“Wake Up And Live” an exhortation to do more than settle for the anesthesia
of consumer society trinkets and addictions. Survival was,
is, and always will be a personal anthem
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–from Breath of Life
Our music is our emotional history, an exact documentation of our souls at any given moment in lifes timeline. What pressed us: impressed us, downpressed us, pressed our buttons, our clothes, pressed us into service, pressed us forward in struggle.
Our music. Precisely. 1979. Things were beginning to look grim. Really grim. Almost like we saw baby Bush coming cross-eyed at us. Bob Marley, who had been a strong hope, had previously released Kaya, an album of weed, women, and song. Except there was a pressing need for something deeper, stronger. We whispered to ourselves. What a come of this? Dont nobody still be a luta-ing? (Referring to the slogan a luta continua the struggle continues.) I was so disappointed I did not even buy Kaya at first. Those were nice enough songs, but Bob, come on man, we need a stronger shout. So when Survival dropped, you could hear shouts of joy erupt from every ghetto all over the world. Finally we had something we could listen to from edge to hole and never get bored, never have to skip a track. Could sing and shout the lyrics, hum them subversive sentiments at work, and chuckle to ourselves cause when we all a moan and hum the devil dont know what we talking about. And this time we not only suffer the conditions to sing about, now we had strong words to sing. “Babylon system is a vampire.” Indeed. Seen?! Surging songs of struggle. Even today, damn near thirty years later, we can take these lyrics and recite them out loud to someone. Not have to change a word and we will be bringing the noise. This is boldness. There are a ton of great Marley songs, but there is no other album that is so strong through and through. Survival is the album for all the sufferers. Here are five choice cuts (four actually because the fifth cut, One Dub, is a dub version not on the album even though it is a dub of One Drop, which was one of the tracks from Survival. “Babylon System” is at the top of my all time list of songs because of its incisive condemnation of the status crow. “So Much Trouble In The World” mirrored what I saw and confirmed that what I saw was real. I was not hallucinating. “Wake Up And Live” an exhortation to do more than settle for the anesthesia of consumer society trinkets and addictions. Survival was, is, and always will be a personal anthem: naa-naa naa-naa naahhh, were the survivors, the Black survivors! The aforementioned “One Dub” is an instrumental interlude, a swinging (correction, make that: skanking) hot stepper. Notice how Marley be using sounds as lyrics, knowing the limitations of the English language, knowing we have feelings the English language does not have words for, the makers of English dont want to hear, the sufferers under English need to articulate. Marley knows all that and fills his songs with wordless chants that articulate those urges within us that otherwise are shackled if we depend on dictionaries and proper English. Not only was this album political, it is also the one with the strong horns and jazz solos. But beyond the music and the lyrics, Survival is also the album which makes the boldest statement in its artwork. The lettering “survival” is reversed out of the graphic of a packed slaveship. The rest of the album cover is made up of the flags of 49 African countries. I remember when the album came out, we rushed down to record stores to get the poster, a blow up of the cover. Boy, Bob made us so proud.
Survival was a survival kit, shield, ammunition and armament. Everything forward music ought to be.
What was most amazing is that this came at a time when Bob was a world-wide phenomenon. Bob was being embraced everywhere he went. He could easily have laid back. Come out with Four Little Birds, lit a spliff and enjoyed the spoils of his enormous popularity. He could have. But he didnt. Instead of blinging or blissing out, he came back harder than hard.
Survival. A true black-heart man. No sleeping lion. Natty Dread roared. Give thanx. Bob you were just what we needed to keep on pushing. Thanks to you, surviving was made just a little easier.Kalamu ya Salaam
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Is Survival Bob Marleys best album? Id probably have to say yes. The only album that I sometimes think of as better is 1974s Natty Dread. I think it says a lot about Bobs consistency that his two best albums are separated by six years and probably six or seven other albums. (I didnt check the discography; Im just guessing.) What makes Survival so good? Kalamu did a good job of sketching out the socio-political importance of the album and I agree with all that he said. But what about the music? On Survival, Bob displayed a new-found density in his sound. By which I mean the music sounds sturdy, hard, and unbreakable.
