The Origin Song Lyrics
Damani Nkosi Washington
Because I was tired of the conventional names
given black children.
No more European nonsense.
So I looked up,
in a friend of mines,
"African Naming Book"
And I found one name that meant,
because I wanted a son who was going to be thoughtful,
So I picked the name "Damani"
but not only did I want him to be thoughtful,
there was more
He had to be a leader,
So I found the word "Nkosi"
which means ruler, chief,
So thoughtful ruler is what I named my son,
Damani Nkosi Washington, that's my man
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