Monday, December 3, 2012

Alphabet Advent – D is for...

D-1-cap

rums



The Little Drummer Boy
Illustration by Ezra Jack Keats

The Little Drummer Boy
 was composed by Katherine K. Davis in 1941 based on a Czech carol. She specialized in composing music for girls and amateur choirs. The original arrangement was written with the sopranos carrying the melody, the altos providing the harmony, and the tenor and bass parts creating a rhythmic drum.  It was first recorded by the Trapp Family Singers in 1955.

Little Drummer Boy

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 honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
When we come.

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 our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Rum pum pum pum
Shall I play for you!
Pa rum pum pum
On my drum.

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
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.

2017 Update

This song usually makes me giggle with all of it's rum pum pum pums; however, after watching a ridiculous number of renditions of this carol on YouTube, it's about so much more than playful onomatopoeia. Here are my favorite versions that capture the themes of worship, sacrifice, acceptance, consecration, innocence, hope, and joy.

When we are faced with limitations and heartache, our humble offerings feel so inadequate. We may feel insignificant, forgotten, and invisible, but the Savior of the world, who came to earth in the most humble of circumstances, hears us, sees us, understands us, and loves us. When we join together to worship and celebrate, our hearts are changed. What was once too small or flawed, becomes beautiful and complete. Our joy multiplies as we keep time together.

YouTube Playlist: Little Drummer Boy


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