12 Days, Cajun Style ...

The Cajun Twelve Days Of Christmas

 

On dem first day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
A crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem second day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Two voodoo dolls
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem third day of Christmas my true love she gave to me:
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

** Notes: a pirogue (pronounced pee-roh) is a flat-bottomed canoe; fleur de lis is the flower of the french kings and the New Orleans Saints football symbol; cypress knees are the roots of a cypress tree that sticks out of the water; poules d'eau (pronounced pool-doh) is chicken or hen of the water (a duck); pousse café (pronounced poose kaffay) is coffee with a bit of alcohol in it; and Cajuns are the French Acadians that live in southern Louisiana.

On dem fourth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem fifth day of Christmas,
I could not believe in all my days what she come up with:
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem sixth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem seventh day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem eighth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem ninth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem tenth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem eleventh day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Eleven duck decoys,
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.

On dem twelveth day of Christmas, my true love she gave to me:
Twelve shotgun shells,
Eleven duck decoys,
Ten pirogue paddles,
Nine oysters stewin',
Eight crabs a brewin',
Seven fleur de lis,
Six cypress knees,
Five poules d'eau,
Four pousse café,
Three stuffed shrimp,
Two voodoo dolls,
And a crawfish in a fig tree.