From the great Laudator:
Perhaps the song Kumbaya is not really an African-American spiritual dating from the 1930s, but rather a vestige of an ancient Greek skolion, a drinking song. Could kumbaya be a corruption of the plural of Greek ??????? (kumbíon = small cup)? By this interpretation, “my Lord” in the song is an address to the symposiarch, the master of the revels. “Kumbaya, my Lord, kumbaya” is therefore a call for the symposiarch to supply more cups of wine. In Latin, “Pocula, magister bibendi, pocula!”
I’ll never hear the song in the same way again.
The Wyoming Carmelites will never sing Kumbaya.
Therefore, refresh your supply of Mystic Monk Coffee today!