"Rivers Of Babylon" as written by and Bradley James Nowell....
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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"Rivers of Babylon" as written by Bradley James Nowell

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    General CommentDoes everyone have to be so friggin critical or crippling to everyone's healthy stream-of-consciousness by nit-picking others and attemtping to create a single meaning or defecate on a song by trying to fashion a single definitive was oy see/feeling a song? This song is very deep in roots with religion, by the way. This happens to be verses out of Psalms, relating to the Hebrew people preparing for the coming of their Lord. Rastafarians also relate to this because they felt that Ras Tafai, ras is an Ethoipian title for Prince, was an reincarnation of Christ. These people also had it deeply confused because it says also specifically in the Bible that He will return, but specifically, by the way He "left." (From the Heavens or that realm per se.) Also, the rastafarians basicly believe in Christ's word and the Bible, but they also have a mystical belief that we are a new creation and we can too add our stories and parts to the Bible if we live it out correctly. This is also often misconstrued and develops into a very wavy and jelly-like state of mind whereas nothing much amounts into a concrete Rastafarian creed of specific belief and this also draws me because part of faith is embracing the enveloping and subconsciously satisfying "Great Mystery", from the Bible, that stimulates that sense that it is really humbling and settling in creating the foundation for what we are in position to this Universe. This song is not a Rastafarian song, and Babylon is not strictly a Rastafarian concept, these are the common threads of a story of unraveling life and death propheticism that comes from hundreds years of trials and triumph. Rastafarians may be somewhat guilty for combining the sensuality of mysticism and pharmacology induced with religious trances of current government turmoil occuring in their country. It stems to a much deeper meaning though, of political slavery and injustices by class, race, and religion. People are human beings, and what makes someone feel they are insubordinate or pious when they just attend the right functions and act out in the appropriately presented terms of conditions? There is more to life, and many imperfections that we can all benifit from living/working through without quarreling, and that makes us all feel high. (The "The Bigger One" is not the one who is taller but who raises their head above in these situations to find a light for a better way.) We all need to make more connections, which makes many more other cluster connections, which can make overlying concepts which envelops cells of information and form organical systems in creating an idea of the bigger picture. Then there is the common fabric, which contains the allegory which contains many metaphors and other uses of peotic laguage as well. We all need to find a way to understand, make amends, and yes times chage but "Nothing is New Under the Sun." That is a famous quote of Solomon, who says that whatever manifests itself on Earth has been in effect alive or in existence in some other form, or in another realm as in the microorganic level, before appearing. This is when he was looking out upon his city, it's systematic movement of resource and it's fundamental organization. This explains that we are in fact manifestation of many centuries and millenia and the words that come out of our mouth might be divine inspired or in a tone that was influenced subconsciously by our innate ability to organize thoughts without our full awareness, which can often times serve as the best, most whole, and pure way. Sublime's sound is new, but it's tone rings true as the common element of many forces in nature and people's spirits in the past, present, and future to come. It carries new information but ties a lot of generally ancient intelligences to the up to date. That is life. The box set, my guess, was inspired by Solomon. And everyone will hear more from me... Peace
    Sol Auraon March 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCaressMeDown, this is not a Bob Marley cover. This song was written by the Melodians.
    velocityJEon October 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnevermind i read that ones guy response and looked it up he is right about the melodians but boney m sang this song too just so i don't look like a complete idiot
    ajw1988on March 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTHis song is in referrence to the Isrealites captivity a few centuries before Jesus' birth. The Babylonians had captured them and taken them to Babylon. THe Isrealites missed their land--Zion was their true religous home.
    schuttfaceon April 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIsnt this song Soothing????
    JayZ03on May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is soothing too
    punkrockron June 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat do they say at the beginning?
    PuNkDoLLon July 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably one of my favorite sublime songs...i love the whole acoustic thing.
    nyyanks596on July 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis actually in the bible, not word for word. One day for some reason i was looking in the bible and its in Psalms.
    Corypinsteron July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis is an awesome song. are the guys in sublime jewish or something?
    qwertyuiop311on July 07, 2002   Link

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