Wednesday, March 25, 2009
By the Rivers of Babylon
By Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton (words adapted from Psalm 137 in The Bible)
Original recording by The Melodians
Rise Up Singing chapter: Freedom, p.63
D - - - / A - D - / - - G D / - - A D
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
And there we wept when we remember(ed) Zion
*There the wicked* carry us away captivity, require of us a song
How can we sing *King Alfa's* song in a strange land?
Alt: *The Babylonians* carry us away captivity, require of us a song
How can we sing *the Lord's* song in a strange land?
Bridge: D A D A / D A D -
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in thy sight *over I*
Alt: Be acceptable in thy sight *here tonight*
This is from Psalm 137, which in the Complete Jewish Bible, goes like this:
1 By the rivers of Bavel we sat down and wept as we remembered Tziyon. 2 We had hung up our lyres on the willows that were there, 3 when those who had taken us captive asked us to sing them a song; our tormentors demanded joy from us -"Sing us one of the songs from Tziyon!" 4 How can we sing a song about ADONAI here on foreign soil?