Rivers of Babylon

by Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers on 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican musician, singer and actor. He is the only currently living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievement in the arts and sciences.




By the rivers of Babylon ,
Where he sat down, 
And there he wept 
When he remembered Zion

Oh, the wicked carried us away in captivity, 
Required from us a song, 
How can we sing King Alpha's song 
Inna strange land? 

So, let the words of our mouth 
And the meditations of our heart 
Be acceptable in Thy sight
Oh, verai!

Written by: Brent Dowe, Frank Farian, George Reyam, Trevor McNaughton

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