12 Friends: A Song That Teaches the Names of the Twelve Disciples

12 Friends Song PicHere is a Bible literacy song to help you learn the names of all 12 disciples. It’s a great twelve disciples song!

In my mind there is no better way to memorize a list of names than by putting it to music. The names of the 12 disciples is a perfect example of a list that you and your children can learn with a fun catchy Bible song for kids.

I have recently written and produced a Bible song called: 12 Friends.

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This twelve disciples song is a sweet Bible literacy song that gives details about each of Jesus’ friends. Except for Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew, the Bible does not give us too many details about these dear friends of our Lord. This Bible song gives one or more details about the disciple to help you and your child learn their name.




Here are the lyrics to the twelve disciples song:

12 Friends: The Twelve Disciples Song

Jesus had 12 friends, it is true

And their names should be important to you

I’ll give you a clue. You’ll have to figure out

Which one of Jesus’ friends I am talking about

12 friends, 12 friends

Jesus had 12 Disciple friends

12 friends, 12 friends

Let’s learn all 12 before our time ends




This friend of Jesus had a fishing boat

He liked to fish all day and in his boat would float

This man’s friendship with Jesus was sweet

And one day Jesus would even wash his feet

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Peter?

Then you are right!

This friend of Jesus also fished with nets

He was Peter’s brother – it’g how they met

But Jesus told his fishing friend

That he was gonna make him a fisher of men

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Andrew?

Then you are right!

This next man was Jesus’ most loved friend

Jesus asked him to care for his mom to the end

He wrote a book in the Bible all about God’s great love

He taught that true love comes from God above

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say John?

Then you are right!

This friend of Jesus was John’s brother

Jesus called these brothers the Sons of Thunder

He was one of Jesus’ 3 closest friends

He was the first of the 12 to die for Jesus a sad end

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say James?

Then you are right!

This friend of Jesus was the son of Alpheus

We know that Jesus loved him very much

He shares the same name as John’s great brother

Some people call him “less” than the other

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say James the Less?

Then you are right!

This man collected taxes from the town

When people saw him coming they’d often frown

But when he learned that Jesus could forgive his sins

He stopped collecting money and started following him

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Matthew?

Then you are right!

Jesus said to this friend, “Follow Me!”

This man followed Jesus and did agree

That he had friend the one that Moses wrote about

He told his friend Bartholomew he had no doubt

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Phillip?

Then you are right!

Jesus’ friend Philip told this man, “Come and see.”

I’ve found the true Messiah, “Come with me.”

When Jesus saw this man walking his way

This man believed in Jesus that very day

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Bartholomew?

Then you are right!

This friend had some doubts when Jesus died

Hi eleven friends said, “Jesus is alive!”

This mand had to see the truth till then he would grieve

So Jesus showed his wounds to him and then be believed

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Thomas?

Then you are right!

This friend of Jesus had more than one name

His other name was Judas, but not the one who betrayed

Our Lord for only 30 silver pieces. Oh how sad.

This man stayed faithful to God which made him glad

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Thaddeus?

Then you are right!

This friend of Jesus was a zealous man

This meant he had great passion and with Jesus would stand

I’m sure he followed Jesus all of his days

He reminds us to be zealous too, come what may

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Simon?

Then you are right!

The last friend of Jesus had a very sad end

He betrayed Jesus and was no longer his friend

For only 30 silver coins he turned our Lord in

This man died a death covered in his sin

Now tick tock, tick tock before the clock stops

Who is this friend of Jesus? Tick, tock, tick, tock stop!

Did you say Judas?

Then you are right!

Song by Kathy Vincent, All Rights Reserved

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