“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
They say what we know
Is just what they teach us;
And we’re so ignorant
‘Cause every time they can
Through political strategy
They keep us hungry,
And when you gonna get some
Your brother got to be your enemy, we-e-ell!”—
“To divide and rule could only tear us apart;
In everyman chest, mm - there beats a heart.
So soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionaries;
And I don’t want my people to be tricked by mercenaries.”—Zimbabwe, Bob Marely
“No more internal power struggle;
We come together to overcome the little trouble.
Soon we’ll find out who is the real revolutionary,
‘Cause I don’t want my people to be contrary.”—Zimbabwe, Bob Marley
“Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny,
And in this judgement there is no partiality.
So arm in arms, with arms, we’ll fight this little struggle,
‘Cause that’s the only way we can overcome our little trouble”—Zimbabwe, Bob Marley
“Yeah, yeah, yeah!
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 everyway, in everywhere.”—Survival, Bob Marley
…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,
And no matter what game they play,
Eh, we got something they could never take away;
We got something they could never take away:
And it’s the fire (fire), it’s the fire (fire)
That’s burning down everything:
Feel that fire (fire), the fire (fire);
Only the birds have their wings, yeah!
No time to be deceived.
Oh, brothers, you should know and not believe:
Jah say this judgement - it could never be with water,
No water could put out this fire (fire):
This fire (fire), this fire (fire),
This fire (fire), a yaga y’all! Ride, Natty, ride!
Go deh, Dready, go deh,
‘Cause now the fire is out of control,
Panic in the city, wicked weeping for their souls!
Everywhere this fiyah is burning,
Destroying and melting their gold,
Destroying and waisting their souls.
“Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin’ the children day by day, yeah!
Me say: de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin’ the blood of the sufferers, yea-ea-ea-ea-e-ah!
Building church and university, wo-o-ooh, yeah! -
Deceiving the people continually, yea-ea!
Me say them graduatin’ thieves and murderers;
Look out now: they suckin’ the blood of the sufferers (sufferers).
Yea-ea-ea! (sufferers)”—Bob Marley, Babylon system
“It’s the seven eighty-eight
Ddt a, just like jake the snake
Actually, we don’t participate
But if you do then i’ma see you at your wake, (players)
Don’t let the drama fluctuate, I don’t wanna, I gotta, because it’s snakes
Now where would we be at, if we let you do that
We’d probrably, be laying on our backs, (players)
Talkin this and that you on my, your plan yeah, it was wack
I never would play myself out like that
But, um, I guess that’s where you at, (players)”—Slum
The fish trap exists because of the fish; once you’ve gotten the fish, you can forget the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit; once you’ve gotten the rabbit, you can forget the snare. Words exist because of meaning; once you’ve gotten the meaning, you can forget the words. Where can I find a man who has forgotten the words so I can have a word with him? -Chuang Tzu