As Kalamu mentioned, Survival came on the heels of Kaya, an album that was probably the softest of Bobs career. Kaya sounds like an album that a man records when he knows the end is near. It sounds like the wistful humming you might hear from an old musician who knows the glory days are behind him. If Kaya is a pretty whisper, Survival is a thunderous roar. Even the slower, softer songs are hard. “Babylon System,” the song Kalamu is featuring, is a good example. The groove is smooth and mellow. There are nature sounds in the background. Its a pretty record. But listen to what the man is saying!
“Babylon system is the vampire / Sucking the blood of the sufferers / Tell the children the truth / Tell the children the truth right now!”
Did yall know the original title of the Survival album was Black Survival? It was. Bob decided to change it because he didnt want people misunderstanding his point and thinking he was advocating that others not survive. That wasnt Bobs point. His point was that the continent of Africa (as well as Pan-Africans everywhere) was under attack and was being destroyed. He was advocating the unity and survival of Black people in Africa and all over the world. That was the meaning of the slave ship and the African flags on the cover. Black survival.
Ive always been amazed by how many people listen to Bob Marleys songs without actually listening to his songs. The guys at work like to listen to a Classic Rock station while were on the dock. Every night, the station plays a highly political Bob Marley song back-to-back with a hit record by Fleetwood Mac or the Eagles or somebody. Im not knocking either Fleetwood Mac or the Eagleshonestly, “Dreams” is the shitIm just saying though. Anyway, the point is, I have never heard that station play a song from Survival and I know I never will. Reason is, Survival made it impossible to listen to Bob Marley without paying attention to what he was saying. Theres something about the tightness of Bobs focus on this album, something about how relentless he was both musically (there are no ballads) and lyrically (theres not a single love song) that makes you know youre listening to some heavyweight political shit.
It was as if Bob had a sudden shift in personality. On “Running Away,” a song from Kaya, Bob uses a gentle, metaphorical and self-reflective tone to address the attempt on his life and his subsequent self-imposed exile from Jamaica. Maybe “Running Away” had nothing to do with Bob himself, but given that he had in fact just “run away” from his homeland, its hard to see it any other way. Near the end of the song, Bob is singing so quietly that I imagine he mustve had his mouth pressed right up against the microphone screen. “Got to protect my life,” he sings. “And I dont want to live with no strife. . . . I made my decision and I left you. And now you come to tell me that Im running away. But its not true.”
One year later, on Survival, Bob revisited the subject on both the title track and more pointedly on “Ambush in the Night.” This time, there were no metaphors. The chorus of “Ambush” goes:
Ambush in the night All guns aiming at me Ambush in the night They opened fire on me now Ambush in the night Protected by His Majesty
And on “Survival,” Bob dropped one of the great double-entendres of his career when he sang:
“Some people got the plots and the schemes / Some people got no aim, it seems.”
In both songs, Bob was striking a defiant, fighting stance. He wasnt talking about “running” anywhere. He was back in Jamaica (literally and metaphorically), ready to face his enemies. One last thing and Ill bring this novel to a close. Kalamu can say whatever he wants about it, but I love the Kaya album. “Easy Skanking,” “Shes Gone,” “Is This Love,” the mystical “Time Will Tell.” Theres “Satisfy My Soul,” with that wonderful line where Bob says his girl makes him “feel like a sweepstakes winner.” “Misty Morning” is another great record. Hell, there really are no highlights cause the whole album is on point. I guess I feel the same way about Kaya as I feel about Charlie Hunters Natty Dread. Maybe its softer than the real thing. Maybe its simpler. And maybe I dont care. Its great music and I love it.Mtume ya Salaam
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Theres More Than One Kind Of Love I listened to the Charlie Hunter again and I actually like some of it (“Lively Up Yourself” and “Bend Down Low”) but Im not particularly interested in listening to it over and over. And as I said in the write-up about it, thats on me, not a knock against Charlie Hunter or the music he made. Which brings me to Kaya. You know I understand and even like some of the tunes on Kaya. How can anyone not dig some of those smooth, classic, mellow jams? But are those gentle tunes what we need now or needed then (back in the Seventies-turning-Eighties)?
