“Little Drummer Boy” by Emmylou Harris

“Little Drummer Boy” is a terrific bit of songwriting.  My impression is that it’s never quite gotten the respect it deserves, perhaps because it’s never had a definitive interpretation.

This version is by My Sweetheart Emmylou™.  I would love it if someone would take this simple tale of humility in the face of the divine and knock it out of the park.  I don’t think Emmylou quite gets there, but she comes as close as anyone has so far as I know.

Baby Jesu,
I am a poor boy, too.
I have no gift to bring
That’s fit to give a King

Shall I play for you
On my drum?

Mary nodded.

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