by Gene Turnbow, station manager
The song has been around long enough to be re-done innumerable times. The Twelve Days of Christmas was first published in England in 1780 without music as a chant or rhyme, and is thought to be French in origin. There are several versions of the tune that goes with it, but the one we know is from a 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin, who first introduced the now familiar prolongation of the verse “five gold rings.”
Enjoy a little geeky holiday fun.
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