Four Calling Birds...

Today It's rather cloudy and gloomy. And, in my home, there are some rather gloomy spirits as well!  So, what can be better than a sprightly Christmas song to lift the spirits?
  I wonder how many of you have heard the traditional Catalan Christmas carol, "Fum, Fum, Fum!"
I know I didn't hear it until I was about thirteen on a CD we received from some dear friends of ours!

  The word "Fum" literally means "Smoke", and could either refer to the movement of smoke rising from a chimney as seen from a distance, or, some say, refers to the sound of a drum. Still others say that it refers to fiddling (which, as you can imagine, I want, very much, to be so!), or the rocking of a cradle...Nah! 
  But what ever it was actually meant to be, I like to think of it in my own way. Take, for example, the first verse:                             
  On December five and twenty
      fum, fum, fum
On December five and twenty,
 fum, fum fum.
  Oh, a child was born this night
  So rosy white, so rosy white
    Son of Mary, virgin holy
  In a stable, mean and lowly,
 fum, fum, fum.
I would sing this verse as written, but inside, I'm thinking: 
 "On December five and twenty, 
 Fun, fun, fun, 
 On December Five and twenty, 
 Food, food, food,  
 Oh the time we had with trees and light, 
so stately and so bright,  
and the presents all so cunning, 
and the lamb chops shortly coming,
 Fun, fun, fun!"
And, so on! ... 

   Well, maybe not, but, anyway, that's the feeling I get whenever I sing this song. I think you'll understand when you hear it! 
   So, enjoy!
     And, just so you aren't trying to figure out the words, I'll post them below!
On December five and twenty
fum, fum, fum.
On December five and twenty,
fum, fum fum.
Oh, a child was born this night
So rosy white, so rosy white
Son of Mary, virgin holy
In a stable, mean and lowly,
fum, fum, fum.
 
On December five and twenty
fum, fum, fum.
On December five and twenty
fum, fum, fum.
Comes a most important day
Let us be gay, let us be gay.
We go first to church and then we
Have the sweetest buns and candy,
fum, fum, fum,
 
God will send us days of feasting
fum, fum, fum.
God will send us days of feasting
fum, fum, fum.
Both in hot months and in cold
for young and old, for young and old.
We will tell the holy story
Ever singing of his glory,
fum, fum, fum.

I would love to hear how many of my readers have heard this song before!  ~ Feel free to comment on my blog, I'm sure all of you know how much we bloggers adore comments!

  And......Be sure to have plenty of, 
                                 Fun, Fun, Fun!

1 Response
  1. Shiloh Says:

    Interesting! I've never heard this before. :)