Willie, Take Your Little Drum (Pat a Pan)

Carol, France.

This is a Christmas carol from France, originally written in Burgundian by Bernard de La Monnoye and published in 1720. Its title is onomatopoetic, mimicking the sound of the drums of shepherds gathering around the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Apparently, the same shepherds also play the flute, as indicated in the lyric “tu-re-lu-re-lu”.

The original title of this carol was “Guillô, Pran Ton Tamborin” (“Willie, Take Your Little Drum”).

1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (3 vote(s), average: 5.00 out of 5)
Loading...

 

Sing-Along Video with Lyrics


 

Lyrics (English)

Willie, take your little drum,
with your whistle, Robin, come!
When we hear the fife and drum,
ture-lure-lu, pata-pata-pan,
When we hear the fife and drum,
Christmas should be frolicsome.

Thus the men of olden days
for the King of Kings to praise,
When they heard the fife and drum,
ture-lure-lu, pata-pata-pan,
When they hear the fife and drum, sure,
our children won’t be dumb.

God and man are now become
more at one than fife and drum.
When you hear the fife and drum,
ture-lure-lu, pata-pata-pan,
When you hear the fife and drum,
dance and make the village hum.

 

Lyrics (French)

Guillaume, prends ton tambourin,
Toi, prends ta flûte, Robin;
Au son de ces instruments,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de ces instruments,
Je dirai Noël gaîment.

C’était la mode autrefois,
De louer le Roi des rois,
Au son de ces instruments,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de ces instruments,
Il nous en faut faire autant.

L’homme et Dieu sont plus d’accord,
Que la flûte et le tambour;
Au son de ces instruments,
Turelurelu, patapatapan,
Au son de ces instruments,
Chantons, dansons, sautons en!

Click here for more free printable Christmas lyrics.


 

Click on the button to watch a karaoke video and download a PDF file with lyrics to this song for free.


 

Free karaoke MP3 download

To download your free instrumental mp3 of this song, click or tap on the following button, then choose “Save link as…”

“Willie, Take Your Little Drum (Pat a Pan)” free mp3 download (instrumental)

 


Singing Christmas with Our Kids on iTunes

Listen to amazing vocal versions on our NEW “Singing Christmas with Our Kids Vol. 1” album and buy for only 9.99$/€

 


 

Click on the button to watch a piano tutorial video and download a PDF file with music score of this song for free.

Pat-a-pan (Patapan) - Christmas Music Score (in Dm)


 

Patapan (Pat-a-pan) - Free Christmas Carols mp3 download
Patapan (Pat-a-pan)

 

You may also like:

Petit Papa Noël

O Holy night

Bring a torch, Jeanette, Isabella

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Mia

    Hello, I was wondering if I could use your song recording for “Pat-a-pan” on YouTube? The video will not be monetized. We are having a children’s gathering in October and I am wanting to sing over your recording on post to youtube for the children to learn the lyrics and melody before the gathering. We will be happy to give you credit and post a link to your http://www.singing-bell.com site. Thank you for your consideration.

    1. Singing Bell

      Hi Mia! Since the video will not be monetized, we’d love to grant you the license. Thanks in advance for giving us a link, too!

Leave a Reply