♫ The Twelfth Of Never ♫

The “Twelfth of Never” is an expression that defines the date of a future event that will never happen at all.

This song was written in 1956 and recorded by Johnny Mathis the following year.  Mathis did not like the song at first, saying …

“I didn’t like it because it was all so repetitious, and nothing seemed to happen. And I was really Joe College at that time. I was right out of college and I was hot to trot. I wanted to do something, you know, rah-rah-rah, something earth-shattering – at least pyrotechnical.”

Twelfth of Never
Johnny Mathis

You ask me 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 ’til the bluebells forget to bloom
I’ll love you ’til the clover has lost its perfume
I’ll love you ’til 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

Songwriters: Jerry Livingston / Paul Webster
Twelfth of Never lyrics © Guy Webster/Webster Music

29 thoughts on “♫ The Twelfth Of Never ♫

  1. You most likely noticed my comment on a comment by 1EarthUnited. I try not to add my 2 cents worth onto other people’s comments, unless the occasion warrants it…it did! May I be so bold as to suggest that you feature Burl Ives singing “The Riddle Song” one day, preferably soon. In the interest of adhering to a rule that was instilled in me during my formative years, I will refrain from commenting on your choice today. That said, I have noticed over the years that when I’m unable to say something nice not saying anything at all has required total silence and I have never done that well! Thank-you!

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    • Belatedly, it occurs to me that there was something nice that I could have said about your choice for the day. That is to say…were it not for this song, I might never have been reminded of “The Riddle Song”! Truly, this rates a double Thank-YOU!!

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    • Always, ALWAYS feel free to comment on any comment, for that’s what makes it fun … we get a conversation going! The more the merrier!

      So … I take it you didn’t care for The Twelfth of Never, eh? You’re not alone … I think there were several who weren’t thrilled with my choice. My excuse is that I was tired. I’ll try to do better tomorrow, and I will consider Burl Ives’ The Riddle Song for a future post.


    • I grew up listening to a 33 1/3 rpm record of folk songs sung by Burl Ives, “The Riddle Song” is on that album. I had to call my Daughter for information, as she has the original album from my childhood. She says it is a 1950 Columbia album titled “The Wayfaring Stranger”. She also gave me information that I did not know, it is actually a re-release by Columbia of a 4 record set from 1944. The same title was used by him with another record company, but contained entirely different songs than this one. She discovered this while trying to find the same album for a friend and was successful through ebay! I knew that it was a very old folk song, but didn’t know the connection to Jill’s featured song and never heard of the singer on your video. Thank-you for a lovely trip down memory lane!

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      • You are most welcome Ellen. I’m also a huge fan of the great Burl Ives, classic songs like Ghost Riders In The Sky, Big Rock Candy Mountain, and my Grammy used to play his famous Have a Holly Jolly Christmas during holidays!
        Great memories indeed.
        Here’s some factual tidbits from Wiki:
        In 1940, Ives named his own radio show, The Wayfaring Stranger, after one of his ballads. Over the next decade, he popularized several traditional folk songs, such as “Foggy Dew” (an English folk song), “The Blue Tail Fly” (an old minstrel tune now better known as “Jimmy Crack Corn”), and “Big Rock Candy Mountain” (an old hobo song). He was also associated with the Almanacs, a folk-singing group which at different times included Woody Guthrie, Will Geer, Millard Lampell, and Pete Seeger. The Almanacs were active in the American Peace Mobilization (APM), an antiwar group opposed to American entry into World War II and Franklin Roosevelt’s pro-Allied policies. They recorded such songs as “Get Out and Stay Out of War” and “Franklin, Oh Franklin”.
        I discovered The Riddle Song again from Grandma’s vinyl collection of classic 60s, one of the artist being Joan Baez who covered this old English lullaby. It’s actually on YouTube if you care to reminisce!
        I thank you as well for the wonderful memories! ❤

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