Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it’s just apart of it
We’ve got to fulfil the book
Won’t you help me sing
These songs of freedom?
‘Cause they all I ever had
Bob Marley’s Redemption song is one of Bob’s most recognized and best known (lyrical content) songs. Bob Dylan and Bob Marley become unrecognizable as distinct musicians on this track as many compared the Dylan’s acoustic guitar feel with the one strummed on this track.
Marley would deliver a powerful rendition of this song at his last ever live stage performance in the United Kingdom at the Crystal Palace Concert Bowl.
“How long shall they kill our prophets, while we stand aside and look?” is indeed a timeless piece of social commentary.
The black power movement in the United States of America had seen many leaders of the struggle against oppression such as Malcolm X and Medgar Evers cut down by the bullet. Even here in the Caribbean people such as Walter Rodney the black Guyanese historian suffering the same fate from the explosion of a walkie talkie bomb in his possession. Such was the time, a revolutionary period.
Many black leaders are still dying although not a physical death but a mental one that is just as dangerous while imperial forces seek to re colonize places such as Africa.
This legend of a musician was at this coming to the end of his physical journey but starting a fire that would last way into the twentieth century and beyond. Without much in depth analysis it is essential a straight forward track delivering a wholesome picture of the philosophy of an artist that had come full circle in both his life and career.
Bob Marley’s song Redemption Song Sound Track
Click on the links below for more Bob Marley's song lyrics
Bob Marley’s song Ambush In The Night
Bob Marley’s song Bad Card
Bob Marley’s song Buffalo Soldier
Bob Marley’s song Concrete Jungle
Bob Marley’s song Exodus
Bob Marley’s song Get Up Stand Up
Bob Marley’s song I Shot The Sheriff
Bob Marley’s song Jah Live
Bob Marley’s song No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley’s song One Love
Bob Marley’s song Rasta Man Chant
Bob Marley’s song Rat Race
Bob Marley’s song Stir It Up
Bob Marley’s song Who The Cap Fit
Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe
Bob Marley’s song Africa Unite
Bob Marley’s song Chant Down Babylon
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