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"The Little Drummer Boy" or "Carol of the Drum" is a popular Christmas song, popularized by the version of the Harry Simeone Chorale and has been adapted many times since.

The song has its roots in a French legend turned short story and play titled The Juggler of Notre Dame, wherein a juggler who has lost his faith performs his act in front of a statue of Mary, since he has no gift to leave in front of it. The story varies in certain details, but all have a miracle occur when Mary somehow acknowledges the Christmas gift.

Appearances in Christmas specials

Album releases

Lyrics

Come they told me, pa rum pum pum pum
A newborn 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

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