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Bob Marley lyrics

Album: Survival [1979]

Tracks10
 01  So Much Trouble in the World
 02  Zimbabwe
 03  Top Rankin'
 04  Babylon System
 05  Survival
 06  Africa Unite
 07  One Drop
 08  Ride Natty Ride
 09  Ambush in the Night
 10  Wake up and Live
all Bob Marley lyrics



So Much Trouble in the World
So much trouble in the world
So much trouble in the world

Bless my eyes this morning
Jah sun is on the rise once again
The way earthly thin's are goin'
Anything can happen.

You see men sailing on their ego trip,
Blast off on their spaceship,
Million miles from reality:
No care for you, no care for me.

So much trouble in the world;
So much trouble in the world.
All you got to do: give a little (give a little),
Give a little (give a little), give a little (give a little)!
One more time, ye-ah! (give a little) ye-ah! (give a little)
Ye-ah! (give a little) yeah!

So you think you've found the solution,
But it's just another illusion!
(so before you check out this tide),
Don't leave another cornerstone
Standing there behind, eh-eh-eh-eh!
We've got to face the day;
(ooh) ooh-wee, come what may:
We the street people talkin',
Yeah, we the people strugglin'.

Now they sitting on a time bomb; (bomb-bomb-bomb! bomb-bomb-bomb!)
Now I know the time has come: (bomb-bomb-bomb! bomb-bomb-bomb!)
What goes on up is coming on down, (bomb-bomb-bomb! bomb-bomb-bomb!)
Goes around and comes around. (bomb-bomb-bomb! bomb-bomb-bomb!)

So much trouble in the world;
So much trouble in the world;
So much trouble in the world.
There is so much trouble (so much trouble in the world);
There is so much trouble;
There is so much trouble (so much in the world);
There is so much trouble;
There is so much trouble in the world (so much trouble in the world);
There is (so much in the world);
(so much trouble in the world)back to top
Zimbabwe
Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny,
And in this judgement there is no partiality.
So arm in arms, with arms, we'll fight this little struggle,
'cause that's the only way we can overcome our little trouble.

Brother, you're right, you're right,
You're right, you're right, you're so right!
We gon' fight (we gon' fight), we'll have to fight (we gon' fight),
We gonna fight (we gon' fight), fight for our rights!

Natty dread it in-a (zimbabwe);
Set it up in (zimbabwe);
Mash it up-a in-a zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Africans a-liberate (zimbabwe), yeah.

No more internal power struggle;
We come together to overcome the little trouble.
Soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionary,
'cause I don't want my people to be contrary.

And, brother, you're right, you're right,
You're right, you're right, you're so right!
We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight)
We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights!

Mash it up in-a (zimbabwe);
Natty trash it in-a (zimbabwe);
Africans a-liberate zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
I'n'i a-liberate zimbabwe.

(brother, you're right,) you're right,
You're right, you're right, you're so right!
We gon' fight (we gon' fight), we'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight),
We gonna fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights!

To divide and rule could only tear us apart;
In everyman chest, mm - there beats a heart.
So soon we'll find out who is the real revolutionaries;
And I don't want my people to be tricked by mercenaries.

Brother, you're right, you're right,
You're right, you're right, you're so right!
We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), we gonna fight (we gon' fight),
We'll 'ave to fight (we gon' fight), fighting for our rights!

Natty trash it in-a zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Mash it up in-a zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Set it up in-a zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Africans a-liberate zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Africans a-liberate zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Natty dub it in-a zimbabwe (zimbabwe).

Set it up in-a zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Africans a-liberate zimbabwe (zimbabwe);
Every man got a right to decide his own destiny.back to top
Top Rankin'
They don't want to see us unite:
All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.
They don't want to see us live together:
All they want us to do is keep on killing one another.

Top rankin', top rankin':
Are you skankin' (skankin', skankin')?
Are you skankin' (skankin', skankin')?
Wo-ho, top rankin' (top rankin'), 'ow, did you mean what you say now?
Are you - 'ow are you (rankin', rankin') -
Are ya - lord, lord, lord! (skankin', skankin')?

They say the blood runs;
And it runs through our line,
And our hearts, heart of hearts divine, eh!
And john saw them comin', ooh! - a-with the truth
From an ancient time.

The brotherly love (brotherly love), the sisterly love (sisterly love)
I feel this morning; I feel this morning:
Brotherly love (brotherly love), the sisterly love (sisterly love)
I feel this morning, this morning. hey!

