Bob Marley

"Get up Stand up"

Lyrics

( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tg97JiBn1kE )

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Preacherman, don't tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don't know
What life is really worth.
It's not all that glitters is gold;
'Alf the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, eh!
Stand up for your rights. Come on!

Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!
Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up: don't give up the fight!

Most people think,
Great God will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. Jah!

Get up, stand up! (Jah, Jah!)
Stand up for your rights! (Oh-hoo!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Don't give up the fight! (Life is your right!)
Get up, stand up! (So we can't give up the fight!)
Stand up for your rights! (Lord, Lord!)
Get up, stand up! (Keep on struggling on!)
Don't give up the fight! (Yeah!)

We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game -
Dyin' 'n' goin' to heaven in-a Jesus' name, Lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty God is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can't fool all the people all the time.
So now we see the light (What you gonna do?),
We gonna stand up for our rights! (Yeah, yeah, yeah!)

So you better:
Get up, stand up! (In the morning! Git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Stand up for our rights!)
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! (Don't give it up, don't give it up!)
Get up, stand up! (Get up, stand up!)
Stand up for your rights! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( ... )
Don't give up the fight! (Get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up! ( ... )
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! [fadeout]

Key Terms

"But if you know what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth": If you know what you want then go out and get it.


"You can fool some people sometimes, But you can't fool all the people all the time": You may deceive people once but soon they will see they light and the darkness in your ways


"Preacherman, don't tell me, Heaven is under the earth. I know you don't know What life is really worth.": If hell is the only heaven you see in the future then you aren't living

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Artist (Bob Marley)

Born in the Rhoden Hall, Nile Miles, St. Anne. Jamaica to Cedella Malcolm and Captain Norval Sinclair Marley. They decided to move her family from the idyllic country farming village of Nine Miles to seek their fortune in the city of Kingston. In Kingston, they live with Thaddeus ‘Toddy’ Livingston and his son, Neville ( Bunny Wailer ) who Bob befriends. They end up settling in a tenement yard housing project in Trench Town, in a ghetto. 17 year-old Bob Marley records the ska song Judge Not for producer Leslie Kong at Coxson Musik City and receives 20 pounds. His name is misspelled on the label as “Bob Morley".Twenty-one year old Robert Nesta Marley and 19-year old Alfarita “Rita” Constantia Anderson are married in Trench Town, Jamaica. Bob Marley goes to Delaware to work and save money for his new family and for his hopeful music business. Bob fully believes in the faith of Rastafari with the guidance of Mortimo ‘ Kumi ‘Planno a elder and leader in the Rastafarian movement. David, Bob’s and Rita’s first son is born at their home in Trench Town. Bob helps to delivery of his son. Natty Dread is released. Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingston part from The Wailers group. The I-Three join The Wailers as back-up vocalists. Eric Clapton’s version of I Shot The Sheriff hits number one on the Billboard charts, helping to put reggae on the musical map. An attempted assassination was made on Bob’s life during rehearsals for the “ Smile Jamaica “ concert at 56 Hope Road in Kingston Jamaica. A bullet grazes Bob’s chest ending up in his left arm, Bob’s wife Rita is shot in the head, and his manager Don Taylor suffers gunshot wounds to body. he learned that he has cancer in 1977 after a football injury and 4 years later, Bob is awarded Jamaica's third highest honor, the Jamaican Order of Merit (O.M.). His official title, Robert Nesta Marley O.M. Bob returns from Germany on a chartered plane and is admitted to Miami Cedars Sinai Hospital. Surrounded by family, Bob’s physical form passes from this Earth. Robert Nesta Marley’s state funeral service is held at Jamaica’s National Arena in Kingston and concluded in Nine Miles, Jamaica.

Issue

Overall Issue: This song is about taking action to avoid oppression, and the song was influenced by their upbringing in Jamaica. Where they had to fight for respect and acceptance for their Rastafarian religion.


Published in 1973


Yes I do agree with the lyrics and what it is trying to show because it shows what he is trying get people not to get trampled over but to stand up for a better life not just for themselves but for everyone.


Yes is song had plenty of impact because left and right people started standing up for themselves through other organizations and music like Public Enemy or Dead Kennedys