Many Rivers To Cross was written by Jimmy Cliff. He recorded it in 1969. It was released on his 1969 album Jimmy Cliff. The song was also included on the 1972 soundtrack album The Harder They Come. John Lennon was a fan of Jimmy Cliff and he saw him live in the 1970s. A version recorded by Harry Nilsson in 1974 was produced by John Lennon. That version features Ringo Starr on drums and John Lennon on backing vocals. John Lennon recorded a demo version of the song in 1979.
Now Hear This : Many Rivers To Cross – Harry Nilsson (1974)