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February 14, 2019 - Issue 776

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Happy Birthday, Bob Marley!
February 6, 1945-May 11, 1981
Happy Reggae Month, Jamaica! World!



"That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes
Me say war."

WAR

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
Discredited
And abandoned
Everywhere is war
Me say war.

That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the colour of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes
Me say war.

That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race
Dis a war.

That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained
Now everywhere is war, war.

And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
That hold our brothers in Angola,
In Mozambique,
South Africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled,
Utterly destroyed
Well, everywhere is war
Me say war.

War in the east,
War in the west,
War up north,
War down south
War, war
Rumours of war.
And until that day,
The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight, we find it necessary
And we know we shall win
As we are confident
In the victory

Of good over evil
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil
Good over evil, yeah!

(We don't need) No, we don't need (no more trouble) no more trouble!
(We don't need no more trouble)

Wo! Oh-oh-oh!
(We don't need) We don't need no (no more) trouble!
We don't need no trouble!

(We don't need no more trouble)
Make love and not war! 'Cause we don't need no trouble.
What we need is love (love)
To guide and protect us on. (on)
If you hope good down from above, (love)
Help the weak if you are strong now. (love)

We don't need no trouble;
What we need is love. Oh, no!
We don't need, we don't need, no more trouble!
Lord knows, we don't need no trouble!

(We don't need) We don't need trouble (no more trouble)
No more trouble, no more trouble!
Seek happiness!?
Come on, you all and speak of love? Oh, yeah!

We don't need no trouble
What we need is love, now. (What we need is love!)
(We don't need) Oh, we don't need no more trouble!
We don't need, no, we don't need no trouble!
We don't (need), no, brothers and sisters, (no more trouble!)

We don't need no trouble, we don't need no trouble!
We don't need no trouble!
What we need is love!

We don't need, we don't need no more, we don't need
No more trouble, we don't need no more trouble!
Trouble we don't need (we don't need),
(We don't need) Lord, knows!
We don't need no more war (no more trouble).
No more trouble, we don't need no more, more trouble!

( Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.)


This song, “War,” is from Bob Marley and the Wailer’s 1976 album, Rastaman Vibration. The lyrics are taken from a speech given by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I on October 4, 1963 (Wikipedia).

Selassie’s speech:

That until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned; That until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation; That until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes; That until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race; That until that day, the dream of lasting peace and world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion, to be pursued but never attained; And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes that hold our brothers in Angola, in Mozambique and in South Africa in subhuman bondage have been toppled and destroyed; Until bigotry and prejudice and malicious and inhuman self-interest have been replaced by understanding and tolerance and good-will; Until all Africans stand and speak as free beings, equal in the eyes of all men, as they are in the eyes of Heaven; Until that day, the African continent will not know peace. We Africans will fight, if necessary, and we know that we shall win, as we are confident in the victory of good over evil.



BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member and Columnist, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has a Doctorate in Modern American Literature/Cultural Theory. Contact Dr. Daniels.
 
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