Jimmy Cliff — Sitting In Limbo
Album: The Harder They Come
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Released: 1972
Length: 4:54
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Sitting here in limbo
But I know it won't be long
Sitting here in limbo
Like a bird without a song
Well, they're putting up a resistance
But I know that my faith will lead me on

Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the dice to roll
Yeah, now, sitting here in limbo
Got some time to search my soul
Well, they're putting up a resistance
But I know that my faith will lead me on

I don't know where life will leave me
But I know where I have been
I can't say what life will show me
But I know what I have seen
Tried my hand at love and friendship
But all that is past and gone
This little boy is movin' on

Sitting here in limbo
Waiting for the tide to flow
Sitting here in limbo
Knowing that I have to go
Well, they're putting up a resistance
But I know that my faith will lead me on

I don't know where life will take me
But I know where I have been
I don't know what life will show me
But I know what I have seen
Tried my hand at love and friendship
That is past and gone
And now it's time to move along

Gonna lead me on now
Meanwhile, they're putting up resistance
But I know that my faith will lead me on
Sitting in limbo, limbo, limbo
Sitting in limbo, limbo, limbo
Sitting in limbo, limbo, limbo
Meanwhile, they're putting up a resistance
But I know that my faith will lead me on
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This song brings back memories.  Time to do a bit of time travel and watch the movie again. So much good music on the sound track. Irye!
Ok, 9 -> 10
just love this song, the vibe, lyrics, rhythm all of it just flows so well together, truly a piece of art 
 Sitting In Limbo is as it happens. so something happens.
I think this is the first time I've heard the original for some reason.  Don't know how I've missed it for so long.

John Sebastian does a really nice cover of this on his Tarzana Kid album. 
 funkyalfonso wrote:

Great song but do you really want to go out....in limbo? How about Groucho Marx singing ' I must be going.' Perfect.

 
maybe someone could play a cover, "sitting in bardo"
 daveinnj wrote:
Oy, this song hits me in the gut every time I hear it. 
While I hopes it's a long ways away; this is the song I want played at my funeral.
 

 
Great song but do you really want to go out....in limbo? How about Groucho Marx singing ' I must be going.' Perfect.
Oy, this song hits me in the gut every time I hear it. 
While I hopes it's a long ways away; this is the song I want played at my funeral.
 
 Proclivities wrote:

It later occurred to me that OST probably means "Original Soundtrack".  Whatever...

 
Yeah Proclivities, that does make more sense, huh. Thanks for the update.
 ziakut wrote:

Thanks scrubbrush! I appreciate this tune. I also appreciate the way you explain your contrary thought. You are kind and articulate. Thank you for that. Far too many here take affront to averse thought and take things far too seriously. Some even sling mud and name call. So thanks for being who you are!

 
I know, far too many real insults.  A lot of the time it is just funny back-and-forth harmless trash talking, but we really do have some arrogant drips, our resident thought police.  Just keep posting ziakut, I really enjoy reading your comments.
If you are a *real* Jimmy Cliff fan, then you've seen this:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070155/

10 extra points if you don't need the subtitles.
Love this song so much. Thx Bill.
 scrubbrush wrote:


This song has been covered, quoted, and popular for over 40 years. Apparently it's memorable to others. love it myself.

 
Thanks scrubbrush! I appreciate this tune. I also appreciate the way you explain your contrary thought. You are kind and articulate. Thank you for that. Far too many here take affront to averse thought and take things far too seriously. Some even sling mud and name call. So thanks for being who you are!
 ziakut wrote:
The letters B, L, A and H come to mind upon hearing this mediocre tune. Pleasant but not too memorable.

 

This song has been covered, quoted, and popular for over 40 years. Apparently it's memorable to others. love it myself.
Bill's segues getting ever more sophisticated with this song and its line about 'putting up resistance' following the cut from H Manx's album 'Om Sweet Ohm'. Hmm, gotta be on yer toes these days...
The letters B, L, A and H come to mind upon hearing this mediocre tune. Pleasant but not too memorable.
 JIan wrote:

OST = Open Source Track, I assume.  {#Angel}
 
It later occurred to me that OST probably means "Original Soundtrack".  Whatever...
 Proclivities wrote:

OST?  Good tune.
 
