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​Hanging Gardens Of Babylon (I)

This song is by Rick Wakeman and appears on the album The Seven Wonders Of The World (1995).

The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were built by Semiramus in the 9th century B.C.
As a cool haven from the burning heat of the desert for Emethes, the wife of King Nebuchadnezzar.
Watered from the nearby Euphrates river, exotic flowers would have cascaded over the terraces,
With palm trees providing a welcome shade, the air heavy from the perfume of aromatic plants.
In 539 B.C the Persians took control of Babylon and by the year 200 A.D. it was in ruins.