They don't want us to unite:
All they want us to do is keep on fussing and fighting.
They don't want to see us live together;
All they want us to do is keep on killing one another.

Top rankin' (top rankin')!
Did ya mean what you say now (top rankin')?
Are you skankin' (skankin', skankin')?
Are you skankin' (skankin', skankin')?
Top rankin' (top ranking),
Did you (top rankin') mean what you say (top rankin')?
Are you (rankin', rankin)?
Are you (skankin', skankin')?
Top rankin' (top rankin');
Top rankin' (top rankin');
Are you (skankin', skankin')?
'ow are you (skankin', skankin')? /fadeout/back to top
Babylon System
We refuse to be
What you wanted us to be;
We are what we are:
That's the way (way) it's going to be. you don't know!
You can't educate i
For no equal opportunity:
(talkin' 'bout my freedom) talkin' 'bout my freedom,
People freedom (freedom) and liberty!
Yeah, we've been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
Yes, we've been trodding on the winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!

Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin' the children day by day, yeah!
Me say: de babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin' the blood of the sufferers, yea-ea-ea-ea-e-ah!
Building church and university, wo-o-ooh, yeah! -
Deceiving the people continually, yea-ea!
Me say them graduatin' thieves and murderers;
Look out now: they suckin' the blood of the sufferers (sufferers).
Yea-ea-ea! (sufferers)

Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth right now!
Come on and tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Tell the children the truth;
Come on and tell the children the truth.

'cause - 'cause we've been trodding on ya winepress much too long:
Rebel, rebel!
And we've been taken for granted much too long:
Rebel, rebel now!

(trodding on the winepress) trodding on the winepress (rebel):
Got to rebel, y'all (rebel)!
We've been trodding on the winepress much too long - ye-e-ah! (rebel)
Yea-e-ah! (rebel) yeah! yeah!

From the very day we left the shores (trodding on the winepress)
Of our father's land (rebel),
We've been trampled on (rebel),
Oh now! (we've been oppressed, yeah!) lord, lord, go to ...

[*sleeve notes continue:
Now we know everything we got to rebel
Somebody got to pay for the work
We've done, rebel.]back to top
Survival
(ow, ow-ow-ow-ow!
Ow, ow-ow-ow-ow!)
Yeah, yeah, yeah!
How can you be sitting there
Telling me that you care -
That you care?
When every time I look around,
The people suffer in the suffering
In everyway, in everywhere.

Say: na-na-na-na-na (na-na, na-na!):
We're the survivors, yes: the black survivors!
I tell you what: some people got everything;
Some people got nothing;
Some people got hopes and dreams;
Some people got ways and means.

Na-na-na-na-na (na-na, na-na!):
We're the survivors, yes: the black survivors!
Yes, we're the survivors, like daniel out of the lions' den
(black survivors) survivors, survivors!
So I idren, I sistren,
A-which way will we choose?
We better hurry; oh, hurry; oh, hurry; wo, now!
'cause we got no time to lose.
Some people got facts and claims;
Some people got pride and shame;
Some people got the plots and schemes;
Some people got no aim it seems!

Na-na-na-na-na, na-na, na!
We're the survivors, yes: the black survivors!
Tell you what: we're the survivors, yeah! - the black survivors, yeah!
We're the survivors, like shadrach, meshach and abednego
(black survivors),
Thrown in the fire, but-a never get burn.
So I idren, i-sistren,
The preaching and talkin' is done;
We've gotta live up, wo now, wo now! -
'cause the father's time has come.
Some people put the best outside;
Some people keep the best inside;
Some people can't stand up strong;
Some people won't wait for long.

(na-na-na-na-na!) na-na-na, na-na-na na!
We're the survivors
In this age of technological inhumanity (black survival),
Scientific atrocity (survivors),
Atomic misphilosophy (black survival),
Nuclear misenergy (survivors):
It's a world that forces lifelong insecurity (black survival).

