Twelve Days of Christmas chords

and a partridge in a pear tree...

Twelve Days of Christmas words & music: Traditional
Additions: Frederic Austin
Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at 110 bpm (♩)
Chords: F, Fsus4, C, C7, B♭, G7
Capo on III: Play in D Major
Chords with Capo: D, Dsus4, A, A7, G, E7
12 Days of Christmas

The Twelve Days Of Christmas

Capo on 3rd fret if playing with video

           (3 beat rest) 
Intro: 4/4 |          ♪♪|  D  G  D  A7  | D  Dsus4  D  / ||

           D                            A                D
1. On the first day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
      D    G    D     A7  | D  Dsus4  D  / | 
   A par-tridge in a pear  tree

          D                                A                D
2. On the se-cond day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
   A7                          D    G    D     A  | D  Dsus4  D  / |
   Two tur-tle doves___ And a par-tridge in a pear tree
                     
            D                            A                D
3. On the third day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
     A7
   Three French hens___ Two tur-tle doves
          D    G    D     A7  | D  Dsus4  D  / |
   And a par-tridge in a pear  tree

            D                             A                D
4. On the fourth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
    A7
   Four cal-ling birds___ Three French hens 
   A7                          D    G    D     A7  | D  Dsus4  D  / | 
   Two tur-tle doves___ And a par-tridge in a pear  tree

            D                            A                D
5. On the fifth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me

           D    E7       A       D
Refrain:  Five gold-en rings___ Four calling birds
            G                  A7
          Three French hens___ Two tur-tle doves
                 D    G    D     A7  | D  Dsus4  D  / |
          And a par-tridge in a pear  tree

            D                            A                D
6. On the sixth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
   A7
   Six  geese  a-lay-ing

          D    E7       A
Refrain: Five gold-en rings...

           D                                A   
7. On the sev-enth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
   A7
   Se-ven swans a-swim-ming___ Six geese a-lay-ing
                            
          D    E7       A
Refrain: Five gold-en rings...

            D                             A                D
8. On the eighth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
    A7
   Eight maids a-milk-ing___ Seven swans a-swim-ming___ Six geese a-lay-ing
          
          D    E7       A       D
Refrain: Five gold-en rings___ Four calling birds
           G                  A7
         Three French hens___ Two tur-tle doves
                D    G    D     A7  | D  Dsus4  D  / |
         And a par-tridge in a pear  tree

            D                            A                D
9. On the ninth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
    A7
   Nine la-dies dan-cing___ Eight maids a-milk-ing
   A7
   Se-ven swans a-swim-ming___ Six geese a-lay-ing
 
          D    E7       A
Refrain: Five gold-en rings...

            D                             A                D
10. On the tenth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
    A7
    Ten lords a-leap-ing___ Nine la-dies dan-cing___ Eight maids a-milking
    A7
    Se-ven swans a-swim-ming___ Six geese a-lay-ing

          D    E7       A
Refrain: Five gold-en rings...

             D                                 A                D
11. On the e-le-venth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
      A7                       
    E-le-ven pip-ers pip-ing___ Ten lords a-leap-ing___ Nine la-dies dan-cing
     A7                      
    Eight maids a-milking___ Se-ven swans a-swim-ming___ Six geese a-lay-ing
  
          D    E7       A
Refrain: Five gold-en rings...

              D                             A                D
12. On the twelfth day of Christ-mas___ My true love gave to me
      A7                               
    Twelve drum-mers drum-ming___ E-le-ven pip-ers pip-ing___ Ten lords a-leap-ing
     A7
    Nine la-dies dan-cing___ Eight maids a-milking
    A7                       
    Se-ven swans a-swim-ming___ Six geese a-lay-ing

          D    E7       A       D
Refrain: Five gold-en rings___ Four calling birds
           G                  A7
         Three French hens___ Two tur-tle doves
                D    G    D     A7   D...
         And a par-tridge in a pear tree

D Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Fingers/Notes 
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: play open
x: don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          D              Dsus4              A               A7                G               E7               
   e|---|-2-|---|   e|---|---|-4-|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|-3-|   e|---|---|---|
   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|---|---|---|
   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|-2-|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|
   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|
   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|-1-|---|   A|---|-2-|---|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|-2-|   E|---|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       D              Dsus4              A               A7                G               E7
 |---|-2-|---|e   |-4-|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |-3-|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e
 |-3-|---|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|---|B
 |---|-1-|---|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |---|-2-|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G
 |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D
x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|-1-|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |-2-|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets

Notes

  • The song is in the key of F major which makes it a little hard for beginners to play along with, so we place a capo on the 3rd fret and play in the key of D Major... a much easier key. Remember, this only applies if you are playing along with the video, otherwise you don't have to use a capo.
  • An easy way to play Dsus4 is to play a D chord and put your pinkie on the first string - 3rd fret... see chart.
  • Remember you are in 4/4 time which means 4 quarter-note OR crotchet beats per bar. There are timing changes throughout the song with changes to 3/4 time and back to 4/4 time. I haven't included them all, as it can become quite confusing. The chords are in sync with the lyrics, so make sure you follow them carefully. Also, if you are unsure of the song, just listen to the video a few times. Once you become familiar with the tune, you will notice where the timing changes occur.
  • The tempo is set at 110 bpm, so if you are using a metronome or click-track, the beat occurs on every quarter-note.
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