Friday, 4 December 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,
Would rise again today,
Her finest gifts She brings,
Sustain us 'til the Spring,
We will honour Her,
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.


Anonymous 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


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.

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."

Unknown said...

I wish I was there! What a great tradition.

much love

Dancing With Fey said...

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

Thanks! :)


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 - Watching Waves 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.


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...