OST = Open Source Track, I assume.  {#Angel}
I like this song, and after that Snow Patrol song, this is like seeing the heavens open.
Like walking out of sweltering stuffy shit house into warm sunshine.


always...
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:
Finally saw Jimmy - he opened for Michael Franti at Deer Valley. So my limbo has ended!
 
So jealous, that must have been a heck of a show!
 coding_to_music wrote:
Jimmy's using Sonar to find the Submarine !!!
Sonar Submarine
 

Hmmm. Forward planes mounted to the hull and not the tower, and high up on the hull, characteristic of a Brit design.
 WanderingPenguin wrote:
This might be the best OST album of all time.
 
OST?  Good tune.
 coding_to_music wrote:
Jimmy's using Sonar to find the Submarine !!!
Sonar Submarine
 
Bastard sunk my battleship. 
Janis! They're playing your song!


Finally saw Jimmy - he opened for Michael Franti at Deer Valley. So my limbo has ended!
This might be the best OST album of all time.
One of very few perfect albums...
Not me, I'm standing in limbo ever since my back went into spasms

Great song from a great soundtrack.
Thanks RP! Mighty sweet... I had the good fortune to find this on vinyl at Goodwill a few years ago for 50 cents. Remember around 1989-90 when you could buy every LP ever made for a dime? Seattle Goodwill filled a whole parking lot with LP's every year. That was one cultural wave I actually caught; so y'all be ready when the last CD is pressed and people dump them by the ton! We'll be clustered around the dusty old CD player, rememberin' the day.

 ThePoose wrote:
Some songs work like a charm and can be considered perfect.

This is one of them.
 
Amen brother
Jimmy's using Sonar to find the Submarine !!!
Sonar Submarine
{#Daisy}
yeah they did.  love this original too though.... {#Cowboy}

 moshevelvul wrote:
JGB - always did this song right as well......
 


from 8 to 10 !  Timing helps {#Meditate} 

whistling isn't that good, however!

I've either never heard that song, or just never really listened to it.  What a great song.
JGB - always did this song right as well......
Some songs work like a charm and can be considered perfect.

This is one of them.
 JustJanis wrote:
It's my theme song........still sitting.....still in limbo
 
I think of you every time I hear this.



 Mugro wrote:

This song sums up my situation at the moment...


 

I'm happy to report that I'm in limbo no longer. What a difference a year makes!
 pdbowers wrote:

me too, rated it at an 8.  Love Radio Paradise
 


I know what you mean...

 
Passion and pleasure combined in one soulful voice... Jimmy Cliff.

play us some Live Jimmy   {#Cool}
Heard the first lines and immediately remembered that Three Dog Night did this about a million years ago, and I even liked that version. This is ever-so-much better. I just love the song itself.
yawning in limbo. . . {#Yawn} 

Love it!
Jelani wrote:
Wait a minute, as far as I know 250 Testa Rossa's don't have radio's, or tops to go with them.What did you do????!!!!! OMG!
Funny! I'm about to turn a '70 250c into a permanent convertible for beach use, and the local MB enthusiasts are in a lather. None of them wants to buy or restore the rusted 'ol beaut, but they don't want me to have any fun with it either.

This, of course, was probably the TR250 in question



 romeotuma wrote:


love it...
 
me too, rated it at an 8.  Love Radio Paradise


love it...


 TeddiB wrote:
One of my favorite albums. I'm riding in my TR250 with the top down cranking the stereo on the "smoking trail"! The 70's were the greatest! Sex, drugs, rock and roll and no STD's that weren't curable!
 
Wait a minute, as far as I know 250 Testa Rossa's don't have radio's, or tops to go with them.What did you do????!!!!!
OMG!