Video Video: Harry Belafonte with the Muppets

Thanks Trish Brubaker for posting this to Facebook. Activist, author, and priestess Starhawk commented that she uses the song in ritual to call the elements.

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VIDEO: Harry Belafonte and the Muppets sing a song taken from African tradition and folklore. The song is based on a story from Guinea. Harry sang this song years later at Jim Henson’s memorial service. Click through the video to visit YouTube where you can choose CC options.

We come from the fire
Livin’ in the fire
Go back to the fire
Turn the world around

We come from the water
Livin’ in the water
Go back to the water
Turn the world around

We come from the mountain
Livin’ on the mountain
Go back to the mountain
Turn the world around

Oh, oh so is life
Oh, oh so is life
Oh, oh so is life
Oh, oh so is life

Do you know who I am
Do I know who you are
See we one another clearly
Do we know who we are

Oh, oh so is life
A ba tee wah ha so is life
Oh, oh so is life
A ba tee wah ha so is life

Water make the river
River wash the mountain
Fire make the sunlight
Turn the world around

Heart is of the river
Body is the mountain
Spirit is the sunlight
Turn the world around

We are of the spirit
Truly of the spirit
Only can the spirit
Turn the world around

We are of the spirit
Truly of the spirit
Only can the spirit
Turn the world around

Do you know who I am
Do I know who you are
See we one another clearly
Do we know who we are

Oh, oh so is life
A ba tee wah ha so is life
Oh, oh so is life
A ba tee wah ha so is life

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