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The Twelfth of Never by Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis The Twelfth of Never

Pop Songs

This song about endless love was written by Jerry Livingston and Paul Francis Webster. It was released as the B-Side to “Chances Are.” Except for the bridge of the song, the tune is adapted from the old English folk song “I Gave My Love a Cherry” (aka “The Riddle Song”).  Ray Conniff and his Orchestra provide the instrumentation. In 1957, “The Twelfth of Never” went to #9 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Chart and #2 in Australia.

There have been many, many covers of the song, including versions by Cliff Richard and Donny Osmond, both of which charted very well internationally. Other artists who have covered the song, include Andy Williams, Anita Bryant, Nina Simone, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakots, Barry Gibb, Cher, Slim Whitman, Glen Campbell, Roger Miller, Johnny Nash, The Chi-Lites, Tammy Wynette, Roger Whittaker, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, and Barry Manilow, just to mention a few.

Here are the lyrics to “The Twelfth of Never” by Johnny Mathis:

You ask how much I need you, must I explain?
I need you, oh my darling, like roses need rain.
You ask how long I’ll love you; I’ll tell you true:
Until the twelfth of never, I’ll still be loving you.

Hold me close, never let me go.
Hold me close, melt my heart like April snow.

I’ll love you till the bluebells forget to bloom;
I’ll love you till the clover has lost its perfume.
I’ll love you till the poets run out of rhyme,
Until the twelfth of never and that’s a long, long time.

Until the twelfth of never and that’s a long, long time.

If you would like to read about and listen to other songs by Johnny Mathis: “Winter Wonderland” and “Chances Are.”

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1 Comment

  1. Bob Phillips says:

    Saw him 6X: Complete class!! “back seat magic” back in the day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! “Melt my heart like April Snow”

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