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Bob Marley's Redemption Song: Inspiration For Equality, Justice & and, Black Lives Matter In The World



"Redemption Song" is a song by Bob Marley. It is the final track on Bob Marley and the Wailers's twelfth (12th) album, ''Uprising''. This Marley's work is recognized as a masterpiece.
Marley wrote this song at a very critical time in his life. This was about the time, he had been diagnosed of cancer in his toe, in 1979; that took his life, few years later. He was already secretly in a lot of pain, when he composed this song.

Unlike other Bob Marley's tracks, ''Redemption Song'', consist of his singing and playing of an acoustic guitar, without any other accompaniment.

As a ballad, without any touch of reggae rhythm, it also has strong Political and Historical motifs.
Here is the full lyrics of ''Redemption Song'':

Old pirates, yes, they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit
But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the Almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

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? Ooh
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the Book

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Wo! Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time
How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Yes, some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book

Won't you have to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever had
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom

The song urges every listener and the world at large, to liberate themselves from mental slavery; because "None but ourselves can free our minds."
Overtime, the mind is portrayed as the only supreme ruler of anyone. Even, the Bible says, '' as the man thinketh, so is he...(Proverbs 23:7)''. Which depicts, the power of the mind. Change starts from the mind. One can only be completely free, when, he is able to develop and use his mind independently; otherwise, he is bound to be the slave of the other man who uses his independently.

On it's historical background, the song gives us a hint on how slave trade started. How Africans were robbed of their freedom, bound in chains; and, thrown in ships heading to America. In pains, they laboured for their masters; and, were made to believe, they were inferior to their masters.

However, they were strengthened by God, and, some also made it big later. This means, anyone can succeed anywhere in the world. You just have to kill every form of inferiority complex within you.

Politically, this is a revolutionary song. It calls for the realization of self-worth; and, the need to take a dicisive actions against all forms of oppression, human rights violations and racism.

"How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look? Ooh''-
This has been an inspiration behind the advocacy for equal rights and justice (Black Lives Matter) in the world.

No doubt, "Redemption Song" is the most influential recording in Jamaican music history. And, I encourage you all to help to sing this song of free ''Redemption Song'', till we are all free.


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