Mister Drummer Boy Man

Mr. Drummer Boy Man
Well, I walked farther than those camels
When I shlepped across that sand,
Hitched no ride in someone’s van,
Could not afford to fill a can
Full of gasoline for my Ford Taurus
When I got to that manger, man,
I played for him my drum.
Pa rum pa pum pum pum,
He gave me thumbs up and then he sang the chorus.

Hey, little drummer boy, man, play your drum for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
Hey! Little drummer boy, man, bang your skins for me,
In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin' you.

Playin’ drums for a newborn seemed hardly apropos,
But on that night so long ago,
The ox and lamb backed my solo,
While the sheep made yellow snow,
The shepherds said the wise men
were all such big shmucks
Now looking back’s no fun because I peaked a little young
Went straight to number one,
Playing for the big guy’s son
I thought the deal was done,
I’d make the big time and make the big bucks

Hey! Bubi Zimmerman, play that dreidel song for me,
Light the candles and let’s celebrate, it’s Hanukkah
(bad harmonica) I’m trying to learn harmonica

So all the years since it, yes it pains me to admit,
That drum song’s still my only hit
And I’m bitter just a bit,
But what really is the pit,
Is how my royalties are split
They go nearly all of it to my attorney,
Since the good gigs are so rare,
I just take whatever’s there,
Play every stinking county fair,
Opening for a band known for their hair
And I try hard not to care,
The dressing room I have to share
Is with some tribute band for Styx or for Journey

Hey! Little drummer boy, lay down a beat for me,
I’m Bob Dylan and I am Tangled Up In Blue
Hey! Little drummer boy, please percuss for me,
In the Merry Christmas morning I’ll come followin’ you.

Hey! Little drummer boy, man, play your drum for me,
I'm not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to.
Hey! Little drummer boy, man, play a song for me,
In the jingle belling morning I’ll come followin' you.