Day 80 - Daily Sharing of: Gratitude, Concern, Prayer/Inspiration

June 4, 2020 - Lullaby

Today was the first memorial service for George Floyd. I watched. I cried. I smiled. I was challenged.


Today I also watched my beloved Goddaughter apologize for her human response at this time. I watched. I cried. I smiled. I was challenged.


There is so much on my heart this night. George Floyd calling out for his Mom as he took his last breath. What I want is a lullaby. I need a soothing lullaby.


This night I offer up a mash up of gratitude, concern and prayer in the form of this lullaby that I have etched in my heart from when I raised my babies. I learned of this lullaby on a CD that was my grounding force as a new mom to twins. Whenever things seemed off balance; I played this CD that is pictured here. I I highly recommend this Putumayo CD!


I remember in the early morning; and I remember in those wee, sacred hours of the dark night listening to this song. “Thula Mama” sung by Sibongile Khumalo. I embed a YouTube video of the whole CD. To hear “Thula Mama”, it begains at 11:53.


I could not find a good translation so I resorted to Google Translate to get this English translation. I dedicate this song, this night, to all who need a sweet lullaby.

Thula Mama - English lyrics translation


Be quiet, be quiet, be quiet, be quiet, be quiet, be quiet while mom is crying.

Be quiet, be quiet, be quiet,

Thula Mama calm down. Thula Mama calm down. Thula Mama calm down.

Be quiet, be quiet, be quiet.

Thula Mama calm down. Thula Mama calm down. Thula Mama calm down.

Samtata (Samtata), Samtata.

We put her home (We put her home), and she called home to fly.

Samtata, Samtata (Samtata),

We put her at home (We put her at home),

He just got home and said to the fly, Be quiet and be quiet.

Be quiet, be quiet, be quiet, be quiet, be quiet, be quiet while mom is crying.

Be quiet, be quiet, be quiet. Be quiet.

Thula The thula (silence thula).

Thula The thula. Keep Calm and Live.

Be still, be still, Father,

Be quiet,

Be still in my love.

Be still, my love;

Silence my child,

Be still in my love.

Be still, my love;

Silence my child,

Be still in my love.

Pay back because you represent, what I love about my life.

Pay back because you are waiting, what I ask for my sitting.

Be still, and be still;

Be quiet, be still,

Keep quiet.


Ooohhhhh I'm waiting for you

Ooohhhhh I'm the mom

Ooohhhhh I'm waiting for you right here

Ooohhhhh I'm the mom


Thula Mama Original Zulu lyrics:


Thula, thula, thula, thula, thula, thula mama musukukhala.

Thula, thula, thula,

Thula Mama thula. Thula Mama thula. Thula Mama thula.

Thula, thula, thula.

Thula Mama thula. Thula Mama thula. Thula Mama thula.

Samtata (Samtata), Samtata.

Sambeka ekhaya (Sambeka ekhaya), wasuke wakhaya wathi mayibhabhu.

Samtata, Samtata (Samtata),

Sambeka ekhaya (Sambeka ekhaya),

Wasuke wakhaya wathi mayibhabhu, Thula thula thula.

Thula, thula, thula, thula, thula, thula mama musukukhala.

Thula, thula, thula. Thula.

Thula Ma thula (thula thula thula).

Thula Ma thula. Thula Musukukhala.

Thula, thula, thula Baba,

Thula saba,

Thula sithando senhleziyo yam.

Thula sithando sam,

Thula thwana wam,

Thula sithando senhleziyo yam.

Thula sithando sami,

Thula thwana wami,

Thula sithando senhleziyo yam.

Buyisela phelabo ngoba umelile, lokho engimthandayo ngenhleziyo yami.

Buyisela phelabo ngoba umelile, lokho engimcelayo ngenhleziyo yami.

Thula, thula saba ngiyakubhabhazela,

Thula, thula, thula Baba ngiyakuthuthuzela,

Thula thwana.


Ooohhhhh ngikulindile

Ooohhhhh ngimina mama

Ooohhhhh ngikulindile khona la

Ooohhhhh ngimina mama

May it be so…


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