Saturday, December 12, 2009


"The Little Drummer Boy" is a popular Christmas song, with words and music by Katherine K. Davis. Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone have been credited with writing the song, even though they were only the arrangers for their recordings of it. The version that made the song popular was the one sung and recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale. It is also known as the "Carol of the Drum". The lyrics tell the apocryphal story of a poor young boy who, unable to afford a gift for the infant Jesus, plays his drum for the newborn with the Virgin Mary's approval. Miraculously, the baby, although a newborn, seems to understand and smiles at the boy in gratitude. The popularity of this song is to be seen by the quantity of cover versions of The Little Drummer Boy - a total amount of over 220 versions in 7 languages are known, in all kind of music genres. The song has been performed by classical orchestras, choral groups (both classical and popular), easy-listening stylists, rappers, rock groups and so on. Bob Dylan covered the song for his 2009 Christmas album Christmas in the Heart.

Lyrics | Bob Dylan lyrics - Little Drummer Boy lyrics

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