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“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.

“Natural Mystic”–Bob Marley

 Bob Marley – Natural Mystic Live In Dortmund, Germany

English: Bob Marley live in concert, just a co...

English: Bob Marley live in concert, just a couple of years before his death (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a reggae blues by Bob Marley and The Wailers. The lyrics are simple and straight forward but the song is marbled with delicious emotions.

There’s a natural mystic blowing through the air;
If you listen carefully now you will hear.
This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last:
Many more will have to suffer,
Many more will have to die – don’t ask me why.

Watch these unique performances and feel a reggae that edges precariously on becoming new age prayer. Keep in mind this is the song often associated with the soundtrack of Marley’s funeral procession as it has a dirge like quality and was used for that purpose in the great documentary, Bob Marley.

Bob Marley – Natural mystic – Live in Zimbabwe