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Monday, February 02, 2009

monday music: rivers of babylon

Boney M incongruously blends the gloomy words of Psalm 137 with a bouncy Jamaican beat. Granted, the images of partying on the beach don't blend with the words, "We wept when we remembered Zion" and "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land?" But at least they were smart enough to leave out the verse about dashing infants against the rocks. Nevertheless, I like this song. I was about nine or ten years old when it was released, and I spent many Saturdays at the local skating rink. The songs that played while we skated are still some of my all-time favorites.



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