The Little Drummer Boy


If you are my age, you can remember watching the Rankin Bass animated classic, The Little Drummer Boy, ” I remember tinkling it out on the the piano. When I decided to write or rather the Lord inspired Christmas in July, naturally it came to mind, here are the lyrics.

The Little Drummer Boy
Words and Music by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone

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 the King, pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum,

Shall I play for you, pa rum pum 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 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.

For me to get a blog post out of a few phrases and repetitive chorus you must understand that we are digging to the Word. First of all, we have Jesus as a baby but we are focusing on Him more as a man, teacher, savior. He bids us to come, doesn’t He, and especially weary and He will give us rest, His yoke is easy and light. We really have no gifts to give Him except  ourselves, our heart and soul. And I am sure you have hear that what you do with the gifts He gives you is your gift to God.

While the ox and lamb are not yoked together in the natural, they are in the Spirit. How?  Ab, is Father in Hebrew, sometimes word pictures are used in Hebrew, and the Father, an ox, for strength, head of the house, and of course we know why Jesus is the Lamb. The ox and lamb kept time? Yes, they do, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, exist through eternity, He holds time, the Bible says eternity, in His hand and He also redeems it.

The drummer boy is poor with no fit gift and offers his music to Mary’s approval, Jesus smiles at him. We don’t really have anything to offer Him either, but He likes praise and worship. Yet ,we can bring Him more than a song, is a line from another song, but a song in itself is not what you require. He looks deeper in the heart.

He rejoices over us with singing and quiets us with His love. Zechariah 3:17. The Lord loves music and it quiets and soothes the soul. I prefer the softer music, lively and energetic, is different to some of the music, everyone has their own taste. But do not be deceived the devil counterfeits everything, all music is not necessarily worship, while even just classic piano can be.

He promised to supply our needs according to His riches in glory, and we are to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice. It is our reasonable service. At least we can give Him ourselves and a song, and He will make something beautiful in it’s time.

We give Him our best and He smiles at us. Pa rum pum pum. I have no idea about that line. Guess it is onomatapia,  a word which imitates the natural sounds of something. So it is what they think a drum sounds like.  Rebecca Jones / public domain

  • I updated this, I did a lot of songs for Christmas in July. 2018

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