“Get Up Stand Up”–The Wailers

Get Up Stand Up Live In Dortmund, Germany

This is a song after my revolutionary heart. We know Reggae roots as righteous music, but Bob Marley and Peter Tosh remind us that their music is as much about celebrating the most high as it is about mashing down Babylon, especially Tosh’s version. He makes you want to punch your fist with punk aggression as much as move your soulful hips. My all time favorite version is on 1991s Talking Blues.

Peter Tosh tearing it up at the Greek Theater Berkeley, CA.

Most people think,
Great god will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. jah!

A Very Different Arrangement-The Wailers 1973-05-27
Sundown, Edmonton, London, England

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.

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