Bob Marley’s Song Get Up Stand Up is a Rallying Cry for Oppressed People to Fight Back.
Bob Marley’s song Get Up Stand Up
Get Up Stand Up
Most people think great God will come from the sky
Take away everything and make everybody feel high
But if you know what life is worth
You would look for yours on earth
And now you see the light
You stand up for your right
We’re sick and tired of your ism schism game
Die and go to heaven in Jesus’ name
Lord, we know when we understand
Almighty God is a living man
You can fool some people sometimes
But you can’t fool some people all the time
So now we see the light
(What you gonna do?)
We gonna stand up for our right.
Jah, Jah, Jah
Get up Stand up, co-written by Peter Tosh, demonstrates an anti-imperialist, strident and militant tone, that acts as the rallying cry for oppressed people to fight back and in the spirit of Marcus Garvey’s self- reliance philosophy do something about their own situation.
The use of religion as a tool of mental enslavement is also highlighted in the songs lyrics of Bob Marley.
It is believed by many historians that in conquering Africa and the Americas, colonial oppressors’ use of religion and the doctrine of obedience deeply embedded in it assisted to a great extent in subduing rebellions. At the same time natural and human resources were being robbed and profits expatriated to European countries.
Although this Bob Marley song was first released on the Burnin’ album it was a performance given by Bob at the Lyceum in England that made the song an international anthem.