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Alternate spellings: Pat a Pan, Patapan
by Bernard de la Monnoye, 1700
Key signature: G minor (2 flats)
Time signature: cut common time (2/2)
Meter: irregular,
Public Domain
Chords are available in the PDF and in small-print modes.
1. Willie, get your little drum, Robin, bring your flute, and come. Aren’t they fun to play upon? Turelurelu, patapatapan; When you play your fife and drum, How can anyone be glum?
2. When the men of olden days Gave the King of kings their praise, They had pipes to play upon. Turelurelu, patapatapan; And also the drums they’d play, Full of joy, on Christmas day.
3. God and man today become Closely joined as flute and drum. Let the joyous tune play on! Turelurelu, patapatapan; As the instruments you play, We will sing, this Christmas day.