Bob Marley “WAR” Song

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

It is well documented that Bob Marley was a revolutionary singer. Until reading the lyrics of this song, I can assume that he must’ve been killed. I have never heard before that he died murdered. I have about him the same presentiment as when I heard Muammar Kaddafi talk in a conference hall in Tripoli. At the time, after the conference, I told a Udandan friend of mine that I could understand how people like him could be assassinated because their ideas were revolutionary and went against the dominant establishment of the world. He ended up being assassinated as predicted. Please judge by yourselves why Bob Marley might have been too victim of what he sung.

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another
Is finally
And permanently
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!


2 responses to “Bob Marley “WAR” Song

  1. Bob Marley has influenced the entire world with his music, which will live on to be rediscovered by more and more generations to come. His work has affected my life and my art so much. I paid tribute to him with a surreal and psychedelic portrait inspired by his words and a little 4/20 action. You can see it on my artist’s blog at


  2. i thought these were the words of emperor haile selassie, from a speech he gave at the un shortly before he was assassinated, so touche, i guess you’re right thou.


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