Baba Yetu

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"Baba Yetu"
Song S by Christopher Tin, featuring Ron Ragin and Stanford Talisman
from the album Sid Meier's Civilization IV Official Soundtrack
Published2K Games
ReleasedOctober 24, 2005 (2005-10-24)
Composer(s)Christopher Tin
Audio sample
"Baba Yetu"

"Baba Yetu" (Swahili: "Our Father") is the theme song for the 2005 video game Civilization IV. It was composed by Christopher Tin and performed by Ron Ragin and the Stanford Talisman.[1][2][3] For its re-release in Tin's debut album Calling All Dawns, it was performed by the Soweto Gospel Choir. The song, when rereleased, became the first piece of video game music to be nominated for and to win a Grammy Award.


The lyrics of "Baba Yetu" (which means "Our Father" in Swahili) are a translation of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13).[4]

Swahili English
"Baba Yetu"

Baba yetu, yetu uliye
Mbinguni yetu, yetu amina!
Baba yetu yetu uliye
M Jina lako e litukuzwe.

Utupe leo chakula chetu
Tunachohitaji, utusamehe
Makosa yetu, hey!
Kama nasi tunavyowasamehe
Waliotukosea usitutie
Katika majaribu, lakini
Utuokoe, na yule, muovu e milele!

Ufalme wako ufike utakalo
Lifanyike duniani kama mbinguni.

Our Father, who art
in Heaven. Amen!
Our Father,
Hallowed be thy name.

Give us this day our daily bread,
Forgive us of
our trespasses,
As we forgive others
Who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from the evil one forever.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done
On Earth as it is in Heaven.

Baba Yetu performed by the parish choir "Martiri dell'Uganda" in Rome, Italy:

  1. "Looking Back... Civilization IV". CVG. July 6, 2006. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
  2. Nichols, Max (September 1, 2007). "Video Games Live". N-Sider. Retrieved July 13, 2012.
  3. "Talisman featured on Civilization 4". March 11, 2005. Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  4. "Calling All Dawns Digital Booklet". Christopher Tin. 2009. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2014.