ESL Video Quiz: syoneda: Harry Simeone Chorale: The Little Drummer Boy

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
Quiz #: 9874
(ESL Category: listening) A Christmas songbook wouldn't be complete without this choir classic

The Little Drummer Boy

Come, they told me (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
A new-born King to see (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
Our finest gifts we bring (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
To lay before the King (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum, rum-pa-pa-pum)
So to honor Him (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
When we come

Baby Gesu (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I am a poor boy, too (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I have no gift to bring (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
That's fit to give a King (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum, rum-pa-pa-pum)
Shall I play for you (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
On my drum?

Mary nodded (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
The ox and lamb kept time (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I played my drum for Him (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I played my best for Him (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum, rum-pa-pa-pum)
Then, He smiled at me (pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
Me and my drum

songwriters: Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone

performed by: Harry Simeone Chorale

date released: 1958 by Harry Simeone

In 1958, music arranger Harry Simeone was asked by Twentieth-Century Fox to record a Christmas song for a film. Simeone contacted friend and co-writer, Henry Onorati, and collaborated on a song called, 'Carol of the Drum' which later morphed into 'The Little Drummer Boy.' Simeone assembled a group he called The Harry Simeone Chorale to record his new song for the album 'Sing We Now of Christmas.' The single 'The Little Drummer Boy' quickly soared up the charts and remained there for the Christmas seasons from 1958 to 1962. The Simeone Chorale had another Christmas success during 1962, with their rendition of the then-new song 'Do You Hear What I Hear?'

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