Baba Yetu

I found the lyrics today to the Civ4 theme music that I posted a few days ago. It was sung by a group called Talisman A Cappella that is made up of Stanford students. Much to my surprise, the song is actually the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili. Fancy that–the fourth iteration of the world’s most acclaimed and renowned turned-based strategy game has the Lord’s Prayer as main menu music. Who woulda’ thunk it? 😉 Read on for the actual lyrics!

Ok, here’s the song in transliterated Swahili:

CHORUS
Baba yetu, yetu (Yesu) uliye
Mbinguni yetu, yetu (Yesu), amina!
Baba yetu, yetu (Yesu), uliye
Jina lako litukuzwe.
(x2)

Utupe leo chakula chetu
Tunachohitaji utusamehe
Makosa yetu, hey!
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe
Waliotukosea usitutie
Katika majaribu, lakini
Utuokoe, na yule, milelea milele!

CHORUS

Ufalme wako ufike utakalo
Lifanyike duniani kama mbinguni. (Amina)

CHORUS

Utupe leo chakula chetu
Tunachohitaji utusamehe
Makosa yetu, hey!
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe
Waliotukosea usitutie
Katika majaribu, lakini
Utuokoe, na yule, simama mwehu

Baba yetu, yetu (Yesu), uliye
Jina lako litukuzwe.
(x2)

And here’s a rough translation into English:

CHORUS
Our Father, Jesus, who art
in Heaven. Amen!
Our Father, Jesus
Hallowed be thy name.
(x2)

Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us of
our trespasses
As we forgive others
Who tresspass against us
Lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from Evil, and you are forever and ever!

CHORUS

Your kingdom come, your will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven. (Amen)

CHORUS

Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us of
our trespasses
As we forgive others
Who tresspass against us
Lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from Evil, and you wake the dead (?)

Our Father, Jesus who art…
Hallowed be thy name.
(x2)

These were posted to the Civ4 Fanatics forum, along with a link to actually download the song for free:

http://www.civfanatics.net/downloads/civ4/music/BabaYetu.mp3

Evidently it’s legal, because you can also stream it from the group’s website:

http://www.stanfordtalisman.com/html/frames.htm

Sounds like a really cool group. I might try to pick up one of their CDs in the future.

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