Kum By Yah

DESCRIPTION: You know the drill: "Kum by yah, my Lord, kum by yah (x3), Oh, Lord, Kum by yah." "Someone's crying, Lord..." "Someone's singing, Lord..." "Someone's praying, Lord...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1958 (recording, Pete Seeger & Sonny Terry)
KEYWORDS: religious nonballad
FOUND IN: US(SE)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Silber-FSWB, p. 368, "Kum Ba Yah" (1 text)
RECORDINGS:
Willie Peacock, "Come By Yah (Kumbaya)" (on VoicesCiv)
Pete Seeger & Sonny Terry, "Kum Ba Yah" (on SeegerTerry)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Come By Here" (form)
NOTES: Although almost the prototypical camp song, and certainly a folk song in that right, genuine field collections seem to be few and far between. - RBW
But an early field recording, cited by Steven Winick, makes clear that the song was present among the Gullah people of the sea islands off the coasts of Georgia and the Carolinas; the title is "Come By Here" in Gullah dialect.-PJS
Last updated in version 3.5
File: FSWB368D

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