The painting depicts a scene from Psalm 137: "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows...” (Psalm 137:1-2).
Musical instruments hang from old trees alongside a deep river. A group of people wearing long black dress like the Hasidim stroll along the river and sit on the grass. The painting expresses deep folk humor.