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Are the birds described on the fourth day of Christmas “calling birds” or “colly birds”?
The Twelve Days of Christmas: A Traditional Song, an arrangement by Frederic Austin published in 1909, gave rise to the song's familiar tune and popularized the poem's current wording. The sentence in question is changed to "four calling birds" in Austin's text.
The expression "four calling birds" was first used by Austin (or he was among the first to use it) and it took some time for it to spread. Redditors had a fun time in the comments as they aired their views about the debate.
Here are a bunch of their comments below.
What is haunting us to this day
The song has a lot of birds
Golden ring necked pheasants
Nobody ever believes this redditor
A crazy stalker releasing birds
The illustration showed birds with megaphones
Where this Redditor got as far as
Sing A Song Sixpence
This Redditor is singing their own versions
This Redditor wasn't even paying attention to it anymore
They are a protected species
This Redditor hopes the lady likes birds
He could have just have them all at once
It continues around the room
A flock of birds with little picks
All the birds in the song
This is not what you are singing
You see the thing about corvids
Gotta keep the items in order
Well, this was an interesting piece of information. It was first published in print without accompanying sheet music, as is the case with many songs, and may have been meant to be spoken rather than sung.
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