Lola Kirke put a different spin on the Christmas classic “Little Drummer Boy” as she gender-flipped the cover and renamed it “Little Drummer Girl” ahead of the holidays.
Kirke, 28, dropped her version of the track on Thursday, revealing she recorded it to “update an old narrative.”
The actress and musician also unveiled an original Christmas song titled “Cross You Off My List”.
Kirke told Paper magazine, “Wyndham [Boylan-Garnett] and I originally wrote ‘Cross You Off My List’ in the wake of the 2016 elections.”
“It was a much more sombre sounding song that set out to question how to celebrate Christmas in such a fraught environment. While we’re still conflicted about how to invoke the ‘spirit of Christmas’ in today’s political climate, we decided to revise the song—set it to a more a upbeat chord progression and dash it with a bit more hope.”
She added of “Little Drummer Girl”: “We wanted to update an old narrative by changing the gender of the character within the song and set the classic to a musical landscape that was both exciting to us and also peaceful.”
The star also spoke to the mag about her latest album Heart Head West and writing music in a male-dominated industry.
She explained, “I was gonna be the boy that I wanted to love me… and I started writing the songs I wanted to hear.”