Quotes From Bob Marley Songs on Politics and Revolution

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Reggae legend Bob Marley was a prolific songwriter, and many of his songs focused on political issues, Pan-Africanism, economic and social justice, and revolution. Here are some of the greatest lines from the songs that he wrote on these topics.

Bob Marley Lyrics on Politics

"Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights! Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight!" - Get Up, Stand Up 

"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!" - Get Up, Stand up

"You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time." - Get Up, Stand Up

"Today they say that we are free, only to be chained in poverty." - Slave Driver 

"How many rivers do we have to cross, before we can talk to the boss?" - Burnin' and Lootin' 

"Never make a politician grant you a favor. They will always want to control you forever." - Revolution

"I-and-I build a cabin; I-and-I plant the corn. Didn't my people before me slave for this country? Now you look at me with that scorn, then you eat up all my corn." - Crazy Baldhead 

"Build your penitentiary, we build your schools. Brainwash education to make us the fools. Hate is your reward for our love, telling us of your God above." - Crazy Baldhead

"Don't involve Rasta in your say say, rasta don't work for no C.I.A." - Rat Race

"I'll never forget no way: they crucified Jesus Christ. I'll never forget no way: they stole Marcus Garvey for rights. I'll never forget no way: they turned their back on Paul Bogle. So don't you forget your youth, who you are, and where you stand in the struggle." - So Much Things to Say

"These are the big fish, who always try to eat down the small fish. I tell you what, they would do anything to materialize their every wish." - Guiltiness

"Woe to the downpressors! They'll eat the bread of sorrow! Woe to the downpressors! They'll eat the bread of sad tomorrow!" - Guiltiness

"Rise up fallen fighters, rise and take your stance again. Tis he who fight and run away, live to fight another day." - The Heathen

"Every man thinketh his burden is the heaviest." - Running Away 

"You see men sailing on their ego trip, blast off on their spaceship, million miles from reality, no care for you, no care for me." - So Much Trouble in the World

"Now they sitting on a time bomb, now I know the time has come. What goes up is coming on down, goes around and comes around." - So Much Trouble in the World

"Arm in arm, with arms, we'll fight this little struggle, 'cause that's the only way we can overcome our little trouble." - Zimbabwe

"So soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries, and I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries." - Zimbabwe

"They don't want to see us unite, all they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting. They don't want to see us live together, all they want us to do is keep on killing one another." - Top Rankin' 

"We refuse to be what you wanted us to be. We are what we are, that's the way it's going to be. You don't know!" - Babylon System

"Babylon system is the vampire, yeah! Sucking the children day by day, yeah!" - Babylon System

"How can you be sitting there, telling me that you care, that you care? When every time I look around, the people suffer in the suffering in every day, in everywhere." - Survival

"Some people got everything, some people got nothing. Some people got hopes and dreams, some people got ways and means." - Survival

"In this age of technological inhumanity, scientific atrocity, atomic misphilosophy, nuclear misenergy, it's a world that forces lifelong insecurity." - Survival

"Africa unite, 'cause we're moving right out of Babylon, and we're going to our Father's land." - Africa Unite

"How good and how pleasant would it be before God and man, to see the unification of all Africans. As it's been said already, let it be done!" - Africa Unite

"So they build their world in great confusion to force on us the devil's illusion, but the stone that the builder refuse shall be the head cornerstone." - Ride Natty Ride

"No matter what game they play, we got something they could never take away."- Ride Natty Ride

"See them fighting for power, but they know not the hour, so they bribing with their guns, spare parts, and money, trying to belittle our integrity now." - Ambush in the Night

"Well, what we know is not what they tell us. We're not ignorant, I mean it, and they just cannot touch us." - Ambush in the Night

"Would you let the system get on top of your head again? No, Dread, no! Would you let the system make you kill your brotherman? No, Dread, no!" - Coming in From the Cold

"Check out the real situation: nation war against nation." - Real Situation

"Give them an inch, they take a yard. Give them a yard, they take a mile." - Real Situation

"It seems like total destruction the only solution, and there ain't no use, no one can stop them now." - Real Situation

"They say it's hard to speak, they feel so strong to say we are weak, but through the eyes the love of our people, they've got to repay." - Trench Town

"Why can't we roam this open country? Oh, why can't we be what we want to be? We want to be free!" - Rebel Music

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