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Susan Boyle's Poignant Cover of "Little Drummer Boy" Will Give You Holiday Feels

The Britain's Got Talent winner lent her angelic voice to this Christmas classic.

By Elizabeth Logan

Susan Boyle's classic, soaring voice has always been a perfect fit for traditional melodies, and her take on Christmas music is especially appealing. During a 2013 TV appearance, the Britain's Got Talent alum sang "The Little Drummer Boy," backed by a four-person choir and, yes, young boys playing drums. A bagpiper even appeared to add a Scottish flair to the bridge. (Boyle is Scottish herself.) When the screen behind her starts to show falling snow, you can't help but get in the Christmas spirit. Shall she plays for us? You shall, Susan.

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What to know about "The Little Drummer Boy"

Originally titled "Carol of the Drum," the song was composed in 1941 by Katherine Kennicott Davis, and first recorded a decade later by the Trapp Family Singers, the family singing group whose lives were the inspiration for the hit musical The Sound of Music. Composer Jack Halloran later rearranged the number, and his version became a hit. It's now considered a Christmas classic and is performed by Artists of all genres.

The song tells the story of a young boy who sees the Star of Bethlehem and travels to visit a newborn Jesus; not having a gift for the infant, he plays his drum, which pleases the baby and his mother, Mary.

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Lyrics to "The Little Drummer Boy"

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum

A new born king to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

So to honor him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Susan Boyle performing on America's Got Talent.

Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum pa rum

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum

I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That's fit to give our king
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
Pa rum pum pum
Pum pum pum pum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum

I played my drum for him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for him
Pa rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum,
Rum pum pum pum

Then he smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

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Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born king to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Me and my drum
Rum pum pum pum