And all of their wicked intentions to destroy the human race
How I know and how I know
And that’s how I know
A reggae music make we chant down Babylon
This song comes from the Confrontation album that was released after Bob Marley’s death.
Chant down Babylon attests to the power that Bob Marley’s music had in the way of acting as a catalyst for social change and awareness.
What is Babylon?
Babylon here has a two fold meaning.
On one hand Babylon refers to the biblical meaning of a place or person that is corrupt and must hence be destroyed.
In the other figurative sense it speaks to the state or Anglo/American imperial forces that act as oppressive regimes by executing their personal agendas based on race, greed, power and social control.
The term Babylon features throughout many of his other songs, for instance he speaks of the inescapable implosion of the system of brutality, dysfunctional systems of education, religion and politics in Rasta Man Chant, Crazy Baldheads, Exodus Movement of Jah people and Babylon system.
We refuse to be
What you wanted us to be.
We are what we are
That’s the way it’s going to be,
You can’t educate I
For no equal opportunity
Talking about my freedom
People freedom and liberty
Yeah we’ve been trodding on
The winepress much too long
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