Together now:
(na-na-na-na-na!) na na-na na na! (na na-na na na!)
We're the survivors, yeah!
We're the survivors!
Yes, the black survivors!
We're the survivors:
A good man is never honoured (survivors)
In his own yountry (black survival).
Nothing change, nothing strange (survivors).
Nothing change, nothing strange (black survivors).
We got to survive, y'all! (survivors) - /fadeout/

[*sleeve notes:
But to live as one equal in the eyes
Of the almighty.]back to top
Africa Unite
Africa, unite
'cause we're moving right out of babylon
And we're going to our father's land

How good and how pleasant it would be
Before God and man, yeah
To see the unification of all africans, yeah
As it's been said already let it be done, yeah
We are the children of the rastaman
We are the children of the higher man

Africa, unite 'cause the children wanna come home
Africa, unite 'cause we're moving right out of babylon
And we're grooving to our father's land

How good and how pleasant it would be
Before God and man
To see the unification of all rastaman, yeah

As it's been said already let it be done, yeah
I tell you who we are under the sun
We are the children of the rastaman
We are the children of the higher man

So, africa, unite, africa, unite
Unite for the benefit of your people
Unite for it's later than you think

Unite for the benefit of your children
Unite for it's later than you think
Africa awaits it's creators, africa awaiting it's creators
Africa, you're my forefather cornerstone
Unite for the africans abroad, unite for the africans a yard
Africa, uniteback to top
One Drop
Oo-oo-ooh, yea-ah. wo-yoy! wo-yoy! wo-yoy! wo-yoy-yoy-yoy!
Feel it in the one drop;
And we'll still find time to rap;
We're makin' the one stop,
The generation gap;
Now feel this drumbeat
As it beats within,
Playin' a riddim,
Resisting against the system, ooh-wee!

I know jah's never let us down;
Pull your rights from wrong
(I know jah would never let us down)
Oh, no! oh, no! oh, no!
They made their world so hard (so hard):
Every day we got to keep on fighting (fighting);
They made their world so hard (so hard):
Every day the people are dyin' (dying), yeah!
(it dread, dread) for hunger (dread, dread) and starvation
(dread, dread, dread, dread),
Lamentation (dread dread),
But read it in revelation (dread, dread, dread, dread):
You'll find your redemption
And then you give us the teachings of his majesty,
For we no want no devil philosophy;
A you fe give us the teachings of his majesty,
A we no want no devil philosophy:

Feel it in the one drop;
And we still find time to rap;
We're making the one stop,
And we filling the gap:
So feel this drumbeat
As it beats within
Playing a riddim, uh!
Fighting against ism and skism,

Singing: I know jah's never let us down;
Pull your rights from wrong:
I know jah's never let us down.
Oh, no! oh, no! oh, no!
They made their world so hard
Every day (we got to keep on fighting), every day;
They made their world so hard
Every day (the people are dying), eh!
(dread, dread, it dread, dread) oh, whoa! make dem a-go on so:
(dread, dread, it dread on dread) ah, whoa!
(dread, dread) I'll walk (it dread, dread)
Ah, whoa! frighten dem, ah whoa!
(dread, dread) ah, whoa! frighten dem, eh!
Give us the teachings of his majesty - with a stick-up!
We no want no devil philosophy. can you hear?
Give us the teachings of his majesty,
For we no want no devil philosophy.

We feel it in the one drop; you're lucky!
For we still got time to rap,
And we're making the one stop
Let me tell ya: this generation gap.
So feel this drumbeat;
I tell you what: it's beating within
Feel you heart playing a riddim - /fadeout/

[*sleeve notes:
And you know it's resisting against ism and skism,
Singing: I know jah would never let us down.]back to top
Ride Natty Ride
Rub, rub, rubby-doo-day;
Rum-pum-pum a-rum-pum-pum-pum!
Dready got a job to do
And he's got to fulfill that mission
To see his hurt is their greatest ambition, yeah!
But-a we will survive in this world of competition,
'cause no matter what they do
Natty keep on comin'through,
And no matter what they say-ay-ay-ay,
Natty de deh every day. yeah!
Natty dread rides again,
Through the mystics of tomorrow,
Natty dread rides again:
Have no fear, have no sorrow, yeah!

All and all you see a-gwan
Is to fight against rastaman.
So they build their world in great confusion
To force on us the devil's illusion.
But the stone that the builder refuse
Shall be the head cornerstone,
And no matter what game they play,
Eh, we got something they could never take away;
We got something they could never take away:

And it's the fire (fire), it's the fire (fire)
That's burning down everything:
Feel that fire (fire), the fire (fire);
Only the birds have their wings, yeah!
No time to be deceived.
Oh, brothers, you should know and not believe:
Jah say this judgement - it could never be with water,
No water could put out this fire (fire):
This fire (fire), this fire (fire),
This fire (fire), a yaga y'all! ride, natty, ride!
Go deh, dready, go deh,
'cause now the fire is out of control,
Panic in the city, wicked weeping for their gold!
Everywhere this fiyah is burning,
Destroying and melting their gold,
Destroying and waisting their souls.

