Bob Marley – War

Bob Marley (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) performs War and No More Trouble (7:53 min)… War was originally released in 1976 as an opposition to the South African apartheid system at the time… but the message still resonates globally.

Marley’s father, Norval Sinclair Marley, (born in 1895), was a white Jamaican of English descent, who lived in Liverpool. Norval was a Marine officer and captain, as well as a plantation overseer, when he married Cedella Booker, a black Jamaican then eighteen years old. Norval provided financial support for his wife and child, but seldom saw them, as he was often away on trips. In 1955, when Marley was 10 years old, his father died of a heart attack at age 60. Marley suffered racial prejudice as a youth, because of his mixed racial origins and faced questions about his own racial identity throughout his life. He once reflected:

I don’t have prejudice against himself. My father was a white and my mother was black. Them call me half-caste or whatever. Me don’t dip on nobody’s side. Me don’t dip on the black man’s side nor the white man’s side. Me dip on God’s side, the one who create me and cause me to come from black and white.


“What life has taught me
I would like to share with
Those who want to learn…

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 are 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 persued, 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, good over evil
Good over evil, good over evil, good over evil”

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4 Responses

  1. Redroom Studios says:

    great stuff, educational too – I didnt really know about Marley’s ancestry. Although I have always been attracted to the legend and style of Bob Marley, I actually have very little of his music. My fave song is No Woman No Cry…

  2. shapeshift says:

    One time when I was in Nepal, a boy of about 12 years old started following around. Eventually of course, he wanted to take me to a shop which I knew but it is always interesting to see what each person’s approach is. The kid was Tibetan and almost right away, he took a photo of the Dalai Lama out of his wallet and waved it around but then he flipped it to the other side to the a picture of Bob Marley. “This is my God,” he said… This is one of the more prominent examples but if you travel a lot, you will find that Bob Marley is more influential than any other music artist.

  3. ann says:

    this is a great clip….you are posting such interesting things here…next weekend, I’m going to catch up on some of these as quite a few of your posts are new to me… thks! :-)

  4. Tam says:

    This is great. So good to see it again.

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