THE LAST DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS
by Rob Wynne
TTTO: The Little Drummer Boy (Katherine Kennicott Davis) / Peace On Earth (Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan)

Just last Christmas
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I gave my heart to you
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
But the very next day
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
You gave my heart away
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

This year I will not make
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
The very same mistake
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
To save me from my tears
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I’ll be more wise this year
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

Once bitten and twice shy
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I stay away from you
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
but still you catch my eye
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
Do you still recognize?
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

Well now it’s been a year
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I’m not surprised, I fear
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I wrapped my heart for you
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I meant my “I love you”
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

And now I know for sure
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
That I was quite a fool
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
but if you kissed me now
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
My heart would still unspool
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

[Peace On Earth Interweave]
A lover’s face, a fiery heart
(Just last Christmas pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I hid but you tore me apart
(I gave my heart to you pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
But now I’ve found a real love
(But the very next day pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I’ve found love, and you will not fool
(You gave my heart away pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
Will not fool. not fool me again
(rum-pa-pa-pum, rum-pa-pa-pum)
A real love
(This year I won’t give pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
can it be?
(you my heart)

Everyone must be made aware
Not to place hearts into your care
I care enough for my fellow man
To give all the warning I can

Now my new love will be true
(This year I will not make pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
She won’t hurt me just like you
(The very same mistake pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I gave my heart to someone
(To save me from my tears pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
Someone who I know will not hurt
(I’ll be more wise this year pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
will not hurt, not hurt me again
(rum-pa-pa-pum rum-pa-pa-pum)
A real love
(Me and my heart)
Can it be?
Can it be?

I first heard about The Little Drummer Boy challenge a few years ago. The idea was that you had to see how long you could go in December without hearing “The Little Drummer Boy”, and if you made it to Christmas Day without hearing it, you won.

In 2017, some enterprising folks decided to up the ante, by creating “Whamageddon”, which is the same game, except in this one you have to make it to Christmas Day without having heard Wham’s 1984 hit “Last Christmas”.

I didn’t make it on “The Little Drummer Boy”, thanks to a friend linking me to a skit featuring it, but I made it to Christmas Day without hearing “Last Christmas”, so….yay?

Anyway, I’ve certainly spent more time this year THINKING about “Last Christmas” than I might otherwise, and, well, my brain is a strange place.