A Sunday Song – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy

Little Drummer Boy ~ Katherine Kennicot Davis

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.

Every Christmas we watched It’s a Wonderful Life and White Christmas. Maybe that’s why I grew up with a crush on Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby.

I was a sophomore in college when I saw the Christmas Special with this Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet. Bing and Bowie, a most unlikely of pairings. The song combined an old carol – Little Drummer Boy (1941) with a new counterpart Peace on Earth, written especially for Bowie and Crosby.

The song was a huge hit (Crosby’s second biggest, after White Christmas), but it was also hugely controversial in the religious community. Churches protested this combination: two secular artists, singing of sacred things. It reminds me of other protests over other unusual combinations: of Jews with Gentiles, of sin with grace. It reminds me of Paul: But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice! Phil:1:18

I promised this song as a Christmas greeting to my blogger friend who loves the song but doesn’t care much for Christmas. Merry Christmas to you, my friend, as you lay low and to all as we try to play our best for Him.

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About Debbie

A former counselor and public speaker, I'm grateful for many, many things - God's grace most of all!

21 responses to “A Sunday Song – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”

  1. Debbie says :

    What a dear friend you are, to remember what others are going through and feeling, to bring something here just for them. :) I loved it. This has me thinking about Mel Gibson’s, The Passion of The Christ movie. There was much controversy over him and that movie, and his life has not been one without trouble . . .but yet look what God did with that movie and that unlikely pairing. :) What do I know, but grace.
    God bless you, dear Debbie, lifter of Jesus name and our hearts.

    • Debbie says :

      Dearest Deb – You’re so right. The Passion was an interesting pairing that God used in many lives. He works the way He wills. That’s part of the wonderful mystery of the Mighty! And Deb, what is there to know but grace? You are such a rich example of grace that I’m drawn to your words every day. Thank you.

  2. Drusilla Mott says :

    Debbie, I remember seeing this on TV way back then, and I absolutely loved it. I very rarely see it anymore, so thanks for posting it. You made me smile. :-)

    PS– I have nominated you for the 7×7 Link Award. Directions will be on my post Tuesday AM (the 27th).

    • Debbie says :

      Dear Dru – I’m so glad you enjoyed it! OK, I’m completely intrigued as I’ve yet to hear of the 7×7 award, but I thank you in advance and I’ll certainly check your blog tomorrow for further instructions (this feels kind of like a scavenger hunt)!
      Thank you, my friend.

  3. Kate Kresse says :

    Oh my goodness—White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life are my two faves too….LOVE Bing Crosby. i remember that Christmas special with Bing and Bowie….it is no wonder the song became a hit for the two of them, right? Love your blog. Merry Christmas a day late.

    • Debbie says :

      Hello Kate and a warm welcome to TMG! We already have a bond and we just met. Anyone who loves White Christmas, Bing Crosby AND It’s a Wonderful Life has to be a kindred soul! :D
      Merry Christmas to you, too, although now it’s 2 days late…
      ~ Debbie

  4. xandimusic says :

    this is so nice! Thanks and Merry Christmas!

  5. Jeff says :

    I find it amusing that people would fuss over Crosby and Bowie singing something sacred when they raved over Elvis singing hymns.

    By the way, White Christmas is my favorite Christmas movie. I have yet to get to watch it this year. Maybe tonight…

    Also…Chicago has a pretty good version of “Little Drummer Boy.”

  6. purpleborough says :

    Survived the Christmas Dinner. Listened once again to the awesome rendition of Bowie and Crosby. Had not heard it before today. It is indeed lovely. Hope you had a glorious day.

  7. Melissa says :

    Love the Drummer Boy. Have also spend many a Christmas Laying Low. And that worked for me at those times. Much different activities now. All celebrations are awesome!!! Love, mel

    • Debbie says :

      dear mel – you got a double dose of drums from Debby and I this year, didn’t you? ;) I’m so glad you’ve really ‘relished’ in the festivities! How wonderful!
      ~ Debbie

  8. Heidi says :

    I liked this video. Thank you for posting it. If inanimate objects speak of His glory, why would WE object to the testimony of anyone or anything that spreads the Word?

  9. purpleborough says :

    Thank you for this lovely tribute. You captured my feelings…exactly.
    Merry Christmas to a dear blogging friend.

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