The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

Allan Sherman

About The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

"The Twelve Gifts of Christmas" is a song parody written and performed by Allan Sherman based on the classic Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". The song reached #5 on the Billboard Christmas Chart in 1963. A noted jukebox record supplier stated that if the record was released earlier, it "might have been a hot number." The song subsequently appeared on Sherman's 1964 album, For Swingin' Livers Only! The song was arranged by Lou Busch. He lists off the gifts in successive verses, and after some of them he adds more details about the first gift. : First day: A Japanese transistor radio. Second day: Green polka-dot pajamas (The radio is a "Nakashuma", presumably the manufacturer.) Third day: A calendar book with the name of his insurance man. (The radio is "the Mark 4 model, that's the one that's discontinued".) Fourth day: A simulated alligator wallet. (The radio comes with a leatherette case with holes in it, so one could listen right through the case.) Fifth day: A statue of a lady with a clock where her stomach ought to be. (The radio has a wire with a thing on one end, which one can stick into their ear, and a thing on the other end which one cannot stick anywhere, because it's bent.) 


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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A Japanese transistor radio.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
Green polka-dot pajamas,
And a Japanese transistor radio.
(It's a Nakashuma.)

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A calendar book with the name of my insurance man,
Green polka-dot pajamas,
And a Japanese transistor radio.
(It's the Mark IV model. That's the one that's discontinued.) 

On the fourth day Of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A simulated alligator wallet,
A calendar book with the name of my insurance man,
Green polka-dot pajamas,
And a Japanese transistor radio.
(And it comes in a leatherette case with holes in it, so you can listen right through the case.)

On the fifth fay of Christmas, my true love gave to me 
A statue of a naked lady, with a clock where her stomach ought to be,
A simulated alligator wallet,
A calendar book wiuth the name of my insurance man,
Green polka-dot pajamas,
And a Japanese transistor radio.
(And it has a wire with  thing on one end that you can stick right in your ear, and a thing on the other end that you can't stck anywhere, because it's bent)

On the sixth day of Christmas, my treue love gave to me
A hammered aluminum nutcracker,
And all that other stuff,
And a Japanese transistor radio.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A pink satin pillow that says San Diego, with fringe all around it,
And all that other stuff,
And a Japanese radio.

On the eight day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
An indoor plastic birdbath,
And all that other stuff,
And a Japanese transistor radio,

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A pair of teakwood shower clogs,
And a Japanese transistor radio.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
A chromium combination manicure scissors and cigarette lighter,
And a Japanese transistor radio.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me
An automatic vegetable slicer that works when to see it on television, but not when you get it home,
And a Japanese transistor radio.

On the twelth day of Christmas, although it may seem strange,
On the twelth day of Christmas, I'm going to exchange: 
An automatic vegetable slicer that works when you see it on television, but not when you get it home,
A chromium combination manicure scissors and cigarette lighter,
A pair of teakwood shower clogs,
An indoor plastic birdbath,
A pink satin pillow that says San Diego, with fringe all around it,
A hammered aluminum nutcracker,
A statue of naked lady, with a clock where her stomach ought to be,
A simulated alligator wallet,
A calendar book with the name of my insurance man.
Green polka-dot pajaas,
And a Japanese transistor radio.

Merry Christmas Everybody!

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Allan Sherman

Allan Sherman (born Allan Copelon; November 30, 1924 – November 20, 1973) was an American comedy writer and television producer who became famous as a song parodist in the early 1960s. His first album, My Son, the Folk Singer (1962), became the fastest-selling record album up to that time. His biggest hit single was "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh", a comic novelty in which a boy describes his summer camp experiences to the tune of Ponchielli's Dance of the Hours. more »

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