Ide Were Were

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Ide Were Were

An ancient Yoruba chant to the goddess Oshun from Nigeria. Oshun is the goddess of fresh water, fertility, beauty, pleasure & love. The song speaks of a necklace given as an initiation into love.

Composer & Copyright

Traditional, public domain. Choral arrangement copyright Lisa G. Littlebird, instrumental arrangement by Zan Moore.



Em*= 0 2 4 0 3 0
C+9= X 3 2 0 3 0

Em* Am7 Em* B7
Em* Am7 Em* C+9
Am7 —–  D ——
G  ——  C+9 ——-
Am7 ——-   B7 ——


Ide were were nita oshun
Ide were were
Ide were were nita oshun
Ide were were nita ya

Ocha kiniba nita oshun
Cheke cheke cheke
Nita ya
Ide were were

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