Redemption song Lyrics - Bob Marley

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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
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.
/Guitar break/
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
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.

Producer Bob Marley/Chris Blackwell
Released October 1980
Genre Reggae, folk rock, folk, acoustic ballad
Writer(s) Bob Marley
ength 3:49
Label Island/Tuff Gong

"Redemption Song" is a song by Bob Marley. It is the final track on Bob Marley & the Wailers' ninth album, Uprising, produced by Chris Blackwell and released by Island Records. The song is considered one of Marley's seminal works, with some key lyrics derived from a speech given by the Pan-Africanist orator Marcus Garvey.

At the time he wrote the song, circa 1979, Bob Marley had been diagnosed with the cancer that later was to take his life. According to Rita Marley, "he was already secretly in a lot of pain and dealt with his own mortality, a feature that is clearly apparent in the album, particularly in this song".

Unlike most of Bob Marley's tracks, it is strictly a solo acoustic recording, consisting of Marley singing and playing an acoustic guitar, without accompaniment.

"Redemption Song" was released as a single in the UK and France in October, 1980, and included a full band rendition of the song. This version has since been included as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue of Uprising, as well as on the 2001 compilation One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & The Wailers. Although in live performances the full band was used for the song the solo recorded performance remains the take most familiar to listeners.

In 2004, Rolling Stone placed the song at #66 among The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the Top 20 Political Songs. From Wikipedia

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Redemption Song final performance | Reviewer: Stephen B | 2/6/14

"Redemption Song" was the final song performed by Bob Marley in public, the last encore in his final concert, which took place at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Syria Mosque. (Sadly, the Syria Mosque is also now gone.)

ALL | Reviewer: wisdom | 12/22/13

Bob marly i luv u and your songs.Infact u are more than a mentor to me,i always feel happy when listenin to ur songs and i that u change the life many with ur songs .U were there exposin injustice also fightin 4 freedom .Thank ya

Bob was on a Journey | Reviewer: Adam | 10/17/13

The most beautiful thing about Bob Marley's music is that he was on a heroic journey; one that he shares with us and attempts to take us along. Because of his extraordinary heart he was able to reach past the blinding curtains we call ordinary lives and affect us profoundly. His journey was one for freedom. He finally found this pure freedom when he gave his life to Jesus shortly before he died and he is now experiencing it for eternity. Praise God!

philly | Reviewer: Preacher | 3/24/13

If Philly is a model of a good police officer(if he is one in fact) he is a very poor example of an officer and a human being. God blessed Bob Marley and we still love him, though he is gone from our sight, he still lives on in our hearts. Philly, you need to pull you're head out of you're dark side and read between the lines.

freedoom!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: kirubel g.micheal | 3/5/13

I think no body understand EASILY what freedom is.U KNW WAT DAT'S ALL have it on our mind. i can prove it. jst think about ur self and say am free and believe dat u will be free at dat tym....but the only resoun is u. people they dn't want to gat them freedom easily!!! even till now nobody say am free happy .....but me say dat!!!!!!!

I love this Song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/28/13

I admire and really love this song that i want to perform it one day, in fact very soon. Freedom is a fundamental human right. Not may people live in freedom. Let's speak out for the oppressed in our society.

Bob Marley - prophet and servant | Reviewer: RLR | 11/30/12

I am saddened by the lack of understanding, compassion and humanity that seems to seep its way into the cracks of our ignorance. Just because of who he was, a poor man, he spook to millions. Even if he didn't speak to you, his words opened the eyes of many to the injustices in our world, and there are many!
Bob sang of The Almighty, i believe the same God we all worship! Why do we still prey on each other and call it law and religion?
Why do we still kill each other in the name of god?
In the end all we will have left...
Are these songs of freedom
I pray there's someone left to sing them

Statehood for DC | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/26/12

Hand is correct, and poetic. Symbolically, and literally, it is one's hand which reaches out and touches the world. It is what one uses to make a difference in the real world (rather than just in one's mind). Whether with a shovel, or pen (or keyboard) or sword, the hand represents one's ability to manage the real world around us. It is a turn of a phrase.

Beautiful Christian Song | Reviewer: tony | 12/22/11

Bob Marley did not come to beg...he came to conquer.
He did not come to bring peace...his songs are a sword to divide the truth from the lie...
The truth will set you free...if you remove the mental chains that prevent you from accepting it.

Economic Slavery: The rich get richer and the poor... | Reviewer: Canadian Jim | 11/23/11

The song is beautiful. The first step in thowing off repression is to free our minds. That, by the way, is what the current "Occupy" movement is seeking to do. They seek to make us aware of the growing economic "slavery" that we are experiencing. Bob Marley was, and always be, a visionary. Wake up Philly, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Go look at the song Universal Soldier, and you are fighting for multi-national corporations.

Redemption Song is my Anthem | Reviewer: Richard V Mafuta | 10/6/11

Redemption Song is beautiful song. It is a political and revolutionary work of art. But looked at, from another angle, it is an educational piece of work. For me, it calls on all oppressed peoples especially Africans of all ages to redeem themselves from ignorance and darkness of the mind. It is a call for people to seek relevant knowledge. Times are gone when we blamed goverments and parents for our poverty except ourselves. The song is timeless, it was penned in the Industrial Age but applies today, the Information Age.

Truth needs no apologies | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/13/11

It's not nice to stir the water, but it seems "Philly" might have a point. Marijuana is the Devil's flower therefore it is a weed in God's garden. Saying that, how many musicians smoke the weed, and pretend they don't? Which is worse again. There are plenty of black musicians who don't smoke the weed just as there are plenty of white musicians who do smoke it. Either way, please don't make the mistake of trying to associate cannabis use with any kind of meaningful or profound insight into anything whatsoever, as it has the exact opposite effect.

Genius. | Reviewer: Avinash | 4/28/11

The man was a genius. Period. People like "philly" can go shove it. You probably wouldn't know good music if it hit you in the face. And stop the discrimination against someone's habits. What they do, is their problem. You aren't one to judge what's right and what isn't. So think twice before posting such crap about a legend next time.

Speak only of things you know | Reviewer: Jes | 3/31/11

A review like that of "philly" should not stand alone. I guess you don't have to be very smart to become a police officer, if "philly" is one. I sure hope the force keeps an eye on him, 'cause that kind of stupidity is lethal. That "philly" does not grasp the meaning of this lyric, is not a due to a flaw in the lyric, but rather falls back on the lack of education that "philly" must have gotten. He sure can not have been paying much attention in English lit. Maybe he was too busy playing Quarterback. Thank you Bob Marley, for making this beautiful piece of music, even though you were probably stoned. ;)

hogwash | Reviewer: philly | 3/25/11

Nothing but broken buzzed out stoned and burned out brain behind lyrics that have no significance to anyone. Reminds me of the stoners I lock up - they make every bit as much sense.

Amazing that anyone could think the babbling of a stoner could have deeper meaning... get real.

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