Bob Marley's Songs:The Most Powerful and Popular song Lyrics !
Bob Marley's Songs
Some of Bob Marley’s Most Powerful and Popular Songs
"My music will go on forever. Maybe it's a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever."
It is indeed a huge task to even begin to truly select the Bob Marley greatest hits or most powerful songs from the vast catalogue of Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Capturing the lyrical essence of the Third World’s first and maybe last superstar of this magnitude, seems elusive. However even with a sampling of Bob Marley hit songs
it is still evident that Marley deserves the respect of all for churning out such timeless, inspiring and revolutionary material.
Many critics of Marley have failed to realize that he was a man who read widely, was deeply interested and knowledgeable in African and World history, acknowledged and appreciated the teachings of great Black prophets and leaders such as Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Walter Rodney and Haile Selassie.
He lived in a time when the black man was still fighting for a place in society. Hence his lyrics call for deeper examination of human relations moving beyond the captivating rhythms and melodious harmonies.
It is remarkably that at passing away at the very young age of 36 years old, this artist was able to leave behind a legacy which includes 20years of musical work.
Bob Marley's approach to music and song writing was more serious than many observers have realized. Songs such as “One Love, Stir It Up and Three Little Birds” cast Marley in the role of lover boy/ feel good artist.
Bob Marley was indeed a lover but he was also an avid fighter for the rights of the down trodden. The soci-political environment of Trench Town in Kingston Jamaica had a profound impact on the reggae legend.
Bob Marley’s music reveals a certain level of consistency as it relates to the themes and images he uses to portray his messages and social commentary.
There was a well circulated rumor that such an easy going “sufferah” could not possibly be credited with the lyrical content which Marley produced.
There seemed to be a disconnect between the Marley that spoke only the native tongue associated with the poor and uneducated (patois) in Bob Marley interviews (local and international) and the Marley that spoke so eloquently with his use of metaphors and symbolism in his songs.
This feeling of disconnect further intensified after Bob Marley conversion to Rastafarianism, which on the surface strikes the general public as according to Kwame Dawes in Bob Marley: Lyrical Genius, “a rather fanciful belief system”.
With this new sense of self and mysticism Marley began to utilize proverbs and Rastafarian philosophy extensively, showing a drastic contrast and growth on the evolutionary and revolutionary course from a young dreamy ghetto boy in the Wailing Wailers to a solo artist at Island/Tuff Gong.
The following is an attempt to briefly examine the lyrics of Bob Marley’s greatest hits together with his most popular and powerful songs.
Bob Marley’s song Africa Unite
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 Redemption Song
Bob Marley’s song Stir It Up
Bob Marley’s song Who the Cap Fit
Bob Marley’s song Zimbabwe
Bob Marley’s song Chant Down Babylon
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