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Twelve Days Of Christmas Chords

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        Twelve Days of Christmas - John Denver and the Muppets
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

A very nice arrangement from the TV special "A Christmas Together" with 
John Denver and the Muppets (first aired in 1979).

Check out the song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlK8ujMrhik 

I transposed it to G; the original is in F.

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CHORDS

       E-A-D-G-B-E
G/B    x-2-0-0-0-x
G/D    x-x-0-0-3-x 

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INTRO
| G/B C G/D D | G | 

       G            Em
On the first day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
  G/B C     G/D  D    G
A partridge in a pear tree. 

       G             Em
On the second day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G            Em
On the third day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Three French hens, 
D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G             Em
On the fourth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Four colly birds, 
D
Three French hens, 
D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G            Em
On the fifth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G            Em
On the sixth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G              Em
On the seventh day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Seven swans a-swimming, 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G             Em
On the eighth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Eight maids a-milking, 
D
Seven swans a-swimming, 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G            Em
On the ninth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Nine ladies dancing, 
D
Eight maids a-milking, 
D
Seven swans a-swimming, 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G            Em
On the tenth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Ten lords a-leaping, 
D
Nine ladies dancing, 
D
Eight maids a-milking, 
D
Seven swans a-swimming, 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G               Em
On the eleventh day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Eleven pipers piping, 
D
Ten lords a-leaping, 
D
Nine ladies dancing, 
D
Eight maids a-milking, 
D
Seven swans a-swimming, 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree. 

       G              Em
On the twelfth day of Christmas, 
   Am        D       G
My true love sent to me 
D
Twelve drummers drumming, 
D
Eleven pipers piping, 
D
Ten lords a-leaping, 
D
Nine ladies dancing, 
D
Eight maids a-milking, 
D
Seven swans a-swimming, 
D
Six geese a-laying, 
G    A    D
Five gold rings, 
G
Four colly birds, 
C
Three French hens, 
A          D
Two turtle doves, 
      G/B C     G/D  D    G
And a partridge in a pear tree! 
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zerkleje wrote on November 14 2013, 07:50 am

"Four colly birds" should be "Four calling birds"

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maguri wrote on November 14 2013, 08:42 am, edited on May 25 2014, 09:21 am

Right, it does sound weird and I couldn't find it in my dictionary either. Still, my "Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes" book has "colly". Maybe it has something to do with "coal"?

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zerkleje wrote on November 14 2013, 11:02 am

I stand corrected. Just did some reasearch and it looks like "Colly Birds" was indeed the original english line of the song (means "black birds"). "Calling Birds" came along at some point probably as an Americanisation or misinterpretation. My appologies.

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