Waters of Babylon

The Bird Sings Oral Tradition Song Library

15 Sep Waters of Babylon

A 17th century song with words taken from Psalm 137. It was arranged by Lee Hays of The Weavers in the 1940’s into a lush round.

Composer & Copyright

Composed by Philip Hayes in 1786, arranged by Lee Hays of The Weavers and Don McLean. Public domain.


Inspiration Track by Don McLean:


By the waters, the waters of Babylon
We lay down and wept, and wept for thee Zion
We remember, we remember, we remember thee Zion


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  • Paul Peacock
    Posted at 21:53h, 31 December Reply

    And now with the Trump Administration being sworn in, let us remember Zion now more than ever before.

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