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Bob Marley's Timeless Lyrics

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The Legacy of Bob Marley - The influence of the lyrics to

No Woman No Cry; Redemption Song; Buffalo Soldier; Everything is Gonna Be Alright.  These titles ring the name of Bob Marley across all nationalities and generations.  His life affected many and his death resurrected millions with more followers ready to explore his culture and ideals.  When you think of red-gold-and-green, dreadlock Rasta, Jamaica you think of Bob Marley.  Why does his music resonant so deeply with current society?

As many strive to find that organic way of life whether it be the food that we eat, the way we wear our hair or the clothing that we use to represent our individuality, Bob Marley's influence is seeping over the trends of the decade. His music represents social change, inspires positivity, happiness and love.

I want to explore the lyrics to the song "One Love".  This song is a strong representation of what Bob Marley embodied and why he owns his own space in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

One Love lyrics

One love, one heart
Let's get together and feel all right
Hear the children crying (One love)
Hear the children crying (One heart)
Sayin', "Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right."
Sayin', "Let's get together and feel all right."
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa

Let them all pass all their dirty remarks (One love)
There is one question I'd really love to ask (One heart)
Is there a place for the hopeless sinner
Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?
Believe me

One love, one heart
Let's get together and feel all right
As it was in the beginning (One love)
So shall it be in the end (One heart)
Alright, "Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right."
"Let's get together and feel all right."
One more thing

Let's get together to fight this Holy Armageddon (One love)
So when the Man comes there will be no, no doom (One song)
Have pity on those whose chances grow thinner
There ain't no hiding place from the Father of Creation

Sayin', "One love, one heart
Let's get together and feel all right."
I'm pleading to mankind (One love)
Oh, Lord (One heart) Whoa.

"Give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right."
Let's get together and feel all right.

These lyrics still give me goosebumps as its meaning relates to the frustration over mindless war and that instead of fighting everyone should simply love each other.  If this were to happen then everything in life would be alright.  We need to stop seeing the differences in each other as a battle ground.  But the deepest meaning to this song is the ones that cause the war will pay for their sins no matter what.  They will have to answer to God and ask for forgiveness.
This song was written during the massive chaos of the Jamaican elections in December 1976.  Jamaica became divided between the elected Prime Minister Michael Manley's National Party and the Jamaican Labour Party.  Bob Marley tried to stay neutral as his influence was massive to initially get Michael Manley elected in the beginning with his support.
Bob Marley was an artist in many ways.  He was the artist in music, in politics, in anti-religion, in Rastafari representation, family, and an artist of love.  His words are thoughtful and has depth like no other artist can compare.  I only wish I found his music sooner...



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  1. "One Love - by Bob Marley." http://www.songfacts.com. 15/04/2012 <Web >

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