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Bob Marley lyrics

Album: Rastaman Vibration [1976]

Tracks10
 01  Positive Vibration
 02  Roots, Rock, Reggae
 03  Johnny Was
 04  Cry to Me
 05 Want More (Want More)
 06 Crazy Baldhead
 07  Who the Cap Fit
 08  Nightshift
 09  War
 10  Rat Race
all Bob Marley lyrics



Positive Vibration
Live if you want to live
(rastaman vibration, yeah! positive!)
That's what we got to give!
(i'n'i vibration yeah! positive)
Got to have a good vibe!
(iyaman iration, yeah! irie ites!)
Wo-wo-ooh!
(positive vibration, yeah! positive!)

If you get down and you quarrel everyday,
You're saying prayers to the devils, I say. wo-oh-ooh!
Why not help one another on the way?
Make it much easier. (just a little bit easier)

Say you just can't live that negative way,
If you know what I mean;
Make way for the positive day,
'cause it's news (new day) - news and days -
New time (new time), and if it's a new feelin' (new feelin'), yeah! -
Said it's a new sign (new sign):
Oh, what a new day!

Pickin' up?
Are you pickin' up now?
Jah love - jah love (protect us);
Jah love - jah love (protect us);
Jah love - jah love (protect us).

Rastaman vibration, yeah! (positive!)
I'n'i vibration, yeah! (positive!) uh-huh-huh, a yeah!
Iyaman iration, yeah! (irie ites!) wo-oo-oh!
*positive vibration, yeah! (positive!)

Pickin' up?
Are you pickin' up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin' up now?
Pickin' up? (jah love, jah love -)
Are you pickin' (protect us!) up now?
Pickin' up? (jah love, jah love -)
Are you pickin' (protect us!) up now?
Pickin' up? (jah love, jah love -)
Are you pickin' (protect us!) up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin' up now?

[* sleeve notes give this line as vibes, got to have a good vibe.]back to top
Roots, Rock, Reggae
Play I some music, this a reggae music (repeat)
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music (repeat)

Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me
I can't refuse it, what to be got to be
Feel like dancing, dance cause we are free
Feel like dancing, come dance with me
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music (repeat)
Play I some music, this a reggae music (repeat)

Play I on the r&b, want all my people to see
We bubbling on the top 100, just like a mighty dread
(repeat)

Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music (repeat)
Play I some music, this a reggae music (repeat)back to top
Johnny Was
(wo-o-o-o! wo-o-o-o! wooo!)
Woman hold her head and cry,
'cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
From a stray bullet.

Woman hold her head and cry;
Explaining to her was a passerby
Who saw the woman cry (cry)
Wondering how can she work it out,
Now she knows that the wages of sin is death, yeah!
Gift of jah is life. (life)
She cried: ah-um, I - I know!
Johnny was a good man, I - I know! (never did a thing wrong)
Johnny was a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good,
Good, good, good man, (johnny was good man)
She cried - she crie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ied!

Wo-ooh! woman hold her head and cry,
As her son had been shot down in the street and died
Just because of the system. (system)

Woman hold her head and cry;
Comforting her I was passing by.
She complained, then she cry:
Oh-ooh-wo-ah, cry (ah-ah), yeah, I know now (ah-ah),
No I know, I know now: (johnny was a good man)
Said I know, mm-mm-mm-mm-mm. (never did a thing wrong)
Ah! ah! (johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care, she cried, (never did a thing wrong)
Cease towards the child she bear? (johnny was a good man)
Wo-ho-ho-ooh! woman cry, woman - (never did a thing wrong)
She cried, wo-oh! she cried, yeah! (johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care
Cease towards the child she bear? (never did a thing wrong)
Wo-now, cry! (johnny was a good man)back to top
Cry to Me
(ooh-ooh, hoo-hoo-hoo! ooh-ooh hoo-hoo!)
Cry to me, now;
You gonna cry to me, yeah!
You're gonna walk back through the heartaches;
You're gonna walk back through the pain;
(shed those) shed those lonely teardrops:
The reaction of your cheating game.