My answer issurpriseyes. We need Kaya now and we needed Kaya songs back then. But the deal is that there was already an almost unlimited supply of them gentle-sounding kind of love songs. What was less forward was struggle music.
We dont need ceaselessly to be encouraged to lay back. In critical times we need sounds to urge us forward. Let me put it in more controversial terms: as great as the body of Stevie Wonders work is, and Stevies music is undeniably greathe wrote some of the greatest love songs of all timebut where is Stevies Survival album? Where is something fierce flung in the face of the oppressor?
I dont think its an accident we dont have much fist-in-the-air popular music produced by African Americans, especially when you look at the work of the most popular artists. Hell, part of being popular in America, is being generally considered safe. The American music industry does not like edgy music regardless of how it sells.
When they did a Bob Marley greatest hits compilation called Legend, you know how many tunes from Survival they included? None. Its not that Survival didnt sell, its just that well, yall know where this is going?
So yes indeed, Kaya is hip. Is some sweet songs, yeah. But if Bob was going to go back to Jamaica and face his enemies (which is what Bob did) than Kaya was not enough to ensure his Survival. Seen?Kalamu ya Salaam
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Why bring Stevie into this? Damn, Baba. I cant believe you brought Stevie into this. Stevies Survival is a little something called Innervisions. I know you know this because I learned that music back at home. Back when we were kids, the entire album scared the hell out of me. Im a grown man now and I still get a little unsettled listening to “Living For The City,” “Too High” or “Jesus Children Of America.” Come on, now.
Which reminds me. One of these weeks, we gotta do a Stevie Wonder three-parter. Later .Mtume ya Salaam
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Because Stevie proves my point
Check Innervisions closely. Is it thru and thru a pointed political statement? No. The point you made (“scared the hell out of me”) is what Im addressing negroes are afraid of revolution. Am I calling you a negro? No, Im saying when it comes to politics the majority of us negroes are children, scared to fully face the reality of our situation.
Its time we stop fooling ourselves about our conditions. We live in a racist, capitalist, and sexist country that has a long and sordid history of violence and of bullying others including helping to destabilize Jamaica. So how is it that the little island of Jamaica produces giants like the honorable Marcus Garvey who put together the largest organization of African Americans in history and like the honorable Robert Nesta Marley who gave us the most militant popular recording of the 20th century? Because to achieve those levels of greatness you have to desire to burn down rather than sleep in the big White House. Our brothers and sisters around the world understand this reality, those of us living who think “were living in heaven” are really you know how Marleys song goes. You know the reality of America.
If Innervisions still unsettles you, what you think a daily dose of Survival will do to you? Facts is facts, Mtume. Lets not fool ourselves or pretend otherwise, when it comes to a militant, political statement Innervisions is no match for Survival. Period.
Kalamu ya Salaam
Source: Breath of Life
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I like this exchange. It was honest, open, and respectful. It brought out some real generational perspectives and tensions. I like that. Too often they are ignored and we over identify. It was very instructional.
Of course, I’m in Kalamu’s generation and he speaks my heart. He speaks that which we know from our own struggles from 1968 forward. Later generations have not fully soaked up that reality (those times and dreams) the urgency of the hour. I’m very pleased that Kalamu dropped down like he did and said what he said because it needed to be said. That edginess, that consciousness, is necessary, and necessary in these most disastrous times. It was a wake up call. Wake up and Live Rudy
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Of course, Kaya famously followed on the heels of Exodus and that is also a very heavy and interesting record. Biographically, Exodus and Kaya document the turmoil and emotional longing of Marleys exile. The notion of Exodus is, for me, one of Marleys most powerful and timeless themes. Survival seems to complete this trilogy with its militant, defiant stance set alongside his return to the homeland.rich
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1. Natural Mystic
2. So Much Things To Say
4. The Heathen
7. Waiting In Vain
8. Turn Your Lights Down Low
9. Three Little Birds
10. One Love/People Get Ready
11. Jamming (Long Version)
12. Punky Reggae Party (Long Version)
In 1999, Exodus was rightfully voted by the most important album of the 20th century by Time magazine. This is the visionary Bob Marley’s masterpiece, a concept album that distills the myriad experiences of both our daily lives and collective unconsciousness into 46 minutes of aural perfection.
