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Many Rivers to Cross

"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
Jimmy Cliff singles chronology
"Many Rivers to Cross"
"Wonderful World, Beautiful People"

"Many Rivers to Cross" is a song written in 1969 by Jimmy Cliff. It has been recorded by several artists, including Harry Nilsson and John Lennon, Joe Cocker, Percy Sledge, Desmond Dekker (1980), UB40, Cher, Marcia Hines, Toni Childs, Oleta Adams, Linda Rondstadt, and Annie Lennox.


  • Song information 1
    • Charts 1.1
  • UB40 version 2
    • Track listing and formats 2.1
    • Charts 2.2
  • Cher version 3
    • Charts 3.1
  • Annie Lennox version 4
    • Charts 4.1
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Song information

This is one of the few Cliff tracks to use an 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] in addition to the TV shows Wilfred , Daredevil and Falling Skies.


Charts (1993) Peak
France (SNEP)[2] 37

UB40 version

"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"
"'Many Rivers to Cross'"
"Cherry Oh Baby"

"'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

  • UK 7" single[3]
  1. "Many Rivers To Cross" – 3:48
  2. "Food For Thought " – 4:40
  • 7" single (Spain)[4]
  1. "Many Rivers To Cross" – 3:48
  2. "Food For Thought " – 4:40
  • UK 12" maxi-single[5]
  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[6]
  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


Chart (1983) Peak
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 48
UK Singles Chart[8] 16

Cher version

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


Chart (1993) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 37

Annie Lennox version


Chart (2008) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[10] 47
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 80


  1. ^ (2013)"Rush". Retrieved 22 September 2013. 
  2. ^ " – Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers To Cross" (in French). Les classement single.
  3. ^ Many Rivers to Cross (UK 7-inch Single liner notes).  
  4. ^ Many Rivers to Cross (7-inch Single liner notes).  
  5. ^ Many Rivers to Cross (UK 12-inch Maxi Single liner notes).  
  6. ^ Many Rivers To Cross (European 12-inch Limited Single liner notes).  
  7. ^ " – UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "UB40 - Many Rivers To Cross". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Cher: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "Annie Lennox - Many Rivers To Cross". α Retrieved 15 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Leona Lewis Returns To No. 1 On The Hot 100". Retrieved 15 October 2011. 

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