"The Richest Man In Babylon" as written by and Garza Hilton....
There is no guidance in your kingdom
Your wicked walk in Babylon
There is no wisdom to your freedom
The richest man in Babylon

Your beggars sleep outside your doorway
Your prophets leave to wonder on
You fall asleep at night with worry
The saddest man in Babylon

The wicked stench of exploitation
Hangs in the air and fingers on
Beneath the praise and admiration
The weakest man in Babylon

There is no hope left in your kingdom
Your servants have burned all their songs
Nobody here remembers freedom
The richest man in Babylon


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"The Richest Man in Babylon" as written by Richard Eric Hilton Norman Howell

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  • +2
    General CommentBah! Corrections to the lyrics... there is no such thing as quidance. Its Guidance. Hangs in the air and LINGERS on not FINGERS on. Not so obvious: you fall asleep at night with WORRIES.

    Missing Lyrics:

    (scat)
    babylon no get rich again
    but to end up sick again
    and you end up weak again
    babylon
    (scat)

    babylon you run that car
    you better know you you better understand
    the rancher man you better hear what we say
    babylon this is your final day
    babylon this is your final call
    read the writing that's on the wall
    see divided we stand
    and together we fall
    you never know that
    you not gon' catch me in a rat pack
    we not gon' fall away from it jah
    no way
    DigitalOSHon December 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta great song...

    literally... it's about unfairness, explotation and social inequality in the socio-economic system our world is living in.
    Taking in account that the song was released pretty much close to the US invasion to Iraq (the territory where the old Babylon used to stand), it could also be seen as a direct criticism to the Bush regime.
    Outernationaliston August 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo one's commented... but this is a good song
    fruitonpieon March 21, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis song is deep. But as a man that fought in Iraq, I believe that the song is more about Saddam Hussein. Baghdad is Babylon. The richest man in Babylon was Saddam Hussein before OIF. His sons would torture the innocent and helpless. No bigger celebratory fire that I seen in my life until the day of their dead. The masses were in pain and divided (Sunnies, Shiashs, and Kurds dislike each other due to the infused rivalries and preferencial treatment of Sunnies). Anybody with brains left (hence the prophets left to wonder on). President Bush (the Rancher Man) warned Saddam Hussein (Richest Man in Babylon) many of times to give in before he saw his final day. Well, when that day came, Saddam Hussein was the saddest man of Babylon when American Troops found in a hole. Keep in mind that song are prophetic as well, so even it if was written before the war kicked off, it is my opinion that a good song or epic can transcend time.
    alejandrodon August 10, 2016   Link

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