Oh, Lord, Kumbaya

How an innocent campfire song got warped by the cynicism of our times.

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Or maybe it's an indication that without the personal compass we lost on the trail years ago … we can't find that campfire anywhere.

Michael E. Ross is a West Coast journalist who blogs frequently on politics, pop culture and race matters at Culchavox; and is a periodic contributor to PopMatters. His writing has appeared in msnbc.com, The Loop, Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times.