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Posted By: Nerd
15-Dec-08 - 04:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Kumbaya
Subject: RE: Origins: Kumbaya

I presume you're kidding?

See my post of 12 May 08 - 11:33 AM, for the full details, but in short, it is indeed in the collections of the Society for the Preservation of Spirituals, as "Come by Yuh," and appears in their book The Carolina Low Country, pp. 307-308.

Whether the word "yuh" or "yah" means "here" or "God" is actually pretty irrelevant. The "come by" obviously means where the singer is (ie "here"), and the request is indeed addressed to God. So the meaning of the song would be the same. But I think it means "here," not "jah."