Friday, December 4, 2009

The Little Drummer Girls


Earlier this week the Women's Drumming and Goddess Chanting Circle met to celebrate the Winter Solstice. This is one of my most favourite circles every year. We honoured Sankta Lucia, the Nordic Goddess of the Winter Solstice, with drumming, singing and much snacking on seasonal goodies. We sang special Solstice songs and chants, some of which are "reclaimed" Christmas carols. One of these, "The Little Drummer Girls," is always a particular favourite of the women of the Circle -- for obvious reasons, no doubt! Here are the lyrics (and just imagine the pa-rum-pa-pum-pums in the second and third verses, okay? It'll save me lots of typing, LOL!):

Sun, they told us,
Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
Would rise again today,
Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
Her finest gifts She brings,
Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
Sustain us 'til the Spring,
Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
Rum-pa-pum-pum
Rum-pa-pum-pum
We will honour Her,
Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum
When She comes.

Winter Solstice,
We come to celebrate,
You have a flame to bring,
A source of warmth 'til Spring,
We will honour You,
With our drums.

May we meet again,
May hand and drum keep time,
We play our drums for You,
We play our best for You,
May You smile on us,
As we drum.

12 comments:

Sadie said...

I would have loved to have been there. I am a big drum circle fan. Matter of fact I just started drumming myself, I received a djembe for my birthday this past september and am in the process of learning to drum. Its been so uplifting and spiritual.

Stay blessed

sadie

mxtodis123 said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all. Wish I could find something like that here in the city. By the way, I love the picture...simple and festive.
Mary

Rue said...

I love this version! I can just imagine a roomfull of women playing this on drums...I'm getting goosebumps!

Blueberry said...

I love a drum circle. They turn up frequently here, and there's an all-day drum circle every year in the spring at the event called "Eeyore's birthday party."

staceyjwarner said...

I wish I was there! What a great tradition.

much love

Sarita said...

I love those lyrics. I need to print them out.

Thanks! :)

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

oh my...i love the song.i have to memorize it so i can sing it to my baptist cousins who are always trying to covert me before i go to hell..

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

Love those lyrics! How joyful it would be to be part of that drum circle!

Judith said...

Great lyrics! If you're pagan do you still get Christmas presents? Do you get to hang a stocking?

Renee said...

May we meet again.

I love those words no matter where I hear them.

xoxox

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Judith, just to answer your question: lots of pagans celebrate Christmas culturally, with presents and the whole nine yards. Others don't. It depends.

Jeanne said...

I love the 'remake' of the song. Wish I could've been there...