Posted By John
Twelve Days of Christmas Aussie Style

traditional Australian song
composer unknown

Have you ever heard the Aussie version of Twelve Days of Christmas? This is the 4th  one of the different versions we have on our website.

What different?
This version has a different first line for each day such as “a Swagman at the gate said” or “they drew the raffle prize”.

So you’ll want to read each the entire song to get the real flavour of this Aussie style.

See the other 3 versions

What the words mean

  • Ripper ~ exciting, great time
  • Cobber ~ close friend, mate
  • Shearer ~ person who cuts (shears) the wool off sheep
  • Chrissy ~ Christmas
  • Chinwag ~ casual chat with someone
  • Take an early mark ~ leave early
  • CFA ~ Country Fire Authority
    Fire fighters (firee)

On the 1st day
of Christmas

a Swagman at the gate said,
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 2nd day
of Christmas

an Emu by the fence said,
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 3rd day
of Christmas

a Shearer down the shed said,
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 4th day
of Christmas

a Goanna on a rock said,
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 5th day
of Christmas

Fred put up the sign,
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 6th day
of Christmas

a Dingo by the dam said,
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 7th day
of Christmas

Sue put up the lights,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 8th day
of Christmas

They called the CFA,
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 9th day
of Christmas

You should have heard the
cheers!
School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 10th day
of Christmas

You couldn’t move in town,
Madhouse in Main Street
School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 11th day
of Christmas

They drew the raffle prize,
You little beauty!
Madhouse in Main Street
School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck,
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy.
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

On the 12th day
of Christmas

We’ll take an early mark,
Knock off till New Year!
You little beauty!
Madhouse in Main Street
School’s out for summer!
Santa’s on a fire truck
Drop in for a chinwag?
I’m Flat out till Chrissy
To-tal fire ban!
It’s stinking hot!
How bout the flies?
Good onya Cobber
Have a ripper
Aussie Christmas mate!

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