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By The Rivers Dark (vom Album: Ten New Songs)

Bei den dunklen Wassern

By the rivers dark I wandered on,

I lived my life in Babylon.

And I did forget my holy song:

And I had no strength in Babylon.

By the rivers dark where I could not see

Who was waiting there who was hunting me.

And he cut my lip and he cut my heart,

So I could not drink from the river dark.

And he covered me, and I saw within,

My lawless heart and my wedding ring,

I did not know and I could not see

Who was waiting there, who was hunting me.

By the rivers dark I panicked on.

I belonged at last to Babylon.

Then he struck my heart with a deadly force,

And he said, "This heart: It is not yours."

And he gave the wind my wedding ring;

And he circled us with everything.

By the rivers dark, in a wounded dawn,

I live my life in Babylon.

Though I take my song from a withered limb,

Both song and tree, they sing for Him.

Be the truth unsaid and the blessing gone,

If I forget my Babylon.

I did not know and I could not see,

Who was waiting there, who was hunting me.

By the rivers dark, where it all goes on,

By the rivers dark in Babylon.

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