The Little Drummer Boy

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.

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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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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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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Nugith

    THIS IS REALLY HELPFUL!!
    THANKS!

  2. PILAR

    Thank you for your resources! They are very useful!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Judi

    Thank you so very much. “The Little Drummer Boy” was taught to me by a very special teacher of mine who I will always remember and always love forever. It is teachers like this that you carry through your life with such appreciation. Merry Christmas and God Bless you all!

  4. Linda Johnson

    Can I have this playing in the background of a YouTube video while I am singing to it? I don’t want to violate copyright. Please let me know if that is okay or not.

    1. Singing Bell

      This song is copyrighted by a third party and Singing Bell uses it under permission, so we can neither give nor deny its use in a video.

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