Kumbaya

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Who hasn’t sung this song? Popular at camp outs and youth services.

Joining  Alphabe-Thursday Letter K

Lots of info at the Wikipedia site, but the upshot is…”no scholar has ever found an indigenous word ‘kumbaya’ with a relevant meaning.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbaya

Had not known that Pete Seeger recorded it in 1958

Recently “Kumbaya” has been used to refer to artificially covering up deep seated disagreements. To say “It’s all Kumbaya” means “It’s fake unanimity.”

Well, hope you have a Kumbaya kinda day any way!

Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s crying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s praying, Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.
Someone’s singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone’s singing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya.

6 Responses

  1. Robert P. Holland

    Laurie, thanks for reminding us of that song. I remember singing that song in the early ’70’s at youth camps.

  2. We used to sing it every time we went to girls’ camp.

    =)

  3. How well I remember that song, sung around the campfire at night. I went to church camp and scout camp every summer.

  4. Oh yes, I definitely remember singing this song — at camp and at church youth services. Always haunting and lovely.

  5. A song from my childhood, instantly takes you on a trip down memory lane. When was the last time you sang kumbaya. I was working as a camp counselor in vermont!
    Wren x

  6. I remember singing this around the campfire!

    Keep the wonderful songs coming please!

    Thanks for linking to the letter “K”.

    A+

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