The Hidden Power in Bob Marley’s Redemption Song

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Redemption Song

 

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 About the Song
 
 
Album: Uprising by Bob Marley and The Wailers. 
Introduced: Germany, June 13, 1980
Special Notes: This solo acoustic recording was a turn from Marley's predominate style. Seen as Marley's Farewell song.
 
The powerful lines emancipate yourself from mental slavery was paraphrased from Marcus Garvey. Garvey gave a speech in 1937 in Sydney Nova Scotia entitled The Work That Has Been Done. Garvey said:
 
 
 
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“We are going to emancipate ourselves from mental slavery, because whilst others might free the body, none but ourselves can free the mind. Mind is our only ruler; sovereign.”
 

 

Why I Love Redemption Song

There will always be powerful blessings to be found in the kind of music that promotes the message of having faith in God's protective hand during trying times. And even though this message is complete in itself, there is much more to be seen in Redemption Song. Its compassion finds its fortitude in an even more expansive idea. Indeed, the Almighty can and will strengthen man despite turbulent circumstance. It's  a thought worth the time and investment. But the message doesn't stop there. Instead the song  attempts to present a shift of consciousness with its most popular lines.

"None But Ourselves Can Free our Minds."

Simple. Elegant. Honest. There is no problem that does not start and end from the expanses of the inner Self. The legendary words, if even unintentional,  takes responsibility for the mastery of one's destiny, rebuking the power of victimization and placing the empowerment back on the shoulders of the Self. Through the power of the God given will, we have the power to overcome our internal bondage that is the storehouse of all suffering. We are able to triumph over the grip of the Ego with the help and connection of divine awareness. To do this is our right as well as our responsibility.  It is our duty as a part of the human race to find our way back to that perfect point of connectivity, uniting us with all that we are in spirit.  Prosperity of action will always begin with prosperity of thought.

Marley was aware that redemption for all mankind had to start with the individual. Whether he knew that unlimited creative potential and spiritual liberation starts from the inward journey is another story. Regardless, it's a message worth singing over and over.

 
 

 

LYRICS: REDEMPTION SONG

Old pirates, yes, they rob I,
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

But my 'and was made strong
By the 'and 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 yourself from mental slavery
None but our self 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?
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill de book

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery
None but our self can free our mind
Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them can stop the time
How long shall dey kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look?
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill de book

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever had
Redemption songs
All I ever had
Redemption songs
These songs of freedom
Songs of freedom

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