The Politics of Oppression in the Lyrics of Bob Marley
"Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!" This is the sound of lyrical bliss from one of Bob Marley's many songs. From the beginning, Bob Marley's lyrical choice has always been towards that of defending what you believe it and not letting anyone take over or bring you down. He was a heroic figure to many, especially those who trust and believe deeply in Rastafarianism. According to The Story of Bob Marley, Marley's lyrics embody "political repression, metaphysical and artistic insights, gangland warfare and various periods of mystical wilderness." Music often serves as a way to pass down traditions that can not only provide us with a look back on history but can also give us a greater understanding of the present. Bob Marley's lyrics intensify the fans knowledge about cultural oppression and its effects of bringing one down.
In 1967 Bob Marley had begun to focus his music around the Rastafarianism and his beliefs, which he had been introduced to a little earlier on. This moment in time is where his real legacy began. His old musical anthems were out and his new music based dedication was to spiritual and social issues. The song One Love was written based on Marley's idea that everyone should stop fighting and become one. It is also suggested that within the song there is a deeper meaning about oppression and expressing how evil will come to those who sin. Bob Marley had extremely strong and deep beliefs for Rastafarianism and would go to many lengths to abide by the religion. Written in One Love Marley asks "Is there a place for the hopeless sinner, who has hurt all mankind just to save his own?" he is more or less asking along with that question; why people do what they do. Because the next line after that "One love, one heart" drifting back to everybody becoming equal, accepting, and one with each other. All Marley wanted was unity and peace within ones self and to be able to bring that grace...
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