Music: Exodus (album)

We're leaving Babylon
We're going to our father's land

Exodus is Bob Marley's most famous and celebrated album, providing several hit singles, including "Exodus", "Jammin'", "One Love/People Get Ready", "Three Little Birds" and "Waiting in Vain". In contrast with most of his earlier output the album was recorded in London, rather than Jamaica, after Marley was the victim of a failed murder attack in his native country.

In 1999, Time Magazine named Exodus the "Best Musical Album of the 20th Century" and it's certainly seen as one of Marley's best, if not his Magnum Opus. The album was also listed at nr. #169 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


Tracklist:

Side One
  1. "Natural Mystic" (3:28)
  2. "So Much Things to Say" (3:08)
  3. "Guiltiness" (3:19)
  4. "The Heathen" (2:32)
  5. "Exodus" (7:39)

Side Two
  1. "Jamming" (3:31)
  2. "Waiting in Vain" (4:15)
  3. "Turn Your Lights Down Low" (3:39)
  4. "Three Little Birds" (3:00)
  5. "One Love/People Get Ready" (2:53)


"Tropes of the People":

  • Always a Bigger Fish: "Guiltiness"
    These are the big fish/who will always try and eat down the small fish"
  • Army of the Dead: "The Heathen":
    Rise oh fallen fighters/rise and take your stands again.
  • Broken Record:
    We're jamming, we're jamming, we're jamming, we're jammming, we're jamming, we're jamming, we're jamming, we're jamming... hope you like jamming too!
  • Crapsack World: "Exodus"
    We're leaving Babylon
    • "Guiltiness" also counts.
    These are the big fish who always try to eat down the small fish
  • Epic Rocking: The 7:40 "Exodus".
  • Face on the Cover: The band is seen on the album cover, albeit very small and below the title.
  • The Future Will Be Better: The basic message of the songs "Exodus" and "Three Little Birds".
  • Guilt Complex: "Guiltiness"
    Guiltiness rests on their conscious, oh yeah!
  • I Just Want To Be Free:
    Set the captives free!
  • In Harmony with Nature: "Natural Mystic".
    There's a natural mystic blowing through the air
    If you listen carefully now you will hear
  • I Will Wait for You and Manly Tears: "Waiting In Vain"
    Tears in my eyes burn/ tears in my eyes burn/ while I'm waiting/ while I'm waiting for my turn.
  • The Migration: "Exodus"
    We're going to our father's land
  • One-Word Title: "Guiltiness", "Exodus" and "Jammin'".
  • The Power of Love: "One Love", "Turn Your Lights Down Low" and "Waiting In Vain".
  • The Promised Land: "Exodus":
    We're going to our fathers' land.
  • Rule of Three: "Three Little Birds".
    • Bob sings in "Waiting In Vain" that it's been three years since he's knocking on her door.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "One Love" borrows a line from The Impressions ' "People Get Ready".
    • Frank Zappa briefly quotes from "Jammin'" during "A Little Green Rosetta" from Joe's Garage.
    • Lauryn Hill once covered "Turn Your Lights Down Low".
    • The Simpsons: In "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo", when Homer says he wants to go to Jamaica, he wears a "One Love" badge on his shirt.
  • Talking Animal: The birds in "Three Little Birds" apparently are able to speak to Bob. (In reality they were a metaphor for his backing choir, the I-Threes.)
  • Title Track:
    EXODUS: MOVEMENT OF JAH PEOPLE!