Rivers Of Babylon

Album: Nightflight To Venus (1978)
Charted: 1 30
  • By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

    When the wicked
    Carried us away in captivity
    Required from us a song
    Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land

    When the wicked
    Carried us away in captivity
    Requiering of us a song
    Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land

    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart
    Be acceptable in thy sight here tonight

    Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts
    Be acceptable in thy sight here tonight

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

    By the rivers of Babylon (dark tears of Babylon)
    There we sat down (you got to sing a song)
    Yeah we wept, (sing a song of love)
    When we remember Zion (yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)

    By the rivers of Babylon (rough bits of Babylon)
    There we sat down (you hear the people cry)
    Yeah we wept (they need their god)
    When we remember Zion (ooh, have the power)

    By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
    Yeah we wept, when we remembered Zion

Comments: 6

  • Eisso from Groningen, NetherlandsWhy put the Boney M version on your website and not the original reggae version? Boney M are little more than a cover band, making money out of other people's creativity.
  • Cyberpope from Richmond, CanadaAnybody else notice it's the same tune as for Berlin's "How Dry I Am"?
  • Mel from Riverbank, CaThis song was covered by Sublime on album 40 Oz. To Freedom
  • Howard from St. Louis Park, MnThis was one of the few songs along with the Byrds Turn Turn Turn that was based on a biblical passage.
  • Olaf from Occidental, CaThis song was written by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican group The Melodians. They recorded it in 1969.
    It has been covered by Linda Ronstadt and others.
  • Axel Titus from Lake Forest, CaBoney M's only Top 40 hit in the US.
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