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Christmas Carol Countdown- Day 10

Day 10: Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy– Bing Crosby and David Bowie

I am really surprised that this song doesn’t get more radio play. I feel like years ago, it was spun much more frequently. I haven’t heard it on the radio once this year, and can’t recall hearing it last year either. The unlikely duo of glam rocker David Bowie and classic crooner Bing Crosby joined forces to sing this duet for the 1977 TV special Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas.

The story goes that David Bowie agreed to participate in the show because his dear old mum loved Bing, but Bowie couldn’t stand Little Drummer Boy and wanted to sing something different. Writers Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan got to work writing a new song that would work as a counter melody, resulting in Peace on Earth. The two melodies compliment each other well, as do Bowie’s and Crosby’s voices. Bing passed away five weeks after the taping, making this one of his last recorded performances.

Peace on Earth/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
Rum-pum-pum-pum, rum-pum-pum-pum

Peace on earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on earth, can it be

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
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on earth, can it be
Can it be

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