You got to cry to me, now!
You're gonna cry - cry - cry to me, yeah! yeah!
Lord knows how I get from the heartaches;
Lord that leadeth me, yeah!
And now I'm by the still water.
You've got to cry to me, yea-ea-eah!
You gonna cry to me now;
You've got to cry - cry - cry to me, yeah!
You're gonna spend those lonely hours.
You're gonna shed those lonely tears;
(walk back) walk back through the heartaches;
(walk back) walk back through the pain;
(shed those) shed those lonely teardrops:
The reaction of your cheating game.

You're gonna to cry to me, now!
You got to cry - cry - cry to me, yeah!
Saying, (don't know) don't know - know how I get from the heartaches;
(lord that) lord that leadeth me, yeah-eah-eah!
(shed those lonely teardrops) now I'm by the still water;
(the reaction of your cheating game) gonna cry to me now, hey!
(cry) cry
(cry) cryback to top
Who the Cap Fit
Man to man is so unjust, children:
Ya don't know who to trust.
Your worst enemy could be your best friend,
And your best friend your worse enemy.

Some will eat and drink with you,
Then behind them su-su 'pon you.
Only your friend know your secrets,
So only he could reveal it.
And who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Said I throw me corn, me no call no fowl;
I saying, cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk.

Some will hate you, pretend they love you now,
Then behind they try to eliminate you.
But who jah bless, no one curse;
Thank god, we're past the worse.
Hypocrites and parasites
Will come up and take a bite.
And if your night should turn to day,
A lot of people would run away.
And who the stock fit let them wear it!
Who the (cap fit) let them (wear it)!

And then a-gonna throw me corn,
And then a-gonna call no fowl,
And then a-gonna cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk.
---
/instrumental break/
---
Some will eat and drink with you,
Then behind them su-su 'pon you, yeah!
And if night should turn to day, now,
A lot of people would run away, yeah!
And who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Throw me corn, me no call no fowl;
A-saying: cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk.
... : cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk.
Throw me corn (cook-cook-cook);
Me call no fowl (cluk-cluk-cluk)back to top
Nightshift
The sun shall not smite I by day,
Nor the moon by night;
And everything that I do
Shall be upfull and right.
And if it's all night,
It got to be all right!
If it's all night,
Got to be all right!

Your mamma won't lose this one;
You're the lucky one under the sun.
If you make me move,
Then you know you got the groove:
All night, it's all right!
All night, yeah! It's all right!

Working on a forklift
In the night shift;
Working on a night shift,
With the forklift,
from A.M. (Did you say that? Why did you say that?)
to P.M. (Working all night!)
Working on a night shift, yeah!
(Did you say that? Why did you say that? Upfull and right!)
Well, if it's (all night!) - if it's (all right!)
all night (all night!) -

Warehouse (all right!),
You're empty, yeah!
Go around the corner,
Bring your goods!
Go around the other corner,
Bring your suitcases. (All night!)
By the sweat of my brow, (All right!)
Eat your bread! (All night!)
By the sweat of my brow, (All right!)
Eat your bread!

All night (all night)! All right (all right)!
All night (all night)! All right (all right)!
Oh, yeah! (moon by night)
Why did you say that? Oh, yeah! (Upfull and right!)
Working on a night shift
With the forklift. (Moon by night!)
Working on the night shift,
Oh, yeah! (Upfull and right!) [fadeout]back to top
War
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 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! /fadeout/back to top
Rat Race
Uh! ya too rude!
Uh! eh! what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
This is the rat race! rat race! (rat race!)

Some a lawful, some a bastard, some a jacket:
Oh, what a rat race, yeah! rat race!

Some a gorgon-a, some a hooligan-a, some a guine-gog-a
In this 'ere rat race, yeah!
Rat race!
I'm singin' that
When the cat's away,
The mice will play.
Political voilence fill ya city, ye-ah!
Don't involve rasta in your say say;
Rasta don't work for no c.i.a.
Rat race, rat race, rat race! rat race, I'm sayin':
When you think is peace and safety:
A sudden destruction.
Collective security for surety, ye-ah!

Don't forget your history;
Know your destiny:
In the abundance of water,
The fool is thirsty.
Rat race, rat race, rat race!

Rat race!
Oh, it's a disgrace
To see the human-race
In a rat race, rat race!
You got the horse race;
You got the dog race;
You got the human-race;
But this is a rat race, rat race!back to top
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