Pagan “Drummer Boy”

One of the things I actually like about Christian culture is all the really beautiful music people have been inspired to write over the centuries. The more faith-inspired Christmas carols are often my favorites. When I attend Solstice and Yule gatherings, I often miss the songs that can’t easily be re-worked by just swapping in “Solstice” or “Yuletide” for “Christmas”. So over the years I’ve slowly written alternate lyrics for some of my favorite serious carols. Usually my word choices are intended to be very general, so as to be useful in large, inter-traditional gatherings of Pagans.

This year I finally finished the version of Little Drummer Boy that’s been running through my head with partial words for the last couple years. Feel free to use it, just don’t take credit for my words. 🙂

Come they told me – pa rum pum pum pum
The light of spring to see – pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest garb we wear – pa rum pum pum pum
Our finest food we share – pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum

So to greet the Sun – pa rum pum pum pum
When we drum.

Friends I hold dear – pa rum pum pum pum
It’s been a long, hard year – etc.
My garb’s not fit to wear
I have no gifts to share
Do I still belong
With your song?

Poor companion
The Sun is everyone’s
We care not what you wear
All that we have we share
On this longest night
Join our light!

So we gathered
We sang and danced and drummed
We kept the candle light
We vigiled all the night
All to greet the Sun



About EmberVoices

Ember Cooke has been a member of Hrafnar and Seidhjallr for more than a decade, where she trained to be a Seidhkona, Galdrakona, and Gythia. She founded the Vanic Conspiracy and made ordination vows to the Vanir and her congregation in the summer of 2013. She has contributed to several publications on Heathen and Northern Pagan subjects and regularly presents rituals and workshops at festivals. Her personal practice is more diverse, as the Vanir have lead her into cross-training and service for the wider Pagan community. This has including medium and servitor training in American Umbanda, clergy training with the Fellowship of the Spiral Path, and jail ministry for local counties. She holds a BA with honors in Religious Studies from Santa Clara University. Ember has lived all her life in the south San Francisco Bay Area, and is intimately bound to the valley of her birth.
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3 Responses to Pagan “Drummer Boy”

  1. lrose20 says:

    As both a UU and pagan, I love this song! Thank you and blessed yule!!


  2. caelesti says:

    Ah, that is so sweet! Generic enough the UUs would probably like it too!


    • EmberVoices says:

      Probably. It’s not that generic in my head, because it’s based on my experience with a couple of specific gatherings I’ve attended repeatedly over the years, where what we do really *is* stay up all night and then sing up the sun on Solstice morning.



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