The Twelve Gifts of Christmas

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"The Twelve Gifts of Christmas"
Single by Allan Sherman
from the album For Swingin' Livers Only!
B-side "(You Came A Long Way From St. Louis) You Went The Wrong Way, Old King Louie"
Released 1963
Genre Novelty Song, Christmas Music
Length 2:56
Label Warner Bros. Records 5406
Songwriter(s) Allan Sherman
Producer(s) Jimmy Hilliard
Allan Sherman singles chronology
"The Twelve Gifts of Christmas"
(1963)
"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)"
(1963)
"The Twelve Gifts of Christmas"
(1963)
"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)"
(1963)

"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.[1] A noted jukebox record supplier stated that if the record was released earlier, it "might have been a hot number."[2] The song appeared on his 1964 album, For Swingin' Livers Only![3] The song was arranged by Lou Busch.

The gifts are:

First day: A Japanese transistor radio.

Second Day: Green Polka Dot Pajamas (A Nakashuma)

Third Day: A Calendar book with the name of his life insurance man. (Mark1V Model, one that is discontinued.)

Fourth Day: A Simulated Alligator Wallet. (It comes with a leatherette case with holes in it, so one could listen right through the case.)

Fifth Day: A Statue of a lady in a clock, where her stomach ought to be. It comes with a long 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 it to anywhere, because it is bent.)

(NOTE: The original version stated the word "Naked" before "Lady", however, because of the risqué subject, Sherman was advised to drop the word "Naked" for airplay and public release purposes.)

Sixth Day: A Hammond Aluminum Nutcracker.

Seventh Day: A pink Satin Pillow that says San Diego, with fringe all around it.

Eighth Day: An Indoor Plastic Birdbath.

Ninth Day:; A pair of Teakwood Shower Cloths.

Tenth Day: A Chromium Combination Manicure, Scissors, and Cigarette Lighter.

Eleventh Day: An Automatic Vegetable Slicer that works when you see it on Television, but , now when one gets it home.

Twelfth Day: He exchanges all of the eleven gifts , however, he does not mention what all of these gifts were exchanged for, making the song end in a mystery.

Sherman ends the song by saying "MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1963-12-28). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  2. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1964-01-18). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 
  3. ^ Allan Sherman, For Swingin' Livers Only! Retrieved May 4, 2013