John Speller's Web Pages The Twelve Days of Christmas (Version 2)

John Speller's Web Pages - Somerset Carols
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Version 2)
This is one of two Somerset versions of the familiar carol, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," collected by Cecil Sharp (1859-1924). Unlike the familiar version of this carol, it begins on the twelfth day and counts down. Incidentally, a "colley bird" is a coal-colored bird -- i.e., a blackbird. This is probably an earlier version than the familiar "calling bird."

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A colley bird
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