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A bit of Bob Marley

I was watching a video of a Bob Marly concert the other night, and I was impressed by the lyrics to his song “War”:

“What life has taught me
I would like to share with
Those who want to learn…

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 are 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 persued, 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, good over evil
Good over evil, good over evil, good over evil”

While this can certainly be “read” as a call to uprising and violence, it is also quite a concise statement about the relationship between justice–particularly social justice–and international peace and world citizenship.  The latter will certainly remain an illusion until progress is made on such basic issues of social justice as racial and class discrimination.

Also, it is interesting to note that two of the countries he mentions, Angola and Mozambique, did in fact, transition to independence through violent conflict, the third, South Africa, made a (relatively) peaceful transition.
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February 9, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] for change” A while back I passed on the lyrics of Bob Marley’s “War no More” .  Well, I just came across the video of “Playing for Change” performing this song.  […]

    Pingback by More “playing for change” « IG’s Peace Blog | August 25, 2010 | Reply

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