Many Rivers to Cross

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For other uses, see Many Rivers to Cross (film).
"Many Rivers to Cross"
Single by Jimmy Cliff
from the album Jimmy Cliff
Released 1969
Genre Reggae, gospel
Length 2:44
Label Trojan Records
Writer(s) Jimmy Cliff

"Many Rivers to Cross" is a song written in 1969 by Jimmy Cliff.

Song information[edit]

This is one of the few Cliff tracks to use an organ, which helps to supplement the gospel feel provided by the backing vocalists. Cliff released the song, with production work by Leslie Kong, on his 1969 album, Jimmy Cliff. It was also released on the 1972 soundtrack album for the film The Harder They Come, in which Cliff also starred. Rolling Stone ranked it #325 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The song is featured in the 2013 film Rush[1] and the TV show Wilfred.

UB40 version[edit]

"Many Rivers to Cross"
Single by UB40
from the album Labour of Love
B-side "Food for Thought'"
Format 7", 12"
Genre Reggae fusion
Length 4:31
Label DEP International (UK)
Producer(s) UB40, Ray "Pablo" Falconer
UB40 singles chronology
"Please Don't Make Me Cry"
(1983)
"'Many Rivers to Cross'"
(1983)
"Cherry Oh Baby"
(1984)

"'Many Rivers to Cross'" is the third single by the reggae group UB40 from the album Labour of Love. This single peaked at the number 16 on the singles chart in the UK and the number 48 in New Zealand.

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • UK 7" single[2]
  1. "Many Rivers To Cross" – 3:48
  2. "Food For Thought " – 4:40
  • 7" single (Spain)[3]
  1. "Many Rivers To Cross" – 3:48
  2. "Food For Thought " – 4:40
  • UK 12" maxi-single[4]
  1. A1."Many Rivers To Cross" (Full Length Version) – 4:35
  2. A2."Food For Thought " – 4:40
  3. B2."Johnny Too Bad" (Unexpurgated Version - Not On 'Labour Of Love') – 5:28
  • Germany 12" single[5]
  1. A1."Many Rivers To Cross" (Full Length Version) – 4:27
  2. A2."Food For Thought " – 4:39
  3. B2."Johnny Too Bad" – 5:29

Charts[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 48
UK Singles Chart[7] 16


Cher version[edit]

"Many Rivers to Cross"
Single by Cher
from the album Greatest Hits: 1965–1992
Released 1993
Recorded 1992
Genre Reggae
Length 4:10
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Jimmy Cliff
Cher singles chronology
"Whenever You're Near"
(1992)
"Many Rivers to Cross"
(1993)
"I Got You Babe"
(1994)
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Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart[8] 37

Annie Lennox version[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart[9] 47
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 80

Cover versions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rush (2013)". Soundtrack.net. Retrieved 2013-09-22. 
  2. ^ Many Rivers to Cross (UK 7-inch Single liner notes). UB40. Virgin Records. 1984. 9. 
  3. ^ Many Rivers to Cross (7-inch Single liner notes). UB40. Virgin Records. 1984. 106016. 
  4. ^ Many Rivers to Cross (UK 12-inch Maxi Single liner notes). UB40. Virgin Records. 1984. 9-12. 
  5. ^ Many Rivers To Cross (European 12-inch Limited Single liner notes). UB40. Virgin Records. 1983. 601 078. 
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross". Top 40 Singles.
  7. ^ "UB40 - Many Rivers To Cross". ChartStats.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Cher: Singles". UK Singles Chart. TheOfficialCharts.com. Retrieved October 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Annie Lennox - Many Rivers To Cross". αCharts.us. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Leona Lewis Returns To No. 1 On The Hot 100". Billboard.com. Retrieved October 15, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jamaican songstress Tessanne nails her take on Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross."

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