Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers To Cross Lyrics

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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  1. Gary Jonathan

    always identified personally with this song since I was twelve and still do now at 48.

  2. Steven Little

    Why some people have to be so negative and say no one cares what brought you here I personally love to hear what brings people here.music is such a wonderful thing to bring people together so why your negative thoughts keep them to yourself

  3. Augustus White


  4. Mikey Cash

    This song makes my heart cry ❤️

  5. Nguzo LoveInLoFi

    I first heard this song in the "Long Kiss Goodnight" movie on VHS while in the Army and got pissed I went 19yrs. of my life without hearing it. I asked my friend, who was Jamaican and watching the movie with me, if he had ever heard it before and he was like of course, he grew up on this...

  6. Tracey Mcdonald

    Many river to cross, sometimes people look at you and think you're lucky. If you are not in my life you dont know what am going through

  7. Edward Pearson

    This song can relate to are darkest hour of suffering!

  8. Cartell Jenkins

    Here because of High Fidelity movie. One of Rob Gordon's Top Five songs to be sung at his funeral!!

  9. Oaks79

    I feel this song so much right now. The struggle is real.

  10. Mam Tra

    Voici un autre Grand Féticheur du reggae , Jimmy ne vieillit jamais . Son secret ? Demandez à U Roy ....

  11. Martin Robert Green

    Jimmy Cliff's Many rivers to cross, placed at baby granddaughter's funeral and last year at her father Anthony's. Met Jimmy many years ago, back in about the when a friend played drums with him on a tour. Such a good person. Samah

  12. ghostraideroner Adje

    Love this man ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤

  13. Giovanna Ciampolillo

    Mio Dio, avevo 14 anni e tutta la vita davanti_!!! :((((

  14. brits72

    God bless you Gloria I miss you ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  15. young goodman brown

    20th century music master James chambers a.k.a Jimmy Cliff extraordinary genius

  16. Karen Crawford

    this song brings me to my knees

  17. Odean Henry

    Some songs never get old

  18. Katia NICOLAS


  19. atty garland

    Why is Jimmy YELLING this tune? Seems like it is one that should be sung low sweet and low, like Sitting in Limbo ..

  20. Judith Williams

    Listening to this February 2020. Feeling down today and struggling.
    The the words "just where to begin" stands firm with me right now.

  21. Januda Pannila

    නදී ගංගා තරණයේ 😍

  22. Tre Napier

    The Long Kiss Goodnight used this classic track before Daredevil. I don't even remeber this song on that movie... That movie was whack.

  23. K L

    This must be the theme tune of the Windrush Generation ; trying to enter (and stay in !) the UK.

  24. Ashley Yu

    they took me and sent me to mental hospital 一年半載 to avoid law case

  25. Ashley Yu

    accused so to gather my remaining power and relatives and money to gamble life away again

  26. Ashley Yu

    they want to win my privacy and accuse me for adultery long ago I let their wish come true they still wouldn't let go

  27. Gabriel Radebe


  28. Gerwyn Evans

    This is such a fine song.

  29. Janilton Jan santos

    Linda voz

  30. Eliana Barros

    Lindíssima voz e canção! 😍😍😍

  31. Livingstone Awunyoh

    We all have a long way to go

  32. Ogami0Itto

    I think about that song everyday when I enter my office .....

  33. young goodman brown

    OLD is GOLD no expire date

  34. Only You


  35. Jarred Gilbert

    music for the soul, thank you jimmy cliff

  36. Patrisa Mayers

    So many river to cross 😢

  37. Mike Walters

    Never never think about giving up nly the strong survive faith almighty God is a merciful God

  38. Samy M'hamdi

    One of the Most beautiful songs ever

  39. jemal raghip

    love this..............

  40. THE BogoriGuTi

    Any one here because ben yurik death scene in Daredevil

  41. Mall Shopper

    Great song period!

  42. Paulina Moricette

    Listened to this song 8th Jan. 2020; still sounds good. Jimmy Cliff sings it so beautifully and with such emotion.👍

  43. maka onye

    hello 2020 survivors. greetings from Nigeia

  44. Jeremiah Abisi

    Rest in Peace My Dear Mama Mary😔

  45. Kutt Properfix

    Simply, a classic. This belongs on the mount Rushmore of powerful songs.

  46. Floyd Jamison


  47. Mwr Life

    😍He performs a Live in December 2019 💚💛❤
    Amazing !!! Here : https://youtu.be/8uCmir-dqNU

  48. Edward Sweeney

    One of the greatest records ever. Still moves me when I hear those lyrics and that marvelous voice.

