Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“Move Out of Babylon”

3 versions

3:19

Throw Down Your Arms album
Throw Down Your Arms” advance promo single
Marcus Garvey” promo single

3:20 (as "Move Out a Babylone") dub version

Throw Down Your Arms (deluxe edition) album

3:26 dub version

Lyrics

(Source: as heard)

Oh, whoa, oh-oh.
Move out of Babylon, Rastaman,
And leave all the wicked man, oh, oh.
Move out of Babylon, Rastaman,
And leave all the wicked man, oh, oh.
The wicked shall not prosper, oh, oh,
Only righteous man shall stand up,
So keep on moving, oh, oh,
Keep on moving,
Rastaman, move on, move on,
Rastaman, move on, move on.
Oh.
Anything that you can do,
Dreadlocks can do it better,
So move out, move out, Rastaman,
So Move out of Babylon, oh, oh,
And leave all the wicked man,
All you ye backbiters,
Andll you ye backsliders,
You shall not enter, oh, oh,
You shall not enter
In the kingdom of Jah, the Almighty
In the kingdom of Jah, the Almighty
Oh, oh, oh .
Oh, oh, oh.
Move out, move out, Rastaman
Move out, move out, Rastaman, oh, oh.
Move out of Babylon, Rastaman,
And leave all the wicked man.
Move out of Babylon, Rastaman,
And leave all the wicked man.
The wicked cannot enter, oh, oh,
The weathen (?) cannot enter, oh, oh,
Surrender your heart, oh, oh,
And love your * man,
Make your heart be pure and *,
Make your heart be pure and *, oh, oh.
Move out of Babylon, oh, oh,
And leave all the wicked man, oh, oh.
Move out of Babylon, oh, oh,
And leave all the wicked man, oh, oh.
Move up, move up.
Move up, move up.
The wicked shall not prosper.
Only righteous man will stand up.
All ye backbiters,
And all ye backsliders,
You shall not enter,
You shall not enter,
In the kingdom of Jah the Almighty,
In the kingdom of Jah the Almighty,
Oh, oh, oh.
Oh, oh, oh.
Oh, oh, oh.

Notes

Robbie Shakespeare also played bass on Johnny Clarke's original version, released in 1975.

(Source: Roots Archives)

Musicians

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