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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bob Marley - "Blackman Redemption" (sound file, lyrics, comments)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases a sound file of the Bob Marley song "Blackman Redemption. The lyrics for this song are also included in this post.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Bob Marley for his musical legacy. Thanks also to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

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SHOWCASE VIDEO: Bob Marley - Blackman Redemption



Reggae Man Uploaded on Jul 11, 2009

Woy-a, Natty Congo:
A Dreadlock Congo I!
Woy-a, Natty Congo:
A Blackman Redemption! Woy-yo, yo-oo-wo-oo!
A Blackman Redemption! Woy-yo, wo-oo-wo-oo!

No need - no need to get jumpy;
No need and-a no need to get bumpy,
And-a no need - and-a no need to get bumpy;
No nee-nee-nee-nee-nee-nee-nee-need to get jumpy!

Youth and youth agree to:
Cool runnings; can you dig it?
Cool runnings; yeah, one more time! A-beg ya:
Cool runnings; can you stop it?
Cool runnings:
Spread out, spread out,
Spread out, spread out.

Tell you about the Blackman Redemption; can you dig it? (Oh, yeah!)
A Blackman Redemption; can you stop it?
Oh, no! Oh, no! Oh, no!

Coming from the root of King David
Through to the line of Solomon,
His Imperial Majesty is the Power of Authority:
Spread out, spread out,
Spread out, spread out,
Spread out, spread out,
Spread, spread out.

No need - no need - no need to get jumpy,
And-a no need - and-a no need to walk away.

Let me tell bout ya:
Cool runnings, can you dig it?
Cool runnings: it's one more time we want it;
Cool runnings;
Cool runnings;
Spread out, spread out,
Spread out, spread out,
Spread out. Spread out, spread out.
Spread out, spread out.

It's just-a Blackman Redemption
Can you dig it (wo-yeah!) Good, Lord! Good, Lord! Good, Lord!
Blackman Redemption, can you stop it? Oh, no! Oh, no!
Blackman redemption
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Here's a reformatted comment from this sound file's discussion thread which quotes several lyrics from Bob Marley's songs:

TIm Bekkers, 2015
'wisdom is better than silver and gold'

'My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die'

'Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery ,None but ourselves can free our minds'

'Me only have one ambition, y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all'

'One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain'

all of them are true.
-snip-
Definition of "natty" - British English Dictionary http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/british/natty
"stylish and tidy in every detail"

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EXPLANATIONS FOR SEVERAL WORDS OR PHRASES IN THIS SONG
A natty person is one who is quite fashionable. In the song "Blackman Redemption" Bob Marley is praising himself as being a stylish African man. (In the context of this song "Congo" means "African". "Dreadlock Congo I" means "I am a dreadlock African (an African man who wears his hair in locks -also known as dreads or dreadlocks.)

The words "Coming from the root of King David/Through to the line of Solomon,'His Imperial Majesty is the Power of Authority" refer to Haile Selassie I who was Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930–1974). Click https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rastafari for information about the Jamaican originated religion that reveres Haile Selassie I.

"Cool runnings" is a Jamaican term that means "[have a safe trip"; "peaceful journey".

"Can you dig it" is an African American vernacular English phrase that means "Do you understand?"

In the context of the song "Blackman Redemption" spread out means something like "take this message further".

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