Go ride, natty, ride!
Go deh, dready! go deh!

Tell you what: now the people gather on the beach
And the leader try to make a speech,
But the dreadies understandin' that it's too late:
Fire is burning;
Man, pull your own weight!
Fiyah is burning;
Man, pull your own weight!
Natty dread rides again (natty dread rides again);
And me say, go deh, dready! go deh! (go deh, go deh)
Oh ride, natty, ride! (dread rides again)
And go deh, dready! (go deh, go deh)
Ridin' through the storm,
Riding through the calm (go deh, go deh).
Oh ride, natty, ride!
Go deh, dready, go deh!
Ride, natty, ride!
Go deh, dready, do deh! /fadeout/

[*sleeve notes:
We riding thru the thick;
We riding thru the thin;
Ride natty, ride natty.]back to top
Ambush in the Night
(ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh-wa!)
See them fighting for power (ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh-wa!),
But they know not the hour (ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh-wa!),;
So they bribing with their guns, spare-parts and money,
Trying to belittle our
Integrity now.
They say what we know
Is just what they teach us;
And we're so ignorant
'cause every time they can reach us (shoobe, doo-wa)
Through political strategy (shoo-be, doo-wa);
They keep us hungry (shoobe, doo-wa),
And when you gonna get some food (shoobe, doo-wa),
Your brother got to be your enemy, we-e-ell!

Ambush in the night,
All guns aiming at me;
Ambush in the night,
They opened fire on me now.
Ambush in the night,
Protected by his majesty.
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee. ooh-wa-ooh!
(ooh-wee) ooh-wee, ooh-wee (ooh-wa), ooh-wa!
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh wa-ooh!
Ooh-wee, ooh-wee, ooh wa-ah!

Well, what we know
Is not what they tell us;
We're not ignorant, I mean it,
And they just cannot touch us;
Through the powers of the most-i (shoobe, doo-wa),
We keep on surfacin' (shoobe, doo-wa);
Thru the powers of the most-i (shoobe, doo-wa),
We keep on survivin'.

Yeah, this ambush in the night
Planned by society;
Ambush in the night;
They tryin' to conquer me;
Ambush in the night
Anyt'ing money can bring;
Ambush in the night
Planned by society;
Ambush in the night - /fadeout/back to top
Wake up and Live
One, two, three, four!

Wake up and live, y'all,
Wake up and live!
Wake up and live now!
Wake up and live!

Life is one big road with lots of signs,
So when you riding through the ruts, don't you complicate your mind:
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy!
Don't bury your thoughts; put your vision to reality, yeah!

All together now:
Wake up and live (wake up and live, y'all),
Wake up and live (wake up and live),
Wake up and wake up and live, yeah! (wake up and live now),
Wake up and (wake up and live) - wake up and live!
Rise ye mighty people, ye-ah!
There's work to be done,
So let's do it-a little by little:
Rise from your sleepless slumber! yes, yeah! yes, yeah!
We're more than sand on the seashore,
We're more than numbers.
All together now:
Wake up and live now, y'all!
(wake up and live) wake up and live!
Wake up and live, y'all!
(wake up and live) wake up and live now!
You see, one - one cocoa full a basket,
Whey they use you live big today: tomorrow you buried in-a casket.
One - one cocoa full a basket, yeah, yes!
Whey they use you live big today: tomorrow you bury in-a casket.

W'all together now:
(wake up and live now!) wake up and live! oh! yeah-eah!
(wake up and live!) uh!
(wake up and live now!) wake up and live!
(wake up and live) keep on playin'!
(wake up and live, y'all) uh! yeah! yeah!
(wake up and live!)
(wake up and live now!)
(wake up and live!) break it down!
---
/saxophone solo/
Come on, man!
How is it feelin' over there?
(wake up and live now) all right!
(wake up and live!) yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Uh!
Come on, man!
You gotta wake up and live!
---
Life is one big road with lots of signs, yes!
So when you riding through the ruts, don't you complicate your mind:
Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy!
Don't bury your thoughts; put your dream to reality, yeah!

W'all together now:
(wake up and live, y'all)
(wake up and live!) wake up and live, yea-eah!
(wake up and live now!)
(wake up and live!)
Wake up and live now!
(wake up and live) wo-oh!
Wake up and live now!
Wake up and liveback to top
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