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The Melodians When the psalmist wrote these poetic lyrics he couldn't have imagined how they would eventually be an inspiration not just to the Jews or the Christians but to the Rastafarian cult religion which by the s held sway in some parts of Jamaica. This strange cult, a hybrid of black nationalism and concepts developed through a pick and mix trawl of Old Testament Scripture, proved particularly popular among the rocksteady and reggae musicians who by the s were performing and recording regularly in Kingston, Jamaica.

In the Rastafarian faith, the term "Babylon" is used for any governmental system which is either oppressive or unjust. In Jamaica, Rastafarians also use "Babylon" to refer to the police, often seen as a source of oppression because they arrest members for the use of marijuana which is sacramental for Rastafarians. Therefore, "By the rivers of Babylon", according to Rastafarians' imaginative interpretation, refers to living in a repressive society and the longing for freedom, just like the Israelites in captivity.

Rastafarians also identify themselves as belonging to the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Not surprisingly, considering the content, Dowe and McNaughton used only the first four verses of Psalm for their song the final two verses of the psalm read, "Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks. Another Scripture, Psalm 19 verse 14 "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight," were used for another verse of "Rivers Of Babylon".

The Melodians' recording of "Rivers Of Babylon" became a hit in Jamaica and was seen as something of a Rastafarian anthem. From an aesthetic standpoint it is indeed a wonderful record with The Melodians sounding like a soulful gospel quartet though one with a reggae accompaniment. The group's recording finally found something of an international audience when used in the reggae orientated crime film starring Jimmy Cliff, The Harder They Come which came out in The Kry It was in though that the song found an international pop audience when producer Frank Farian got his studio creation Boney M to cover the song.

In the UK Boney M's shallow interpretation was hugely successful, clocking up more than 1,, sales and becoming one of the top 10 biggest selling singles in UK chart history. The artistic deficiencies of Boney M's hit didn't hide the memorability of the song or stop a shoal of artists subsequently recording covers.

But by far the best version of the song after The Melodians' original and one of the few which thankfully removed all hint of Boney M's clumsy, cod reggae rendition was by Canadian rock band The Kry. In the band recorded a fine rock style version for their 'What About Now' album. The song continues to crop up in films and video games even today and one wonders whether it's just a matter of time before a version gets to the Cross Rhythms radio playlist!

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