BC: just remember, Dont worry, Be happy!
FC: Bob Marley | Exodus | By Nichola Latzgo | 1977
1: Bob Marley's album Exodus is ranked 169th on Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time. VH1 also named it 26th greatist album of all time. | Bob Marley's album Exodus came out in 1977. Although his band Bob Marley and the Wailers had broken up, he chose to release Exodus under their name because of their influence over the songs. Most of it was recorded in London while Marley recovered from an assasination attempt.
2: in 1998, Time magazine voted Exodus as the best music album of the 20th century. Many reggae fans would agree. | out of the ten tracks on Exodus, Jamming, One Love, and Waiting in Vain were huge international hits, propelling the album to 20th on Billboards Pop Album Charts, and 15th on the Black Album Charts. Many of the other tracks stand alone as amazing pieces of lyrical and vocal work. It is widely considered one of Bob Marley's best albums.
3: Exodus: the tracks
4: Natural Mystic Many have tied the meaning of this song to be rooted with Marley's Jamacan nationality. it also mentions some religious symbolism, such as heavanly trumpets, hinting at Marley's religious stand. | There's a natural mystic blowing through the air; If you listen carefully now you will hear. This could be the first trumpet, might as well be the last: Many more will have to suffer, Many more will have to die - don't ask me why. Things are not the way they used to be, I won't tell no lie; One and all have to face reality now. 'Though I've tried to find the answer to all the questions they ask. 'Though I know it's impossible to go livin' through the past - Don't tell no lie.
5: So Much Things To Say This song is a good example of Marley's cryptic story telling. It is rich with political and religious illusions, and offers random pearls of wisdom, such as "when the rain fall, it dont fall on one man's housetop", stating that life effects us all, and we are all connected. | I'n'I nah come to fight flesh and blood, But spiritual wickedness in 'igh and low places. So while they fight you down, Stand firm and give Jah thanks and praises. 'Cos I'n'I no expect to be justified by the laws of men - by the laws of men. Oh, true they have found me guilty, But through - through Jah proved my innocency. Oh, when the rain fall, fall, fall now, It don't fall on one man's housetop. Remember that: When the rain fall, It don't fall on one man's housetop.
6: These are the big fish Who always try to eat down the small fish, just the small fish. I tell you what: they would do anything To materialize their every wish. Oh yeah-eah-eah-eah. | Guiltiness In contrast to the rest of the album, Guiltiness has a more melancholy sound to it. The lyrics of this song urge the listener to learn from the bad examples of others, and to avoid sin and misery. It preaches that one should go with the flow.
7: Rise up fallen fighters; Rise and take your stance again. 'Tis he who fight and run away Live to fight another day. With de heathen back dey 'pon de wall! De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall! | The Heathen This song features a pleasant, laid back tempo, while delivering the lyrics of a protest song. The lyrics beg the listener to stick up for what they believe in, no matter how many times they get shot down.
8: Exodus The lyrics of this song speak of an "Exodus, movement of jah people". It also mentions the biblical city of babylon. This song represents the movement of people back to africa, started by the Rastifarian religion. It refferences America as babylon, somewhere were people will never be equell. In the song, people are refered to as "Jah", another reference to the Rastafarian religion, who call themselves the people of Jah.
9: Jamming This song is known as a classic relaxation tune, and its relaxed tone only conferms this. Many believe that the lyrics are about smoking ganja, an important part of the Rastifarian culture. Others argue that the "Jamming" lyric is a refference to litterally jamming with friends, creating music. One cannot argue that this song became massivly popular, and has inspired many people to just relax.
10: Waiting in Vain One of the more popular songs on the album, this song was writen as a love song to one of Marley's mistrisses, Cindy Breakspeare, who is also the mother of one of Marley's children, Damien Marley. This song speaks to anyone who has been in love, and knows how painfull it can be. | I don't wanna wait in vain for your love From the very first time I blessed my eyes on you, girl My heart says, "Follow through." But I know now that I'm way down on your line But the waiting feel is fine So don't treat me like a puppet on a string 'Cause I know how to do my thing Don't talk to me as if you think I'm dumb I wanna know when you're gonna come
11: Turn Your Lights Down Low This relaxed and sexy song is obviously a love song, its sweet tone is a welcome asset to the album. I kept this message for you, girl, But it seems I was never on time; Still I wanna get through to you, girlie, On time - on time. I want to give you some love
12: Don't worry about a thing cause every little thing is gonna be alright don't worry about a thing every little thing is gonna be alright | Three Little Birds | This song is about relaxing and letting your problems sort themselves out. It is one of the most upliffting songs on the album, and it has offered hope and comfort to many. Some also thing the three birds are symbolic of his three background singers, including his wife.
13: One Love, One Heart Let's get together and feel all right Hear the children crying (One Love) Hear the children crying (One Heart) Sayin' give thanks and praise to the Lord and I will feel all right Sayin' let's get together and feel all right | One Love | this song is like a summary of Bob Marley's philosophy on life. it stresses that we have to be the positive change that we want in this world, it also has several christian refferences. This is one of the albums most popular tracks.
14: Random Facts! | many of Bob Marley's lyrics are references to smoking marijuana, which the Rastifarian Religion considered an important part of life. They beleive that sharing a smoke helped peole connect in a spiritual way. | e recording of the Exodus album, yet Bob Marley decided to keep their name in the title. The album was originaly released in England, where he was arrested for drug possesion. | Although Bob Marley's post-death album Legend is more popular than Exodus, it is ultimatly a greatist hits record, and lacks the structure and connection that Exodus posseeses.
15: Why People Love Exodus America was looking for a lighter sound. When Bob Marley entered the music scene, he was a breath of fresh air. Reggae was a brand new sound, and his happy songs are in stark contrast to what else graced the airwaves. People were ready to relax and enjoy their music. For most people, Bob Marley was the first regge that they had ever heard, and the new style of music was exciting and pleasant to listen to. Also, Bob Marley's music is synonimus with drug usage. No one thought that those were ciggaretes that he was smoking. His take on drug usage was as relaxed as his music. He, and his Rastifarian religion, believed that smoking ganja was a way for people to connect on a spiritual level. This is in contrast to most media, that percieved drug usuage as badass or all together wrong. As an album, Exodus works quite well. The songs mesh so well together that Exodus becomes more of a singular work of art, rather than a collection of popular music. For me, it was refreshing to listen to an artist who understands his own style so well. All and all, America was ready for a positive change, and that change was Bob Marley. The album Exodus was refreshing and relaxing, just what the doctor ordered. Personaly, listening to this album was quite a treat, I had it on all time time, wether i was chilling in my room, or riding my bike, it is a great piece of background music.