Jazz Institute of Chicago

The Twelve Days of Jobbing

The Twelve Days of Jobbing
by Steve Hashimoto
The author is a Chicago bass player.

On the first day of Christmas my leader gave to me
A lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the second day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the third day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the fourth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the fifth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the sixth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the seventh day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Seven bassists thumping
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the eighth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Eight teamsters loafing
Seven bassists thumping
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the ninth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Nine roadies cursing
Eight teamsters loafing
Seven bassists thumping
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the tenth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Ten fiddles tuning
Nine roadies cursing
Eight teamsters loafing
Seven bassists thumping
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Eleven saxes quoting
Ten fiddles tuning
Nine roadies cursing
Eight teamsters loafing
Seven bassists thumping
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my leader gave to me
Twelve drummers drooling
Eleven saxes quoting
Ten fiddles tuning
Nine roadies cursing
Eight teamsters loafing
Seven bassists thumping
Six chicks a shrieking
Five trust fund gigs
Four party planners
Three nervous brides
Two lame requests
And a lead sheet in the wrong key.