Late Night OTB – Jimmy Cliff

Something a little different: Jimmy Cliff’s “Many Rivers to Cross,” from his 1969 self-titled album. It has been covered by artists ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Joe Cocker to Elvis Costello to Cher to The Blind Boys Of Alabama.

Lyrics via Sing365

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 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`ll be times I find myself thinking
Of committing some dreadful crime.

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
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.

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