Exodus has been flawlessly remastered from the original recordings and showcases what is probably the Wailers’ tightest recorded performance. The initial notes of the album’s opening track, “Natural Mystic,” fade up from a deep silence, giving the listener the impression that the music generates from within a continuum of the past, present, and future.
The first half of Exodus bears witness to Marley’s shift in focus away from the mundane problems of Babylon existence and toward a greater understanding of vital universal truths. The second half features songs such as “Jamming” and “Waiting in Vain,” which take a gently wistful look at the more interpersonal aspects of human relations.Rebecca Levine
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3. Is This Love
4. Sun Is Shining
5. Satisfy My Soul
6. She’s Gone
7. Misty Morning
9. Running Away
10. Time Will Tell
11. Smile Jamaica (Version)
Kaya, was recorded at the same time as Exodus. 25 or so tracks were recorded and 2 albums were to be made. Exodus contained many of the harder songs, but also had some softer songs, but not as many here. For the Kaya album there were 15 tracks left, and the 10 originally released in 1978 were Love songs, and homage to the power of ganja. The band shows a rare different side that is actually quite beautiful. Out of all the Bob Marley and the Wailers albums this album sticks out in my mind because it is so much different than the others. The entire catalogue is unique, but Kaya really leaves a long lasting impression. Everyone knows the song “Is this Love?” but many of the other songs are classics and should not be over looked. “Sun is Shining,” “Kaya,” “Time Will Tell,” “Easy Skanking,” and “Running Away” are all very good songs. If you are looking for something more unique and different this album is most certainly for you. If you are going to have a reggae collection, you shouldn’t pass up on this recording because it is a real treat.
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Marley in LoveBy Mark Anthony NealGiven the Marley canon, which includes so many lyrical firebombs aimed at the great global “isms” of the modern eraneocolonialism, im
perialism, racism and capitalism (modern men didn’t seem, much interested in sexism), both “Satisfy My Soul” and “Is This Love?” are so powerful because Marley allowed himself to be “caught up” in such an unguarded mood, leaving himself vulnerable to the inconsistent rhythms of love. Marley’s vulnerability is made more apparent on tracks such as “She’s Gone,” “Misty Morning” and the haunting “Running Away.” On the latter track Marley speaks from the position of a man in flight (“You running and you running / But you can’t run from yourself.”) The last two minutes of the song is brilliant as Marley sings in a growly whisperno doubt a ganga induced stream of improvisationrepeating several times the line “I’m not running away.” The moment is every bit as striking as the gospel-induced drives that close so many classic gospel recordings.
The most blatantly political track on Kaya, the acoustically sparse “Time Will Time,” features one of Marley’s most moving post-Bunny/Peter performances as Marley defiantly sings “JAH would never give the power to a baldhead / run come crucify the dred.” More than 30 years after its initial release in March of 1978, Kaya remains a sweet satisfying surprise from Marley.NewBlackMan
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1. So Much Trouble in the World
3. Top Rankin’
4. Babylon System
6. Africa Unite
7. One Drop
8. Ride Natty Ride
9. Ambush in the Night
10. Wake Up And Live
11. Ride Natty Ride (12in Mix)
In the few short years of his Island records career Marley produced a string of astonishingly good studio albums as well as two great live albums. These included Exodus, rated by Time magazine as the greatest album of the century, and Kaya, which is my personal favorite. So where does this leave the rest of the Marley canon.
Survival easily makes five stars, and it may even be the best Marley album, and quite possibly the greatest album of all time.
