Monday, December 13, 2010

I Pray My Wish Will Come True

This song always feels so much more calming than the original Little Drummer Boy. A huge plus is that I love both Bing Crosby and David Bowie, the ones who sing it. Though Little Drummer Boy was written much earlier, this version, with the added "Peace on Earth" lyrics was created in 1977 for a TV special. It was written in 75 minutes because David Bowie did not like the original Little Drummer Boy. Bing and David rehearsed for one hour only and then sang this on the TV special, Bing singing the original lyrics and David singing the new ones in a round/harmony type style. Bing Crosby actually died a month later. I have to say, I rather like the newer lyrics better too. :)



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
Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

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 honour him pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
when we come

Little baby pa-rum-pum-pum-pum

I stood beside him there 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
And he smiled at me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
me and my drum

Peace on Earth, can it be

Years from now, perhaps we'll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true

For my child and your child too
He'll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be

Can it be

(c) Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, Buz Kohan 1977 "Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth"/Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone "Little Drummer Boy" 1958

12 days 'til Christmas!

1 comment:

Popbabe7 said...

Strange to see David Bowie circa 1977 (i.e. probably off his head on drugs) duet with Bing Crosby on a Christmas song! Somehow it works!
Merry Christmas to you!