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Bob Marley – On “Rebelution”

It is a known fact that Bob Marley has fought for the rights of many in Jamaica through his songs. Songwriting, although a little different than literary platform, is one of the most influential forms of writing cause it combines both the artistry of writing and rhythm. It captures the soul of man and can make the masses understand the meaning the writer tries to transcend.

Marley’s lyrics were not just words set to music; they were anthems of hope and calls to action. His songs resonated deeply with the people of Jamaica, speaking to their struggles, aspirations, and dreams. Through his music, Marley addressed issues of social injustice, poverty, and inequality, giving voice to the voiceless. His powerful lyrics served as a rallying cry for change, inspiring generations to stand up for their rights and demand a better future. In this way, Bob Marley’s songwriting became a catalyst for social and political transformation, leaving an indelible mark on the history of Jamaica and the world at large.

Here are some of the best lyrics Bob Marley has bestowed upon us mere humans:

On standing up for what you believe in…

“Preacher man don’t tell me heaven is under the earth
I know you don’t know what life is really worth
Is not all that glitters in gold and
Half the story has never been told
So now you see the light, aay
Stand up for your right. Come on.”

-Bob Marley, Get Up Stand Up

On social truth…

“Said he was a Buffalo Soldier win the war for America;
Buffalo Soldier, Dreadlock Rasta,
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival;
Driven from the mainland to the heart of the Caribbean.”

-Bob Marley, Buffalo Soldier

On self-belief and resistance…

“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.”

-Bob Marley, Redemption Song

If you have any predicaments, always fight for it. A person with conviction can send a powerful message. It can be in the form of song, novel, or even through writing. If you feel like being a strong believer of anything or you possess an opinion, you can express it through writing. Bob Marley is a great example of a writer who translates his principles through his own way. If you need an inspiration in writing what you need to say, Bob Marley is your guide.

Bob Marley
Bob Marley
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