How can this be? Well, every song on the album is just irresistible, with great lyrics, impassioned performance, superb orchestration, catchy hooks . . . just a superb package. I honestly do not believe that anyone who listens to this album will not find it a life changing experience. Well, to be honest, there are probably lots of people who would fall into that category, but my remarks apply to those with discriminating taste and well developed sensibilities.Jonathan M. Mason
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1. Coming In From The Cold
2. Real Situation
3. Bad Card
4. We And Dem
6. Zion Train
7. Pimper’s Paradise
8. Could You Be Loved
9. Forever Loving Jah
10. Redemption Song
11. Redemption Song (Band Version
12. Could You Be Loved (12in Mix)
There is something really magical about The Wailers final album. . . .This album picks up where Survival and Rastaman Vibration left off. If there was an album that a tour album should have captured, it was this one instead of Babylon By Bus, which captured the Rastaman Vibration tour. Eric E. Weinraub
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This disc has some very important songs. I don’t know where I’d be without “Forever Lovin Jah” & “Could You Be Loved.” Life is incomplete without this cd.I X Key
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The beauty here is that we get a bunch of Marley songs that haven’t been overplayed. . . . And that leaves us we Bob’s brilliance. The guy could write a song and a catchy one at that. If you’ve filled your collection with Exodus, Burnin’, and Catch A Fire then this is a good next step. Excellent sound also.ECU_Classic_Music_Fan
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2. Roots, Rock, Reggae
3. Johnny Was
4. Cry To Me
5. Want More
6. Crazy Baldhead
7. Who The Cap Fit
8. Night Shift
10. Rat Race
11. Jah Live
This cd was released in 1976 . . . Strangely enough, none of the tracks here appear on the greatest hits cd, Legend, although many are worthy. . . . This album also marks the first time Bob Marley and the Wailers made the charts in America. The band features 2 new guitarists (Donald Kinsey from Peter Tosh’s Band, and Earl “Chinna” Smith a legendary Jamaican guitarist) . . . This cd explores some new ground for reggae, and it is very good. From the opening notes of “Positive Vibration,” to the Speech by H.I.M transcribed to music in the song “War,” I was hooked as a Wailers addict for life. jeffrodesiac
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1973 set by the Wailers was their 3rd album, and contains a lot of strong material. The highlight has to be the ominous sounding Crazy Baldheads, which Lennox Lewis used as his theme tune on his walk to the ring for many years. Positive Vibration and Johnny Was are also celebrated cuts . . . . brother ike
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1. Concrete Jungle
2. Slave Driver
3. 400 Years
4. Stop That Train
5. Baby We’ve Got A Date (Rock It Baby)
6. Stir It Up
7. Kinky Reggae
8. No More Trouble
9. Midnight Ravers
10. High Tide Or Low Tide
11. All Day All Night
Catch a Fire. . . help put the band (and, by extension, reggae music) on the map with mainstream listeners. As with virtually all Marley albums, this 1973 CD stands tall on the merits of its tight melodies, solid instrumentation, and the often politically charged lyrics on cuts like the impassioned “Slave Driver,” “400 Years” (a Peter Tosh original), and “No More Trouble,” a tough jam that can be interpreted as a pro-peace/anti-war anthem. But for me, the album’s high point is the catchy “Stir it Up,” one of his most familiar tunes that captures the essence of a classic reggae song. Some complain that it’s a bit long-winded at over 5 minutes, but for me, the groove is just fine as it is. This reissue has two bonus songs that really aren’t bonus songs at all: “High Tide or Low Tide” and “All Day All Night.” The Groove
Catch a Fire . . . is Bob’s masterpiece, and his best disc. . . . and the first four songs (“Concrete Jungle,” “Slave Driver,” “Stop That Train,” “400 Years”) are all pure gold. This ties Burnin’ as Bob’s most political album . . .finulanu
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Directed by Stephanie Black
