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?
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