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Kum-Ba-Yah (Fingerstyle)

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Kum-Ba-Yah (Fingerstyle) - Helmut Bickel ( 1 rating )
 Capo 3rd Fret - 3/4 Time
 Arranged By Helmut Bickel
 Audio File From Tutorial
Melody:
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   G           C     G             C
    _     _     _       _     _     _
   | |   | | | | |   | | |   | | | | |
e|-----|-------0-0-|-------|-----------|
B|---0-|-3-3-3-1---|-3---0-|-3-3-3-1-0-|
G|-0---|-0---0-----|-0-0---|-0---0-0---|
D|-0---|-----------|---0---|-----------|
A|-----|-----2-3---|-------|-----2-3---|
E|-3---|-3---------|-3-3---|-3---------|

 Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;

   D G           C     G C   G   D   G
      _     _     _           _   _
   | | |   | | | | |   | |   | | | | |
e|-------|-------0-0-|-----|-----------|
B|-----0-|-3-3-3-1---|-3-1-|-0---------|
G|-2-0---|-0---0-----|-0-0-|---0-2-2-0-|
D|-0-0---|-----------|-----|-----0---0-|
A|-------|-----2-3---|---3-|-----------|
E|-2-3---|-3---------|-3---|-3---2---3-|


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Lyrics:
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From: Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kumbaya


Version 1:
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        G             C      G
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
        G             C      D
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
        G             C      G
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
C   G   D       G
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Someone's laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's laughing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Someone's crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's crying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Someone's praying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's praying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's praying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Someone's singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Someone's singing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

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Version 2:
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Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Hear me crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me crying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me crying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Hear me singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me singing, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me singing, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Hear me praying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me praying, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Hear me praying, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Oh, I need you, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Oh, I need you, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Oh, I need you, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

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Version 3:
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Someone need you, Lord, come by here
Someone need you, Lord, come by here
Someone need you, Lord, come by here
Oh, Lord, come by here. 

Now I need you, Lord, come by here
Sinners need you, Lord, come by here
Sinners need you, Lord, come by here
Oh, Lord, come by here. 

Come by here, my Lord, come by here,
Come by here, my Lord, come by here,
Come by here, my Lord, come by here,
Oh, Lord, come by here. 

In the mornin' see, Lord, come by here,
In the mornin' see, Lord, come by here,
In the mornin' see, Lord, come by here,
Oh, Lord, come by here. 

I gon' need you, Lord, come by here,
I gon' need you, Lord, come by here,
I gon' need you, Lord, come by here,
Oh, Lord, come by here. 

Oh, Sinners need you, Lord, come by here,
Sinners need you, Lord, come by here,
Sinners need you, Lord, come by here,
Oh my Lord, won't you come by here. 

In the morning - morning, won't you come by here
Mornin' - morning, won't you come by here
In the Mornin' - morning, won't you come by here
Oh, Lord, come by here. 

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Version 4:
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For the sun, that rises in the sky
For the rhythm of the falling rain
For all life, great or small
For all that's true, for all you do. 

Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

For the second on this world you made,
For the love that will never fade,
For a heart beating with joy,
For all that's real, for all we feel. 

Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 

Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya;
Kum bay ya, my Lord, kum bay ya,
O Lord, kum bay ya. 
        
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Kum-Ba-Yah (Fingerstyle) - Helmut Bickel

Please visit Helmut Bickel’s Tutorial for the original tab, full lesson, audio file and complete breakdown of this arrangement.

The Tab file here is my own work and represents my interpretation of the song. Tab files with reference to any artist are not meant to be actual transcriptions of copyrighted material. All rights belong to the copyright holders.

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Kum-Ba-Yah (Fingerstyle) - Helmut Bickel
Kum-Ba-Yah (Fingerstyle)

Lesson from Helmut Bickel. Visit his: YouTube Channel

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"Kum ba yah" ("Come by Here") is an African American spiritual of disputed origin, but known to be sung in the Gullah culture of the islands off South Carolina and Georgia, with ties to enslaved West Africans. The song is thought to have spread from the islands to other Southern states and the North, as well as other places in the world. The first known recording, of someone known only as H. Wylie, who sang in the Gullah dialect, was recorded by folk enthusiast Robert Winslow Gordon in 1926. It later became a standard campfire song in Scouting and summer camps and enjoyed broader popularity during the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Adder: Bill Charrette [ willc ]
Date: 6/26/2021
Audio: Helmut Bickel’s Tutorial
Rated: (1 Rating )
Views: 70
MyTab: 16 Downloads
Genre: Traditional