  49. Dorla Underwood

    Who listening on this day 1 January 2020 love it



    Lynn Jenkinson

    I am takes you back old school


    Me. . Sir GoodLuck kalahan

  50. Culinary talents

    Who's listening in this new year 2020 turn this blue 👇👇🔥🔥💯

    Mwr Life

    AMAZING LIVE JUST BEFORE CHRISTMAS : https://youtu.be/8uCmir-dqNU 🙏🏿🥰💚

    Phil H

    I got bored so I went over the UB40 labour of love from 1983, but only listening to these wonderful original versions. It's been a real blast down memory lane,

    sean coleman


    Adrial Bishop

    It's 2060 and I'm still listening to this

  51. Tae Kim

    Jimmy kept me alive. 1992 still here.

  52. Simba

    just remember Failure builds character.

  53. Jang i

    Love to listen after all Those years.love 70ies

  54. william mack

    Long kiss goodnight 😊

  55. Christian Arestegui

    High Fidelity brought me here

  56. Ripha Smith


  57. Ango Gobloggian

    Love Harry's cover of this

  58. Jude Lawrence

    Who is listening 25th December 2019. After many rivers crossed this year but His grace was sufficient at every turn and am celebrating the Son's birthday.
    God speed in 2020 everyone.

  59. Clive Perkins

    Epic recording from the legendary musical genius Jimmy Cliff......this song will never die

  60. That dude

    Who first heard this from Jason lyric? Not this version but the song title itself

  61. Vikki Smith

    We already crossed our rivers and now we are together forever in love you & I❤💋💋👫

  62. Rottsrule

    Watched long kiss goodnight and heard this.....Damn its been a long time.

  63. Peni Foketi

    Always listen to the real music

  64. Brent

    Simply a brilliant song, which connects with me and likely many, many other people.

  65. ALIVE and AWAKE

    Brings tears to my eyes. That's how I know it's real.

  66. Opal Bell

    I’m just crying my eyes out . Just a beautiful song . Omg

  67. Clayton Edwards

    I love u my fiancee Charlotte cant wait see u married next year. Even tho we live in different country we always make it work C❤C

  68. Kevin Odipo

    this song is timeless!

  69. Kathleen Burns

    He is really great. Have had this song in his voice in my head for days. I still remember how much fun the movie was.

  70. Ravishan Ranasinghe

    නදී ගoගා තරනයේ... ❤️ Srilanka ❣️

  71. Truth Hitman

    Nobody can sing this song like Jimmy Cliff. Fact 💯


    Truth Hitman : that’s because he’s the originator!... he wrote this song and sang it!! Many others covered it. He also wrote “Trapped” for Bruce Springsteen!

    Truth Hitman

    Yes, but sometimes people can sing the cover better than the original. But not in this case.

  72. shazz matazz Gaming

    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

  73. 4kidsnaheadache

    Had this played at my dads funeral, such a touching,beutifull song of struggle, strength and pride. Gets me everytime

  74. chris burke

    Its a JIMMY CLIFF day...and gettin me a pina colada

  75. Radke32

    Who listening in 2020?

  76. Ursula Walker-Harris

    Jimmy Cliff’s voice is an exceptional instrument!

  77. Vivacious _Stace C


  78. subwaysurfer

    Is FIX YOU by Coldplay related to this??

  79. Dennis D


  80. SOLAR

    The Long Kiss Goodnight movie

  81. stu ross

    Spine tingling

  82. raymak seranash

    Song that lives on

  83. Toya S

    I'm in such a deep dark place right now and I play this song everyday just to pull through my day.

    Zanga Frankfort

    It gets better

  84. Nappy Scribe

    Other than Henry Gates show, this is my first time hearing that. It really pulls at your heart.

  85. Puma Alda


  86. Em Jay

    Many rivers to cross ................if i can't i will be dead soon.

  87. The man in the suit

    Falling skies anyone

  88. Eric Warner

    Original and best version. This has something missing in a lot of today's music. I can hear it "Okay Boomer", but recordings back in the day didn't have places to hide, no autotune etc. Got here by accident, I need more accidents.

  89. John Hunt

    By far the better version by the original man... absolutely beautiful

  90. baykuş

    from ben's death..

  91. All or Nothing

    My man fucked and he didn't say why.

  92. Fishpest

    Stunning song for the day, the lyric's are so relevant and timeless

  93. G Ste

    good song

  94. Mandy Small

    Wicked one of the oldes love this music

  95. Who’s Manz Is This

    I tell myself I will never give up this song save my soul