The lyrics contain these lines:
- Gadji beri bimba clandridi
- Lauli lonni cadori gadjam
- A bim beri glassala glandride
- E glassala tuffm I zimbra
In an interview, Jerry Harrison named "I Zimbra" as his favorite Talking Heads song, and pointed out that the style of the group’s next album, Remain in Light, was indebted to the song’s innovations.
We also knew that our next album would be a further exploration of what we had begun with "I Zimbra".
- - Jerry Harrison, Liquid Audio, 1997 
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- David Byrne – vocals, guitars
- Chris Frantz – drums
- Jerry Harrison – keyboards, guitars, backing vocals
- Tina Weymouth – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Brian Eno – electronic treatments, backing vocals
- Robert Fripp – guitar
- Gene Wilder – congas
- Ari – congas
- Hassam Ramzy – surdo
- Abdou M'Boup – djembe, talking drum
- Assane Thiam – percussion
- Julie Last – backing vocals
The song was one of three songs (along with "Cities" and "Big Business") that were cut from the theatrical release of the 1983 concert film Stop Making Sense but were restored as a bonus feature for the 1999 DVD release.