together.” One of the most delightful songs is their rendition of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

[Bill here: one of our family’s favorites too!]

In the original version, Denver and the Muppets divide and conquer each of the verses. For our remake, Sofia takes the role of Miss Piggy while doubling on shaker, Giovanni stands in for Beaker, and Marcello takes Animal’s place on percussion. Julie plays piano and leads the singing while John gives a vocal assist and strums away on the banjo in an homage to Kermit!

We hope you enjoy singing along with us on this 12th day of Christmas!

Click here for the recording.

And now the lyrics! Julie has provided the original Muppet assignments; you get extra credit if you can sing the parts in the original voices.

[John Denver]
On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

[Fozzie Bear]
On the second day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Two turtle doves
[Both]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Gonzo]
On the third day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,1
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Robin the Frog]
On the fourth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Miss Piggy]
On the fifth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Five gold rings,
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Scooter]
On the sixth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings,
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Lew Zealand]
On the seventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Seven swans a-swimming,
[Scooter]
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings,
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Rowlf the Dog]
On the eighth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eight maids a-milking,
[Lew Zealand]
Seven swans a-swimming,
[Scooter]
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings,
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]
On the ninth day of Christmas
[Beaker]
Mee mee mee mee mee mee,
[Both]
Nine ladies dancing,
[Rowlf the Dog]
Eight maids a-milking,
[Lew Zealand]
Seven swans a-swimming,
[Scooter]
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings
(Ba-dum bum bum),
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Statler and Waldorf]
On the tenth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Ten lords a-leaping,
[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]
Nine ladies dancing,
[Rowlf the Dog]
Eight maids a-milking,
[Lew Zealand]
Seven swans a-swimming,
[Scooter]
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings
(Ba-dum bum bum),
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Beauregard]
On the eleventh day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Eleven pipers piping,
[Statler and Waldorf]
Ten lords a-leaping,
[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]
Nine ladies dancing,
[Rowlf the Dog]
Eight maids a-milking,
[Lew Zealand]
Seven swans a-swimming,
[Scooter]
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings
(Ba-dum bum bum),
[Robin the Frog]
Four calling birds,
[Gonzo]
Three French hens,
[Fozzie Bear]
Two turtle doves,
[All]
And a partridge in a pear tree.

[Kermit the Frog]
On the twelfth day of Christmas
My true love gave to me
Twelve drummers drumming,
[Beauregard]
Eleven pipers piping,
[Statler and Waldorf]
Ten lords a-leaping,
[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]
Nine ladies dancing,
[Rowlf the Dog]
Eight maids a-milking,
[Lew Zealand]
Seven swans a-swimming,
[Scooter]
Six geese a-laying,
[Miss Piggy]
Five gold rings,
[All]
(Ba-dum bum bum!)
Four calling birds,
Three French hens,
Two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

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Join us at https://lavezzi.us/ on each of the Twelve Days of Christmas to join in this virtual sing-along. Care to be a serial singer? Here you go:

Notes:

  1. And this, class, illustrates use of the Oxford Comma.

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Retired teacher and public education leader. Pastoral musician, community activist, parliamentarian, and photographer.

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