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The Twelve Days of Alice

December 2, 2009

In a sudden burst of holiday cheer, I have decided to create lyrics for my own “Twelve Days of Alice”. It’s to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas, so feel free to sing aloud!

On the first day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
A Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the second day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the third day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the fourth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the fifth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the sixth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the seventh day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Seven cats a-grinning,
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the eighth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Eight maids named Mary,
Seven cats a-grinning,
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the ninth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Nine lobsters dancing,
Eight maids named Mary,
Seven cats a-grinning,
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the tenth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Ten hatters singing,
Nine lobsters dancing,
Eight maids named Mary,
Seven cats a-grinning,
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the eleventh day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Eleven cooks with pepper,
Ten hatters singing,
Nine lobsters dancing,
Eight maids named Mary,
Seven cats a-grinning,
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

On the twelfth day of Christmas,
Dear Alice sent to me
Twelve caterpillars puffing,
Eleven cooks with pepper,
Ten hatters singing,
Nine lobsters dancing,
Eight maids named Mary,
Seven cats a-grinning,
Six dormice dozing,
Five golden keys,
Four flamingo mallets,
Three white rabbits,
Two mock turtles,
And a Queen shouting, “Off with her head!”

Well, there you go! I hope you enjoyed my “Twelve Days of Alice”!

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12 comments

  1. I am glad everyone liked this post so much!
    I hope it brings some Holiday cheer to your last week before Christmas break!


  2. Susie, I love that you have the mind for something like this. You have the perfect talent for finding quirky things and make them even more fun.

    Even though some of the syllables don’t match up, it is still absolutely fantastic. Now all we have to do is find someone to publish it. 🙂

    It is also nice to take a break from the serious, analysis of the story blogs. Just sit back relax and have fun with the story we have all been slaving over for the past 6 weeks.


  3. BEAST. That was great! This could go great on an Alice soundtrack CD. You’ve creatively given a quick summary of Alice’s journey through Wonderland and the characters she encounters. I also like how the action rises through out the whole song until the line about the Queen. Thanks for putting some holiday cheer and adding some of the whimsical and humorous parts of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into a Christmas song! What’s better than Christmas music? Christmas music about Alice in Wonderland!


  4. Wow this is so creative Susan! I never would have thought of changing the Alice story into a song. I like that if someone were to read this before reading the book, they would be able to get a small taste of how bizarre and loopy the story is. I also like that you were able to express the mood of the story all while giving a partial list of the characters and their own characteristics. Great job Susan 🙂


  5. I think this was very creative. I liked how you used most of the characters when doing this. This is much different from all of the other posts and really got me more in the Christmas Spirit!


  6. As I came to this blog I thought “Want in the blazes could THIS be?”, and to frank I was quite shock/amazed by this sudden light of a genius. A little early for the Christmas season in my opinion, but all the same a clever song based upon a classic Christmas song. Now, I wonder what the Hatters would be singing? I do notice that the gold keys stayed, which of course fits the spirit of the story. Very Clever, have a happy holiday!


  7. I never would have thought of something like this. Everything works and rhymes. We could call you Mrs. Carroll and have you walk around caressing the school hallways with your carols. 😉 You have become Carroll. Just like him you were able to take a famous song change the words and make it sound good. You are definitely not one to disappoint me. Carroll would be proud.

    Maybe someday you will write a book.


  8. This post is full of joy and whimsy. I really appreciate this light hearted post. In this delightful holiday season, it is the perfect compliment to my comments on the blogs. This entry has made my day. I can actually picture you singing it as you post it. The lines are very clever. I do believe I was in the room when you came up with this idea. The Song is a most impressive and clever song, that might be stuck in my head instead of the traditional version that we always hear during the holidays. Thanks for some holiday cheer on this stressful day.


  9. Absolutely brilliant! I could not stop laughing while I was attempting to sing this tonight. I’m impressed that you were able to have the words fit the melody very well. It seems like you fit almost every aspect of the story into this song somewhere. I can almost guarantee that there will be kids singing this in school tomorrow. Once again, great post!


  10. Absolutely awesome Susie 🙂

    I think accenting the end with an exclamation mark really ties into the Queen’s volume and self-importance. Also a nice reference to the annotations in day eight (Maryanne). I was a little saddened by days eleven and twelve because they didn’t match the syllable of the song, but they work great for counting in the important characters/items within the book.

    Nice job and super creative!


    • Yeah, I had trouble matching with some syllables. Day 12 was especially hard because “caterpillar” uses up all of the syllables by itself, but I couldn’t bring myself to leave the caterpillar out.


      • I have just fixed Day 11. I had thought that the syallables matched, but when you mentioned it I noticed I had one extra. I hope you like it better now. Merry Christmas!



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