"Many Rivers To Cross" as written by and Jimmy Cliff....
Many rivers to cross
But I can't seem to find my way over
Wandering I am lost
As I travel along the white cliffs of Dover

Many rivers to cross
And it's only my will that keeps me alive
I've been licked, washed up for years
And I merely survive because of my pride

And this loneliness won't leave me alone
It's such a drag to be on your own
My woman left me and she didn't say why
Well I guess, I have to try

Many rivers to cross
But just where to begin, I'm playing for time
There are times I find myself
Thinking of committing some dreadful crime

Yes, I've got many rivers to cross
But I can't seem to find my way over
Wandering I am lost
As I travel along the white cliffs of Dover


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"Many Rivers to Cross" as written by Jimmy Cliff

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is a very soulful and upsetting song, not merely by the nature the cutting lyrics but the musical backdrop that so effectively laments.

    It's as powerful and emotional dirge, as I've ever heard.

    Jimmy Cliff, himself, meanwhile, is very much a forgotten hero. One day, I think and hope he'll be discovered by the mainstream as the great musican and man he undoubtedly is.

    There truly are - many rivers to cross - in life.
    BoHoon May 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVery true, amazing underrated singer. This is a beautiful song.
    baronofhellon June 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis loneliness won't leave me alone; very beautiful, as is the song !
    ajhaanon June 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe third verse is interpolated in Matthew E. White's "Will You Love Me"

    songmeanings.com/songs/view/3530822107859446052/
    MusicManMinardon October 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is from songfacts.com:
    Jimmy Cliff wrote this in 1969. After years of poorly paid tours of Europe, he remembered crossing the English Channel to Dover in a despondent mood, wondering what more he had to do to gain acceptance. When Jamaican filmmaker Percy Henzell heard this song, he offered Cliff the lead in his film The Harder They Come. Cliff's acting and soundtrack to the film made him one of the first international Reggae superstars.
    Harpman13on January 10, 2014   Link
  • -2
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    sexmaniacon March 05, 2006   Link

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