Navajo Prayer (When You Were Born)

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

Navajo Prayer (When You Were Born)

A simple and potent chant that can be sung in the round. The second section of the melody offers a little challenge in its offbeat rhythmic pattern.

Composer & Copyright

Navajo Prayer, composed by Jody Healy © 2004.



When you were born you cried and the world rejoiced
Live your life so that when you die the world cries and you rejoice

  • Michael Lojkovic

    that would be ‘funlenging’ (fun + challenging!) to learn in Sanskrit.

  • The lyric is actually based on a text by Kabir. A man from India told me that “every schoolchild in India knows this text” and then sang it the way he remembered it from childhood — in Sanskrit!

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