Variation on 'The twelve days of Christmas'

Team 3737 held its end of year party tonight and my wife and I sang this song (Lyrics hastily written this morning).

Lyrics to ‘The FIRST day from kickoff’
Derek Finch
20 Dec 2022

On the FIRST day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
It can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the SECOND day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the THIRD day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the FOURTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the FIFTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see

On the SIXTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the SEVENTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Seven CAN’s a hanging
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the EIGHTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Eight sparks not flashing
Seven CAN’s a hanging
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the NINTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Nine refs a waving
Eight sparks not flashing
Seven CAN’s a hanging
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the TENTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Ten second climbing
Nine refs a waving
Eight sparks not flashing
Seven CAN’s a hanging
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the ELEVENTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Eleven parts are missing
Ten second climbing
Nine refs a waving
Eight sparks not flashing
Seven CAN’s a hanging
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

On the TWELTH day from kickoff, my mentor said to me
Twelve judges judging
Eleven parts are missing
Ten second climbing
Nine refs a waving
Eight sparks not flashing
Seven CAN’s a hanging
Six screws are falling
Five foul points
Four dead swerves
Three bot alliance
Two climbing hooks?
And it can’t be done in time oh don’t you see?

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this is the first request to record and release this song

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Reminds me of this parody by Bob Rivers.

Funny! We also sang more desperately as the song progressed.
Derek

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We already had three record companies call us up.

Unfortunately, they all asked us not to release it :slight_smile:
Derek

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Suggestion on 5:

“Foul Points” doesn’t have quite the same ring as “golden rings”…

but “Tech Foul calls” does.

/s

(And, uh, record company 4 says release it, but only if you can convince Weird Al to sing on it.)

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Nice, it does have a better ‘ring’. As mentioned it was hastily written and I can see a lot of opportunity in it. A bit like the first iteration of our robots!

Derek

And 9 refs? VC’s the world around are cringing at possibly needing to recruit that many.

Just count the scorers in the count, we’re good.

*5 + 3 = 8

Oh, well unless you include the Head Ref. Okay, have your rhyme.

4 refs, 4 scorers, 1 HR.

Might wanna check your facts

Some friends and I did our own versions of 12 Days of Die Hard a few years back. Cannot post full lyrics, but a highlight was “Two Agents Johnson”.

On field, in the past: 4, 4, 1.

There WERE a 5th for each ref and scorer spot, off the field somewhere. (Assuming the VC assigned all of them.) But they wouldn’t be waving. :wink:

For those bothered by the nine refs, do consider that the song was intended to build tension throughout. Also note that we are not yet at competition, simply days from kickoff. Think of the nine refs as the stuff of nightmares where, in your minds eye, you picture nine refs, three each from competitions past, present and future, all standing together at the side of the field, frantically waving their flags and pointing at your robot for some heinous infraction.

Peace!

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