Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy

Bing Crosby, David Bowie Buy

About Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy

"Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy" (sometimes titled "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth") is a Christmas song with an added counterpoint performed by David Bowie and Bing Crosby. "The Little Drummer Boy" is a Christmas song written in 1941, while the "Peace on Earth" tune and lyrics, written by Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan, were added to the song specially for Bowie and Crosby's recording. The single saw commercial success upon its release in 1982 and peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart. The single became one of Bowie's best selling in his career, with total estimated sales over 400,000 in the UK alone. The song has since become a Christmas classic in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom and has been referred to by The Washington Post as "one of the most successful duets in Christmas music history". In 2008, a rerecorded version by Aled Jones and Terry Wogan—under the name "Bandaged"—was released by Warner Home Music as part of BBC Children in Need Appeal 2008. This version also reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, topping the Scottish Singles Chart in the process. 


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Hello, you the new butler?

Hahaha! Well, it's been a long time since I've been the new anything!

What's happened to Hudson?

I guess he's changing

Yeah, he does that a lot doesn't he? Umm, oh, I'm David Bowie. I live down the road


Sir Percival lets me use his piano when he's not around. He's not around, is he?

I can honestly say I haven't seen him, but come on in! Come here!
Come on in!

Are you related to Sir Percival?

Well, distantly, yeah

Oh, you're not the, uh, poor relation from America, right?

Ha! Gee, news sure travels fast, doesn't it? I'm Bing

Oh, I'm pleased to meet you. You're the one that sings, right?

Well, right or wrong, I sing either way

Oh well, I sing too

Oh good! What kind of singing?

Well, mostly the contemporary stuff. Do you, uh, do you like modern music?

Oh, I think it's marvelous! Some of it really fine
But tell me, have you ever listened to any of the older fellas?

Oh, yeah, sure. I like ah, John Lennon and the other one with, eh, Harry Nilsson

Mmm, you go back that far, huh?

Yeah, I'm not as young as I look

Haha! None of us is these days

In fact, I've got a six year old son
And he really gets excited around the Christmas holiday-thing

Do you go in for any of the traditional things in the Bowie household, Christmas time?

Oh, yeah, most of them really. Presents, tree, decorations, agents sliding down the chimney


I was just seeing if you were paying attention


Actually our family do most of the things other families do. We sing the same songs

Do you?

I even have a go at 'White Christmas'

You too, huh?

And this one. This is my son's favorite. Do you know this one?

Oh, I do indeed, it's a lovely thing

Come they told me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
A newborn king to see pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Our finest gifts we bring pa-rum-pum-pum-pum
Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

Peace on Earth can it be? (Come they told me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
Years from now, perhaps we'll see? (A newborn king to see pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
See the day of glory (our finest gift we bring pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
See the day, when men of good will (to lay before the king pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
Live in peace, live in peace again (rum-pum-pum-pum)
Peace on Earth (so to honor him pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
Can it be (when we come)

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true (little baby pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
For my child and your child too (I stood beside him there pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
He'll see the day of glory (I played my drum for him pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
See the day when men of good will (I played my best for him pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
Live in peace, live in peace again (rum-pum-pum-pum)
Peace on Earth (then he smiled at me pa-rum-pum-pum-pum)
Can it be (me and my drum)

Can it be

It's a pretty thing, isn't it?
I'm sure glad you came by to work out on the piano today

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Bing Crosby

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977) was an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation. more »

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Written by: Alan W Kohan, Ian Fraser, Lawrence A Grossman


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