One of Jimmy Cliff's most haunting songs, "Many Rivers to Cross" was one of the most stunning moments found on the soundtrack to The Harder They Come. It's a song that virtually defies categorization; the rhythm may be lightly syncopated, but this is really a spiritual, and is accompanied by gospel-flavored backing vocalists. The sumptuous organ adds to the church feel, but the guitar which picks its way across the grooves adds a touch of rock and just a hint of blues to the congregation. Cliff gives one of the performances of his life here; his is the voice of the sufferer, a defiant shout against the weight he's forced to bear, a lost voice calling out in the wilderness, a heartaching cry of spiritual confusion. The singer was indeed actually undergoing his own spiritual awakening during this period, and soon after, Cliff converted to Islam and traveled to Africa in search of his roots.