Rivers of Babylon
Boney M. Lyrics


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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

There 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?

There the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Requiring 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 meditation 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 remembered 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 remembered Zion (ooh, have the power)





By the rivers of Babylon (oh yeah yeah), there we sat down (yeah, yeah)

Overall Meaning

The song "Rivers of Babylon" by Boney M. is a tribute to Psalm 137 from the Bible. The lyrics describe the sorrowful experience of the Jews who were exiled from their homeland of Zion and taken to Babylon as captives. They wept as they remembered their lost homeland and struggled to find a way to sing songs of their God in a foreign land. The song is both a lament for a lost home and a prayer for acceptance and forgiveness.


The song is also significant because it represents a cultural fusion of Jamaican reggae music and African-American gospel music. Boney M. was a popular German-based disco group of the 1970s and 80s, but the roots of the song go back much further. The original melody for "Rivers of Babylon" comes from a Jamaican ska song called "Rivers of Babylon" by the Melodians, which was released in 1970. The lyrics to the song were adapted from Psalm 137 by Jamaican Rastafarians who saw parallels between the Babylonian exile of the Jews and their own experience of being taken as slaves from Africa to the Caribbean.


Line by Line Meaning

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
We sat down by the rivers of Babylon


Yeah, we wept, when we remembered Zion
When we remembered Zion, we wept


By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
We sat down by the rivers of Babylon


Yeah, we wept, when we remembered Zion
When we remembered Zion, we wept


There the wicked Carried us away in captivity
The wicked took us captive


Required from us a song
They demanded that we sing a song


Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?
But how can we sing the Lord's song in this foreign land?


There the wicked Carried us away in captivity
The wicked took us captive


Requiring of us a song
They demanded that we sing a song


Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?
But how can we sing the Lord's song in this foreign land?


Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
(repeated chorus)


Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart be acceptable in thy sight here tonight
May the words we speak and the thoughts we meditate upon be pleasing to you tonight


Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in thy sight here tonight
May the words we speak and the thoughts we meditate upon be pleasing to you tonight


By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
We sat down by the rivers of Babylon


Yeah, we wept, when we remembered Zion
When we remembered Zion, we wept


By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
We sat down by the rivers of Babylon


Yeah, we wept, when we remembered Zion
When we remembered Zion, we wept


By the rivers of Babylon (dark tears of Babylon)
We shed tears while by the rivers of Babylon


There we sat down (you got to sing a song)
We sat down and sang a song


Yeah, we wept (sing a song of love)
We wept while singing a song of love


When we remembered Zion (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
And remembered Zion the whole time


By the rivers of Babylon (rough bits of Babylon)
We were stuck in the difficult parts of Babylon


There we sat down (you hear the people cry)
We sat down and listened to the cries of the people


Yeah, we wept (they need their God)
We wept as the people needed their God


When we remembered Zion (ooh, have the power)
And thought of Zion's power


By the rivers of Babylon (oh yeah yeah), there we sat down (yeah, yeah)
Once again, we sat by the rivers of Babylon




Lyrics © TuneCore Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: James Agustus Mcnaughton, Frank Farian, George Reyam, Brent Gayford Dowe

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@letienne2874

Psalm 137
1  By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord
    while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
    my highest joy.



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