John Speller's Web Pages The Twelve Days of Christmas (Version 1)

John Speller's Web Pages - English Christmas Carols
The Twelve Days of Christmas (Version 1)
This is a Devon version of the well-known carol, collected by the Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould, who came from the parish of St. Sidwell's, Exeter, from his Aunt Cecily in about 1840. It is a version midway between the version that is generally sung today, and the two Somerset recensions (Versions 1 and 2). 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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