Rivers Of Babylon
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By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he wept when he remembered Zion

Oh from wicked, carry us away from captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing king Alpha's song in a strange land?

So let the words of our mouth
And the meditations of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight
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By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he wept when he remembered Zion

Oh from wicked, carry us away from captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing king Alpha's song in a strange land?
How can we sing king Alpha's song in a strange land?

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Written by: James Agustus Mcnaughton, Frank Farian, George Reyam, Brent Gayford Dowe

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By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he wept when he remembered Zion.

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

So let the words of our mouth
And the meditations of our hearts
Be acceptable in thy sight
O-verride

By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he wept when he remembered Zion.

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



brenda strummer12

By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he went, when he remembered Zion

Over the wicked
Carry us away; captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land?

So let the words of our mouth
And the meditation of our heart
Be acceptable in thy sight
Over I

By the rivers of Babylon
Where he sat down
And there he went, when he remembered Zion

Over the wicked
Carry us away; captivity
Required from us a song
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land?
How can we sing King Alpha's song in a strange land?



Astral Marmot

Spot on except the line is "and there he WEPT" not "and there he WENT". The Assyrians were among the first known conquerors to forcibly displace the conquered, ripping them from their homelands and either sending them to the hills or marching and dumping them into one of their three major cities: Ninevah (administrative capital of Assyria), Nemrud (military capital) or Babylon (contentious cultural capital). The Euphrates river delta - the rivers of Babylon - was the lifeblood of the Assyrian Empire, and hundreds of languages must have been spoken on its banks as captured peoples from across the fertile crescent were crammed into her cities and forced to provide labor for the Assyrian's grand works.

This was the fate of many of the peoples of the Kingdom of Judea. I'm not a history expert but iirc this hymn is attributed to peoples being marched back to Babylon after the sacking of Lakish and Jerusalem. There is a relief done commemorating the event, and the relief shows their captors being marched - men, women, children, even babes in arms - and depicts the captors forcing the defeated to play music as they march.

"There on the poplars

we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?"

The original psalm has a much grimmer ending, a prediction, one that would come to pass as the Assyrian Empire, weakened by drought and surrounded by generations of peoples inside and out born of the trauma they had inflicted on their enemies, was utterly demolished by the Medeans:

"Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks."

It is vanishingly rare in history to have records of historical events from both the conquerors and the conquered. This is an incredibly fascinating piece of history and I recommend watching the Fall of Civilization YT channel's video on Assyria if you're interested.



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Mark D

I always wished someone had recorded this live performance on a camcorder and they produced a visual reference. When I heard this back in the 90s my mind imagined what the scene looked like... how impromptu, raw and genuine. Feels like any late night jam session after a few brews and good times

CarThief News

I've thought the same for years...

Squiggs 【Glitches - ROM Hacks - Speedruns】

Reminds me of acoustic drunken sing-a-longs at the end of the night when everyone else is asleep and there's just two drunk dudes with a guitar left. Those days feel pretty far away now but it's nice to be brought back for a moment.

Ekahi Sallas

You just unlocked a bunch of lost memories for me.... mahalos 🤙🏼🤙🏼🤙🏼

Ethan Mayes

Honestly

John Rodehaver

Right on👍👍👍🤙🤙🤙

Shield of Faith

@M L book of psalms. Most reggae lyrics are from the Bible. That’s an old reggae song

Morgan Smock

What sublime was all about

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Ian Drenes

"Let the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight,
O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock
and my redeemer." - Psalms 19

Jerrod Lopes

@Mrs. Hatfield "Far the wicked carry us away to captivity". That's them being taken to Babylon. Straight out of the Holy Bible. "And there he went, when he remembered ZION" not remembered Egypt.

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