In 2005, to celebrate what would have been Bob Marleys 60th birthday, his widow, Rita Marley, and several of Marleys offspring staged a gala concert in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in celebration of the iconic reggae singers commitment to African unity. In addition to the concert, a week of Unicef-sponsored workshops, discussions and debates took place, in which delegates such as actor and human-rights activist Danny Glover and controversial Jamaican politician Dudley Thompson contemplated what it means to be an African descendant outside Africa. Young people from all over the continent also gathered to discuss their own roles in Africas future. Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marleys Vision is Stephanie Blacks documentary of the event. Black has already given us the hard-hitting Life and Debt, which explores the destructive impact of the IMF and the World Bank in Jamaica, and H-2 Worker, which exposed the unbelievably exploitative situation facing Jamaican sugarcane cutters in Florida. In Africa Unite, she makes efforts to keep a political-activist focus intact, which is difficult, because much of the movie is devoted to bland concert footage. But the films most heartening bits come in testimony from the young Africans who will themselves make up Africas next generation of leaders. Also captivating is the sub-plot provided by Bongo Tawney, a poor, elder Rasta who travels to Ethiopia for the first time and who is visibly moved by what he encounters there. On the downside, the film is generally disjointed. It is sometimes difficult to get a sense of how the events unfolded, and of the exact significance of each segment, as there is so much concert footage interspersed. The concert footage itself does not translate particularly well to the small screen; you probably had to be there to understand the magnitude of the concert, which lasted 12 hours and drew over 350,000 people. And no disrespect to Marleys children, but every time Ive seen them live, I wish they would leave their fathers work alone and concentrate on their own talents. But needless to say, as this concert was in celebration of Daddys birthday, every one of the Marley boys presents a classic number from the 70s, and for some reason, each feels the need to remain on stage for the entirety of his siblings performances, which only adds to the dragging sense of what features here. The bonus concert footage fares little better than that on the main DVD, though a duet by Rita and Marleys mother is kind of sweet. In contrast, there are illuminating, though brief, interviews with Rita Marley and several of Bobs sons, giving some context to the proceedings in terms of their own views on Africa in general and Ethiopia in particular. In summary, although its hardly essential viewing overall, Marley fans will probably find something
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By Bob Marley
Africa, Unite ‘Cause we’re moving right out of Babylon And we’re going to our father’s land How good and how pleasant it would be Before GOD and man, yeah To see the unification of all Africans, yeah As it’s been said already let it be done, yeah We are the children of the Rastaman We are the children of the Higher Man Africa, unite ’cause the children wanna come home Africa, unite ’cause we’re moving right out of Babylon And we’re grooving to our father’s land How good and how pleasant it would be Before GOD and man To see the unification of all Rastaman, yeah As it’s been said already let it be done I tell you who we are under the sun We are the children of the Rastaman We are the children of the Higher Man So, Africa, unite, Africa, unite Unite for the benefit of your people Unite for it’s later than you think Unite for the benefit of your children Unite for it’s later than you think Africa awaits its creators, Africa awaiting its creators Africa, you’re my forefather cornerstone Unite for the Africans abroad, unite for the Africans a yard Africa, Unite
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By Bob Marley
Why boasteth thyself, oh evil men, Playing smart and not being clever? I say you’re working iniquity to achieve vanity, yeah, But the goodness of JAH JAH endureth forever. If you are the big tree, We are the small axe. Sharpened to cut you down, Ready to cut you down. These are the words of my master. Keep on telling me No weak heart shall prosper, Oh, no they can’t. And whosoever diggeth a pit, Lord, Shall fall in it, shall fall in it. Whosoever diggeth a pit shall bury in it, Shall bury in it. If you are the big tree, We are the small axe Sharpened to cut you down, Ready to cut you down. And whosoever diggeth a pit shall fall in it, fall in it. Whosoever diggeth a pit shall bury in it, shall bury in it. If you have a big tree, We have a small axe Ready to cut you down, Sharpened to cut you down. If you are the big tree, we are the small axe Ready to cut you down, Sharpened to cut you down.
