The Little Drummer Boy lyrics

Celtic Woman

Veni redemptor gentium (Come, Redeemer of the nations;)
Ostende partum virginis (Show forth the Virgin birth;)

Miretur omne saeculum (Let every age marvel:)
Talis decet partus deum (Such a birth befits God.)

Puer natus est nobis
Filius datus est nobis
(A Boy is born to us.)

Come, they told me, parum pum pum pum
Our new born King to see, parum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, parum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, parum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
So to honour Him, parum pum pum pum
When we come

Baby Jesus, parum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, parum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, parum pum pum pum
That's fit to give a King, parum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you, parum pum pum pum
On my drum?

Mary nodded parum pum pum pum
The Ox and Lamb kept time, parum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, parum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, parum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum
Then He smiled at me, parum pum pum pum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Na na na na...

Song Details

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Writer: Katherine Kennicott Davis (1941)
Born: June 25, 1892 in St. Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
Died: April 20, 1980
Profession: American classical music composer, pianist and teacher.

Veni redemptor gentium: Christmas hymn by St. Ambrose (340 – 397) - bishop of Milan... learn more

Puer natus est nobis: Gregorian Chant from Isaiah 9:6... more

Brief: "The Little Drummer Boy" is a popular Christmas song that tells the story of a young boy who visits the baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The song emphasizes the idea that even the humblest gift, when offered with a sincere heart, can be a meaningful and cherished offering.

Here's a summary of the song's narrative:

The song begins by introducing the little drummer boy, a poor and young child. He has no gift to bring to the newborn Jesus in Bethlehem, unlike the valuable gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh brought by the wise men. However, the boy is determined to show his reverence and love for the baby Jesus.

With no material gift to offer, the little drummer boy comes up with a simple and heartfelt idea. He decides to play his drum for the newborn King. The boy approaches Mary and asks for permission to play for the baby. Mary nods in approval, allowing him to proceed.

As the boy begins to play his drum, he plays with all his heart and skill. He plays his best for the baby Jesus, hoping that his music will be a meaningful gift. As he plays, he sees that his music captures the attention of both the baby Jesus and his mother Mary.

The song portrays a touching scene where the little drummer boy, in his simplicity and sincerity, manages to touch the hearts of those present with his music. The message conveyed is that the boy's offering, though humble compared to the lavish gifts of the wise men, is equally valuable because of the love and devotion with which it is given.

"The Little Drummer Boy" is a reminder of the true spirit of Christmas – the act of giving from the heart, regardless of one's social status or the grandeur of the gift. The song's message resonates with the idea that what matters most is the intention and the genuine love that accompanies a gift.

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