The Little Drummer Boy

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Carol, U.S.A.

By Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone
Copyright Emi Mills Music Inc. And International Korwin Corp

This popular Christmas song was written by the American classical music composer Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941, based upon a traditional Czech carol. Click here to scroll down to a more detailed song history


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“The Little drummer boy” lyrics (English)

1. Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see, pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest gifts we bring, pa rum pum pum pum
To lay before the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

So to meet Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

2. Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give a king, par rum pum pum
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum pum pum,
On my drum?

3. Mary nodded, pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him, pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Then He smiled at me, pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum.


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“The Little drummer boy” Music score with chords

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“The Little drummer boy” Teaching ideas

This song is a good opportunity for children to practice the change between half and quarters and repeat a stable motif.

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Ask them to clap (or use a little drum) steadily on the scheme “one half-two quarters”  and then the teacher starts to sing alone.

It’s not so easy for children to keep the actual song rhythm without following the rhythm of the lyrics, but there can be a real challenge for them: who is going to be the little drummer that will play the big drum of the class?



“The Little Drummer Boy” Song History

“The Little Drummer Boy” was originally titled “Carol of the Drum” because of the repeating line “pa rum pum pum pum” which imitates the sound of a drum.

The lyrics refer to a boy who appears before the newborn Jesus with nothing but his drum to present as a gift. He claims to be poor and plays the drum, which makes the infant Jesus smile.


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