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Few writers in the last century achieved the prolific output that Bob Marley did. He released fourteen studio albums in fifteen years, averaging an astonishing one album per year!

Among the amount of great songs he wrote, “Redemption Song” undoubtedly stands out as one of our favorites and a fan favorite in general. This song closes out the 1980 album “Uprising,” which also happens to be his final studio album released during his lifetime.

What sets this song apart is that it was recorded solely with Bob Marley and his acoustic guitar, yet the absence of the Wailers and the reggae vibe isn’t even noticeable.

It’s impossible not to detect a profound sense of sadness when listening to the song, and understandably so, as the Jamaican composer was battling cancer, an illness that would soon claim his life. This was Bob Marley’s last single before his death on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36.


Redemption Song” Lyrics

Old pirates, yes, they rob I

Sold I to the merchant ships

Minutes after they took I

From the bottomless pit

But my hand was made strong

By the hand of the Almighty

We forward in this generation

Triumphantly

Won’t you help to sing

These songs of freedom?

‘Cause all I ever have

Redemption songs

Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery

None but ourselves can free our minds

Have no fear for atomic energy

‘Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets

While we stand aside and look?

Ooh, some say it’s just a part of it

We’ve got to fulfill the book

Won’t you help to sing

These songs of freedom?

‘Cause all I ever have

Redemption songs

Redemption songs

Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery

None but ourselves can free our mind

Whoa! Have no fear for atomic energy

‘Cause none of them-ah can-ah stop-ah the time

How long shall they kill our prophets

While we stand aside and look?

Yes, some say it’s just a part of it

We’ve got to fulfill the book

Won’t you help to sing

These songs of freedom?

‘Cause all I ever have

Redemption songs

All I ever have

Redemption songs

These songs of freedom

Songs of freedom

Bob Marley – “Redemption Song”

Source: Genius.com

Songwriters: Bob Marley

Redemption Song lyrics © Universal Music Publishing, Inc.


Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song“: The Lyrics Meaning

This song drew from the works of the civil-rights campaigner Marcus Garvey, who in a 1937 speech said:

We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind.

“Redemption Song” is a quiet reinforcement of the joyous uprising that Bob Marley felt was needed and believed, optimistically, that the world sees. It sums up his life and what he stood for in his songs: freedom and redemption. Marley was a very spiritual singer who gave hope to the downtrodden in his native Jamaica, and whose message spread to the United States and all around the globe.


Bob Marley’s Cause of Death

Bob Marley died on May 11, 1981, at the age of 36. The official cause of death was acral lentiginous melanoma, a type of skin cancer that originated under one of his toenails and spread throughout his body. Unfortunately, a dark lesion under a toenail on his right foot was initially misdiagnosed as a bruise from a soccer injury.

Although doctors recommended treatment, Marley opted for alternative treatments. Despite receiving alternative therapies and traditional medical interventions, including a partial amputation of his toe and chemotherapy, the cancer had already metastasized, ultimately leading to his untimely death.


Redemption Song” Video

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