The Little Drummer Boy chords and lyrics

by Faith Hill

Xmas Bells Song Details

Words & Music: Katherine Kennicott Davis - 1941 (original key - F Major)
Modern Arrangement: Henry Onorati & Harry Simeone
Featured Artist: Faith Hill from the album Joy to the World
Music: A Major → E Major → B Major in 4/4 time at ~ 60 bpm (Minim)
Song Chords: A, E, D, B, F#
  • A: x02220
  • E: 022100
  • D: xx0232
  • B: xx4442
  • B: x24442 (B)
  • F#: 244322 (B)

Charts

The Little Drummer Boy by Faith Hill

Intro: 4/4 || Hum...  | Hum...  | Hum...  | Hum...  ||

    A             
1. Come they told me___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  A
   Our new born King to see___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  E   
   Our fin-est gifts we bring___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  E           A                   D
   To lay be-fore the King___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
   A                  E
  Rum pum pum pum___ Rum pum pum pum 
   A                               
   So to ho-nor Him___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
    E       A  
   When we come 

   | Hum | Hum pum pum | Pum pum | Hum  pum  pum | Pum pum |

   A              
2. Ba-by Je-sus___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  A
   I am a poor boy too___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  E
   I have no gift to bring___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  E               A                   D
   That's fit to give our King___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
    A                  E
   Rum pum pum pum___ Rum pum pum pum 
     A                               
   Shall I play for you___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
   E      A  
   On my drum

 | Pum pum | Rum pa ra ra  Pum pum |Pa ra ra Pum | Rum pa ra ra Pum pum |Pa ra ra Pum |... key change

   E                      
3. Ma-ry nodded___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  E
   The ox and lamb kept time___ Pa rum pum pum pum
  B
   I played my drum for Him___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
  B             E                  A
   I played my best for Him___ Pa rum pum pum pum                                                   
    E                  B                    
   Rum pum pum pum___ Rum pum pum pum 

 | Pum Pa ra ra Pum Pa ra ra |Pum Pa ra ra Pum Pa ra ra | Pum |... key change

    B                           
   Then He smiled at me___ Pa rum pum pum pum 
   F#         B  |...Pum pum | F#         B    | Hum  | Hum | Rum...
   Me and my drum...           Me and my drum...        mmm...
                                   rit... 

A Major → E Major → B Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Fingers/Notes 
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: play open
x: don't play string
barre: barre chord

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
          A                E                D               B             B (barre)           F#
   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|-2-|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|---|-3-|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|-4-|   B|-1-|---|-4-|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|---|-2-|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|---|-3-|   G|-1-|---|-3-|   G|-1-|-2-|---|
   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-3-|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|-2-|   D|-1-|---|-2-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|
   A|---|---|---|   A|---|-2-|---|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|-1-|---|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---| 
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        2   3   4        2   3   4        2   3   4 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       A                E                D               B             B (barre)           F#
 |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|-2-|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|-3-|---|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|-3-|B   |-4-|---|---|B   |-4-|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B
 |---|-2-|---|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |-3-|---|---|G   |-3-|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G
 |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-3-|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |-2-|---|---|D   |-2-|---|-1-|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D
 |---|---|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A
x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        4   3   2        4   3   2        4   3   2  Frets

Notes

  • The song starts in the key of A Major (3 sharps - F# C# G#) with a key change going into the 3rd verse to E Major (4 sharps - F# C# G# D#), and a final key change to B Major (5 sharps - F# C# G# D# A#) going into the last 2 lines of the 3rd verse.
  • There is a lot of 'Pa ra pa pamming' going on in this song, and I have included it in various parts of the song where it helps to keep track of bar counts, etc. It's almost a cross between African Traditional and Gregorian Chant and works beautifully in this song.
  • I have kept the chords to a minimum so that most of you can play along. The harder chords include F# and B. If you can't play barre chords, use the B (alternative) on the chart above. You can play the F# exactly the same as the B except the chord shape starts on fret 9 instead of fret 2. The chord would be written as x-x-11-11-11-9. If this sounds a little high, the easiest alternative for F# is exactly as the chart suggests except you omit the barre line and play it like an F major chord starting on the 2nd fret instead of the first.
  • If you usually play an F chord with the extra note on the 5th string, make sure you don't hit the 6th string when you play the F#. The chord would be written as: x44322
  • If you usually play an F without the extra note, make sure you don't hit the 5th and 6th strings when you play the F#. The chord would be written as: xx4322
  • Alternatively, if you are finger-picking, you could play the F# exactly the same way as an open E chord shape except you move up 2 frets and make sure you don't play strings 1, 2, and 6. The E chord is written as 022100. The F# chord is written as x443xx. You probably wouldn't strum this chord as you would most likely play some unwanted notes.
  • Remember you are in 4/4 time which means 4 quarter-note / crotchet beats per bar. The tempo is set at 60 bpm in half-note / minim time which means the beat occurs on the 1st and 3rd beats of each bar... every second beat. If you want to count on every beat, the tempo would be set at 120 bpm. If you are using a metronome or click track, 60 bpm is more in keeping with the 'feel' of the song and is preferable... the choice is yours.
  • 'rit' is short for ritardando, which means to slow down. You will find this on the last line of the song.
Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

"Come", they told me
Pa ra pa pa pum
"A new born King to see"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"Our finest gifts we bring"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"To lay before the King,"
Pa ra pa pa pum,
Ra pa pa pum,
Ra pa pa pum
"So to honour Him"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"When we come."

"Little baby,"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"I am a poor boy too,"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"I have no gift to bring"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"That's fit to give our King."
Pa ra pa pa pum,
Ra pa pa pum,
Ra pa pa pum
"Shall I play for you"
Pa ra pa pa pum
"On my drum?" 

Mary nodded
Pa ra pa pa pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa ra pa pa pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa ra pa pa pum
I played my best for Him
Pa ra pa pa pum,
Ra pa pa pum,
Ra pa pa pum
Then He smiled at me
Pa ra pa pa pum
Me and my drum

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