SmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1723 posts, RR: 25 Posted (9 years 8 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3560 times:
For as long as I can remember, at least since my childhood, the staple campfire song "Kum Ba Yah" (usually sung by my family, or a group at camp, or wherever, around a campfire, usually to the accompaniment of an acoustic guitar) has become a permanent memory in my mind.
My family have sung it around the campfire (to my guitar accompaniment), and when I have attended summer camp in my distant youth, we campers and counselors have also sung it.
When my family sing it, we add our own words to it (in extra stanzas), since it is an ongoing song where you can add whatever lyrics you fancy to it.
I've been wondering for a long time now, where did "Kum Ba Yah" originate? Why is it still popular today? I want to hear your explanations for it (even the wild ones you can think up, such as aliens taught it to the hippies in the 1960s, etc)!
Will we still be singing it for a long time to come? When I'm an old grey-haired man (wait, I'm ALREADY grey!), will I still be strumming my guitar to that tune?
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
Kum ba yah, meaning "Come By Here" in the Gullah language, is the title of a Christian hymn which originated in the lowlands of South Carolina. Gullah — a Creole blend of heavily-accented English and West African languages — was spoken by the African-American slaves living in the area. The melody is of African origin.