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Lyrics by Bob Marley
Ya running and ya running And ya running away. Ya running and ya running And ya running away. Ya running and ya running And ya running away. Ya running and ya running, But ya can’t run away from yourself Can’t run away from yourself – Can’t run away from yourself – Can’t run away from yourself – Can’t run away from yourself – Can’t run away from yourself. Ya must have done (must have done), Somet’in’ wrong (something wrong). Said: ya must have done (must have done), Wo! Somet’in’ wrong (something wrong). Why you can’t find the Place where you belong? Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (running away); Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (running away); Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (running away); Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (running away); Do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do (running away). Every man thinketh his Burden is the heaviest (heaviest). Every man thinketh his Burden is the heaviest (heaviest). Ya still mean it: Who feels it knows it, Lord; Who feels it knows it, Lord; Who feels it knows it, Lord; Who feels it knows it, Lord. Ya running and ya running And ya running away. Ya running and ya running And ya running away. Ya running and ya running And ya running away. Ya running and ya running But ya can’t run away from yourself. Could ya run away from yourself? Can you run away from yourself? Can’t run away from yourself! Can’t run away from yourself! Yeah-eah-eah-eah – from yourself. Brr – you must have done somet’in’ – Somet’in’ – somet’in’ – somet’in’ – Somet’in’ ya don’t want nobody to know about: Ya must have, Lord – somet’in’ wrong, What ya must have done – ya must have done somet’in’ wrong. Why you can’t find where you belong? Well, well, well, well, ya running away, heh, no – Ya running away, ooh, no, no, no, I’m not (running away), no, don’t say that – don’t say that, ‘Cause (running away) I’m not running away, ooh! (running away) I’ve got to protect my life, (running away) And I don’t want to live with no strife. (running away) It is better to live on the housetop (running away) Than to live in a house full of confusion. (running away) So, I made my decision and I left ya; (running away) Now you comin’ to tell me (running away) That I’m runnin’ away. (running away) But it’s not true, (running away) I am not runnin’ away. (running away) /fadeout/
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By Bob Marley
Them crazy, them crazy We gonna chase those crazy Baldheads out of town Chase those crazy baldheads Out of town I and I build the cabin I and I p
lant the corn Didnt my people before me Slave for this country Now you look me with a scorn Then you eat up all my corn We gonna chase those crazy baldheads Chase them crazy Chase those crazy baldheads out of town
Build your penitentiary, we build your schools Brainwash education to make us the fools Hate is your reward for our love Telling us of your God above
We gonna chase those crazy Chase those crazy baldheads Chase those crazy baldheads out of town Here comes the conman Coming with his con plan We wont take no bribe, we got to stay alive We gonna chase those crazy Chase those crazy baldheads Chase those crazy baldheads out of town
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By H. W. Brands
In Greenback Planet, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands charts the dollar’s astonishing rise to become the world’s principal currency. Telling the story with the verve of a novelist, he recounts key episodes in U.S. monetary history, from the Civil War debate over fiat money (greenbacks) to the recent worldwide financial crisis. Brands explores the dollar’s changing relations to gold and silver and to other currencies and cogently explains how America’s economic might made the dollar the fundamental standard of value in world finance. He vividly describes the 1869 Black Friday attempt to corner the gold market, banker J. P. Morgan’s bailout of the U.S. treasury, the creation of the Federal Reserve, and President Franklin Roosevelt’s handling of the bank panic of 1933. Brands shows how lessons learned (and not learned) in the Great Depression have influenced subsequent U.S. monetary policy, and how the dollar’s dominance helped transform economies in countries ranging from Germany and Japan after World War II to Russia and China today. He concludes with a sobering dissection of the 2008 world financial debacle, which exposed the power–and the enormous risks–of the dollar’s worldwide reign. The Economy
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By Jamal Joseph
In the 1960s he exhorted students at Columbia University to burn their college to the ground. Today hes chair of their School of the Arts film division. Jamal Josephs personal odysseyfrom the streets of Harlem to Rikers Island and Leavenworth to the halls of Columbiais as gripping as it is inspiring. Eddie Joseph was a high school honor student, slated to graduate early and begin college. But this was the late 1960s in Bronxs black ghetto, and fifteen-year-old Eddie was introduced to the tenets of the Black Panther Party, which was just gaining a national foothold. By sixteen, his devotion to the cause landed him in prison on the infamous Rikers Islandcharged with conspiracy as one of the Panther 21 in one of the most emblematic criminal cases of the sixties. When exonerated, Eddienow called Jamalbecame the youngest spokesperson and leader of the Panthers New York chapter. He joined the revolutionary underground, later landing back in prison.
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From The World and Africa, 1965
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posted 4 February 2007