The 12 Days of Christmas (Amendments version)

As we go into the weekend I was recalling the movie “Born Yesterday” (1993) with Melanie Griffith, John Goodman and Don Johnson.   The scene where she leads the dinner party in Washington, DC – to the tune of The 12 Days of Christmas – she has put to words the 12 (Interesting) Amendments Song about the U.S. Constitution; that YouTube link has the 3:26 excerpt.

Attribution: (Image on right) from YouTube posting of 12 Amendments Song from “Born Yesterday” from Elizabeth Richter.

While the YouTube video quality is not ideal, it does let you watch and hear it and from that I hope it will inspire you to go get the actual movie and watch it in High Definition.  I found it available for streaming rental on Amazon.

Along those same lines it was fun to come across two songs that should help in learning the Amendments to the Constitution and the States and Capitals in the U.S.   This person on YouTube, who  goes by “theiceburg72”, has posted two songs.   While the singing is not going to win any awards I applaud the initiative and creativity this person took in actually sharing these two songs; proceed with that disclaimer and see the value in this helping to actually commit to memory what we probably forgot several years ago.  There are variations of this theme posted out there, again what I liked was the sincerity of this person.

Attribution: (Photo on left) From YouTube: “Amendments to the Constitution Song” and “Amy H States and Capitals Song” posted by the theiceburg72

Amendments to the Constitution Song by theiceburg72  “A song for learning the amendments to the US Constitution.   Sung to the tune of “Polly Wolly Doodle” and “Swanee River”.

Amy H States and Capitals Song by theiceburg72 “States and capitals set to the tune “I’ve been Workin’ on the Railroad”.

Perhaps in looking at these selections you will be inspired to come up with your own kind of version for something that reflects your hobby or interest area.  The options could be to focus on one item, i.e. letter writing, stamp collecting, scrapbooking, horse back riding, bird watching, knitting, folk dancing, or something else – the options are endless.   I just don’t think I will be using “99 bottles of beer on the wall” though for the tune!

One more time, “On the twelfth day of Christmas, ….”

Anchors Aweigh,  





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