History Music / BobMarley

16th Jun '16 3:46:34 PM onionmaster
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** The lyrics on the songs on "Uprising" are about his knowledge that he was dying of cancer and that it would be his last album. He often expresses concerns about how people close to him will cope ("We And Dem"), his inability to change the political landscape within his lifetime ("Real Situation" and "Redemption Song") and wrote "Coming In From The Cold" at the last minute as a song to help fans cope with his death.
16th Jun '16 3:37:22 PM onionmaster
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* DivergentCharacterEvolution: An unnamed song from a 1968 demo tape borrows some lyrics from Bunny's Studio One track "Who Feels It Knows It" and also features lyrics and melody that would be reused in "Cheer Up" and "Crisis". He would soon after remodel the song into "Cheer Up" but reuse the leftover parts as "Crisis" about 9 years later. Interestingly, he not only still borrowed those lyrics from "Who Feels It Knows It" but used the song's title as a hook, without crediting Bunny.



** Bob's lyrics gradually got more and more political as they went on. The lyrics of albums from Rastaman Vibration onwards are predominantly directed at rallying people together to take a stand against oppression. The Wailers, for a long time, would talk about everyday situations in the ghetto, having a good time or problems with crime.



* GodIsLoveSongs: Most of them reference God (''Jah'') in one way or another. Some of the more specific ones are "Hallelujah Time", "So Jah Say", "Redemption Song", "Want More", "Zion Train", "Forever Loving Jah", "Give Thanks & Praises",...

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* GodIsLoveSongs: Most of them reference God (''Jah'') in one way or another. Some of the more specific ones are Bunny's "Hallelujah Time", "So Jah Say", "Redemption Song", "Want More", "Zion Train", "Forever Loving Jah", "Give Thanks & Praises",...
17th Mar '16 9:49:51 AM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy: Bob knew that the stereotype of {{Reggae}} was happy, sunshine holiday music, and so recorded more poppy singles that sat alongside his more serious political work (a pre-Island example being "Sugar Sugar" and two Island examples being "Shine Jamaica" and "Three Little Birds"). He even had the album ''Kaya'' mixed in that style, in the knowledge it would draw in fans for its highly political successor, ''Survival''.
1st Oct '15 6:45:06 PM igordebraga
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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized reggae as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.

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'''Bob Marley''' (February 6, 1945 - May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican musician who popularized reggae {{reggae}} as a musical art and (by association) Rastafari as a religious movement throughout Jamaica and the world at large.
30th Jul '15 12:50:32 AM unwell619
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** According to his mother his last words were "Jesus, take me".
30th Jul '15 12:35:19 AM unwell619
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* RealMenLoveJesus: Was raised Catholic, then became a committed Rastafari and near the end of his life converted to Ethiopian Orthodox Christianity.
14th Apr '15 5:29:30 AM Tonestronaut
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* ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]] (1978)

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* ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]] Kaya]]'' (1978)
13th Apr '15 10:32:10 AM Patachou
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* SmokingIsCool and SmokingIsNotCool: There are quite a number of photos that depict him smoking a joint. Bob also referenced smokin' herb and spliffs often in his music, including ''Jump Nyabinghi'', ''Easy Skankin'',... but despite all that he was actually quite critical of people just being stoned and doing nothing to change the system. He even referenced it in songs like ''Burnin' And Lootin' from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' ("I must say: all them- all them drugs gonna make you slow/ It's not the music of the ghetto.") and "Pimper's Paradise" from ''Music/{{Uprising}}'', which is about a female drug addict.

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* SmokingIsCool and SmokingIsNotCool: There are quite a number of photos that depict him smoking a joint. Bob also referenced smokin' herb and spliffs often in his music, including ''Jump Nyabinghi'', ''Easy Skankin'',... but despite all that he was actually quite critical of people just being stoned and doing nothing to change the system. He even referenced it in songs like ''Burnin' "Burnin' And Lootin' Lootin'" from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' ("I must say: all them- all them drugs gonna make you slow/ It's not the music of the ghetto.") and "Pimper's Paradise" from ''Music/{{Uprising}}'', which is about a female drug addict.
13th Apr '15 8:01:24 AM Patachou
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* ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]] (1978)



** "Small Axe" has a direct one by Upsetter records, against Studio One, Federal and Treasure Isle, known as 'the big three'. In Jamaican patois the word 'three' is pronounced like 'tree', so the song is really saying 'Upsetter records is going to cut down all the other record companies by being better'. Music/LeeScratchPerry, owner of Upsetter wrote the lyrics to this song, and was often known for filling his songs with biblical imagery and hidden meanings.
*** "Running Away" is a take that at people who accused Bob of "Running Away" from Jamaica after his attempted assassination. There are hints at his belief that the government were out to get him and that's why he wasn't going back. This is often forgotten with the laidback mood of the song, in which lines like "You must have done something you don't want nobody to know about" could be interpreted as some kind of kinky fetish lyric.

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** "Small Axe" from ''Music/{{Burnin}}'' has a direct one by Upsetter records, against Studio One, Federal and Treasure Isle, known as 'the big three'. In Jamaican patois the word 'three' is pronounced like 'tree', so the song is really saying 'Upsetter records is going to cut down all the other record companies by being better'. Music/LeeScratchPerry, owner of Upsetter wrote the lyrics to this song, and was often known for filling his songs with biblical imagery and hidden meanings.
*** "Running Away" from ''[[Music/KayaBobMarleyAlbum Kaya]]'' is a take that at people who accused Bob of "Running Away" from Jamaica after his attempted assassination. There are hints at his belief that the government were out to get him and that's why he wasn't going back. This is often forgotten with the laidback mood of the song, in which lines like "You must have done something you don't want nobody to know about" could be interpreted as some kind of kinky fetish lyric.
9th Apr '15 1:23:15 PM KnownUnknown
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** Curtis Mayfield was a big fan of Music/CurtisMayfield, and several of his songs feature Shout Outs and verses homaging his work. Likewise, two of Marley's more popular songs - "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Keep On Moving" - are covers of Mayfield tunes (though "One Love" only partially - through "People Get Ready").

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** Curtis Mayfield Marley was a big fan of Music/CurtisMayfield, and several of his songs feature Shout Outs and verses homaging his work. Likewise, two of Marley's more popular songs - "One Love/People Get Ready" and "Keep On Moving" - are covers of Mayfield tunes (though "One Love" only partially - through "People Get Ready").
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