Redemption Song: Song Of The Day 6/9 Read Count : 38
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Today's song of the day is Redemption Song by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Written by Bob Marley in 1979, it was his last single before he died. It was a much different type of song than Marley had previously recorded and lives on as his masterpiece. Let me know what you think.
Redemption SongOld pirates, yes, they rob ISold I to the merchant shipsMinutes after they took IFrom the bottomless pitBut my hand was made strongBy the hand of the AlmightyWe forward in this generationTriumphantlyWon't you help to singThese songs of freedom?'Cause all I ever haveRedemption songsRedemption songsEmancipate yourselves from mental slaveryNone but ourselves can free our mindsHave no fear for atomic energy'Cause none of them can stop the timeHow long shall they kill our prophetsWhile we stand aside and look? Ooh!Some say it's just a part of itWe've got to fulfill the bookWon't you help to singThese songs of freedom?'Cause all I ever haveRedemption songsRedemption songsRedemption songs[Guitar break]Emancipate yourselves from mental slaveryNone but ourselves can free our mindWo! Have no fear for atomic energy'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the timeHow long shall they kill our prophetsWhile we stand aside and look?Yes, some say it's just a part of itWe've got to fulfill the bookWon't you help to singThese songs of freedom?'Cause all I ever hadRedemption songsAll I ever hadRedemption songsThese songs of freedomSongs of freedomThe original release of the album had this song as an acoustic one and without any signs of reggae style: just Bob Marley's voice and acoustic guitar. An alternate version with full-band arrangement was released as a single in the UK and France in October 1980 and was included in the 2001 re-issue of the album as a bonus track.This song was Bob Marley's last single before his death on the 11th of May 1981.Some lyrics of this song were derived from a speech by Marcus Garvey, the Pan-Africanist orator and a prophet of the Rastafari culture.Freedom and redemption, main themes of the song, reflect Marley's beliefs. He was a very spiritual singer and he inspired the people of Jamaica with his songs.Stevie Wonder covered this song for his compilation "Stevie Wonder - Song Review: Greatest Hits" (1996).