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Kum ba ya 
By: Art Paul Schlosser
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Rank this week: 31 (↑5)
Duration: 2:36 
Release Date: 1998  (artpaul) 
Lyrics By: Art Paul Schlosser & Reverend Marvin V. Frey (artpaul) 
Music By: Art Paul Schlosser & Reverend Marvin V. Frey (artpaul) 
Produced By: Art Paul Schlosser & Randy Green (artpaul) 
Released By: Art Paul Schlosser Inc (artpaul) 
Published By: Art Paul Schlosser (artpaul) 
Licensing: CC (artpaul) 
Keywords: ART PAUL SCHLOSSER, FOLK, GOSPEL MUSIC, KUM BY YA 
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  • "this following quote I got from wikipedia" "Kumbaya" (also spelled Kum Ba Yah) is a song claimed to have been composed by Reverend Marvin V. Frey (1918–1992) in the 1930s in Portland, Oregon. Originally titled "Come By Here", it first appeared in "Revival Choruses of Marvin V. Frey", a lyric sheet printed in Portland in 1939. In 1946, the song returned from Africa with a missionary family, who toured America singing the song with its now world famous Angolan text "Kum Ba Yah". There is debate about the truth of Frey's authorship claim;[1] recent research has found that sometime between 1922 and 1931, members of an organization called the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals collected a song from the South Carolina coast. Come By Yuh, as they called it, was sung in Gullah, the Creole dialect spoken by the former slaves living on the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. In Gullah, "Kumbaya" means "Come by here", so the lyric could be translated as "Come by here, my lord, come by here."[1] Another version was preserved on a wax cylinder in May 1936 by Robert Winslow Gordon, founder of what became the American Folklife Center. Gordon discovered a woman named Ethel Best singing Come By Here with a group in Raiford, Florida. (artpaul)
  • Song Lyrics:
    Kum ba ya my Lord, kum ba ya
    Kum ba ya my Lord, kum ba ya
    Kum ba ya my Lord, kum ba ya
    Oh, Lord kum ba ya

    Someone’s crying Lord, kum ba ya
    Someone’s crying Lord, kum ba ya
    Someone’s crying Lord, kum ba ya
    Oh, Lord kum ba ya.

    Having a goodtime Lord kum ba ya
    Having a goodtime Lord kum ba ya
    Having a goodtime Lord kum ba ya
    Oh, Lord kum ba ya.

    I've got the Blues my Lord kum ba ya
    I've got the Blues my Lord kum ba ya
    I've got the Blues my Lord kum ba ya
    Oh, Lord kum ba ya.

    Someone’s praying Lord, kum by ya
    Someone’s praying Lord, kum by ya
    Someone’s praying Lord, kum by ya
    Oh, Lord kum ba ya.


    (artpaul)
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