Looking for some simple melodies or call-and-response songs for your youth group, community choir, or classroom? You’ve come to the right place! Take a look through our Song Library, and let us know if you have a song to share. Send audio or video files to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
|The Kuku Rhythm
A good choice for groups who are more proficient or experienced in creating sounds and movement with their bodies.
|Group Song: Siyahamba
Facilitator Xoli Fuyani shares Siyahamba (Walking in the Light of God), a South African hymn and traditional gospel song often sung in school assembly.
PYE co-founder Charlie Murphy leads a rhythm at a training in Uganda. A great way to engage folks in creating sound and movement with their own bodies.
Facilitator and Music Educator Rebekka Goldsmoth shares the beautiful 3 part Harmony of This, by Becky Reardon.
|Walk in the Power
Facilitator Vanessa Richards shares a powerful song for energizing groups and moving people to action.
|Lokah Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Facilitator, vocalist, composer and sound healer Gina Sala shares the beautiful Sanskrit Devotional Mantra.
Facilitator and mindfulness coach Olusola Adebiyi shares an energizing South African harmony.
Facilitator Cecilia Zanotti shares a powerful song taught to her by the Pataxó people of Bahia Brazil.
|I Am Worthy
Metta Paterson teaches a beautiful song of affirmation by Yvette Narlock.
|The Peace Village Song
In this video Paul Simon performs his original song, written and created for use at youth camps.
Gina Sala leads a song of adoration that she learned in Ghana.
Xoli Fuyani shares a Zulu song which became an anti-apartheid protest song.
|The Bodhisattva Song
Paul Simon performs one of his original songs in a call-and-response style.
|I Send My Love
A beautiful way to celebrate and acknowledge new friendships and the imminent parting of ways, particularly towards the end of a youth camp.
| We Are Marching
Facilitator Robin Jackson shares a version of this much loved camp song.
This name chant (see sound file below) is led by Joanne Lauterjung Kelly and was taught to her by a Liberian woman with whom she worked. It’s useful as a tool for helping a group start thinking about rhythm while learning each others’ names.
More Song Ideas from the Web
This is a 3 part song that helps to affirm our connection with each other and with the world we walk in.
Let us See the Beauty
This beautiful song is explained brilliantly on the Songs for the Great Turning website. It is a song of love for life.
Showing gratitude for the oceans with a 4 part harmony that is calming and comforting, like the ocean waves.
Thank you to PYE alumni Susan White who shared this song with us after attending one of our trainings. “I just attended the workshop with Nadia Chaney in Owen Sound and it was the best training I have ever been to. I feel electric”
Please note: All of the songs that PYE uses in workshops and facilitation have come to us through others. Many have their roots in deep heritage and traditions and we do not claim to own or have the rights to any of them. In many cases we are not able to say for sure that the lyrics are true to the original. It is very possible that they have changed and altered over time as they are passed from person to person. If you have any information about the origins of any of the songs you hear here then please do let us know – we would be happy to update our records.