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"Kum Ba Yah"
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"Kum Ba Yah," Lyrics, Text Format



Reading, singing, and playing three parts, singing in harmony, and
chord identification: tonic (I), subdominant (IV), dominate (V).

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Description
 
  • Grade: Fifth

  • Origin: Africa - Traditional

  • Key: F Major

  • Time: 3/4

  • Form: phrases: ABAC - song: AB, chorus/verse

  • Rhythm: intermediate: | ti/ ri ta ti ti | syncopation,
    | ta/a ti ti | ta/a ta | ti ta/ ti ti | syncopation

  • Pitches: intermediate: Mi Fa So La Ti Do Re Mi Fa So La

  • Intervals: intermediate: Do/Mi/So ascending tonic arpeggio (I, F), So\Do (P5), Mi\Do (M3), Do/Mi (M3), Do\So (P4), So/Do (P4)

  • Musical Elements: notes: half, dotted quarter, quarter, eighth; tied notes, syncopation, vocal slur, three part harmony, chorus/verse, chords: tonic triad (I, F), subdominant triad (IV, Bb), dominate triad (V, C), supertonic triad (ii, Ed - diminished), harmony

  • Key Words: world geography: Africa; "Come By Here," sacred, laughing, crying, praying, singing, camp song, scout song, civil rights song, protest song, prayer song; possessive: someone's

  • Recorder: advanced: practicing B flat, three part ensemble, chord identification

 
 

"Kum Ba Yah"


"Come By Here"

       
    Chorus:  
 

Kum ba yah, my Lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, Kum ba yah!
Kum ba yah, my Lord, Kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah!

 
 
1.
Someone's laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone's laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone's laughing, Lord, kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, kum ba yah!
 
    Chorus  
  2. Soneone's crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Soneone's crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Soneone's crying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah!

    Chorus  
  3. Someone's praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone's praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Someone's praying, Lord, kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah!
 
    Chorus  
  4. Someone's singing, Lord. kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord. kum ba yah!
Someone's singing, Lord. kum ba yah!
Oh, Lord, Kum ba yah!
 
       


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