Favorite Protest Songs #5 - "Get Up, Stand Up"

@teamfreak16 (42070)
Denver, Colorado
September 25, 2016 2:19pm CST
#5 in my Favorite Protest Songs series is a classic. I'm talking about Bob Marley and The Wailers' "Get Up, Stand Up." Bob Marley and The Wailers formed in Jamaica in 1962 (original lineup: Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer,) and made music up until Marley's death in 1981. Marley was a recipient of the Jamaican Order of Merit. The Wailers have, according to Wikipedia, sold over 25 million records worldwide. (Fun Fact from Christopher John Farley's book Before the Legend: The Rise of Bob Marley: During his career, Marley moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked as a DuPont lab technician and an assembly line worker in a Chrysler plant.) Their classic anthem, "Get Up, Stand Up" was inspired by the amount of poverty in Haiti, according to Wikipedia. It was also the last song Marley ever played live. Written by Marley and Tosh, all three original members did their own versions of the tune after they broke up. Bob Marley wrote protest songs with the best of them. "Get Up, Stand Up" is one of his best.
Bob Marley - Get Up Stand Up
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@JohnRoberts (65396)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Sep 16
If I had a dollar for every time I have heard this one!
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 16
I know. It is kind of overplayed. But not as much as, say, "No Woman No Cry."
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@JohnRoberts (65396)
• Los Angeles, California
26 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 It's only the overplayed songs you don't like that drives you crazy!
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
26 Sep 16
@JohnRoberts - That's true, but some of them it's more that I'm sick of hearing them more than not liking them. Some of them, anyway.
@cindiowens (4603)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
25 Sep 16
I like anything Bob Marley sang. Love his style.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
I do too. He truly is legendary.
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• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
25 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 Gone way too soon, but definitely NOT forgotten.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
@cindiowens - His shadow looms large over the reggae world. The funny thing is, it wasn't him that got me into reggae. It was seeing Third World on SCTV one night.
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@crossbones27 (21980)
• Redlands, California
25 Sep 16
Always a favorite of mine and did not know that about him working at a chrysler plant. They had to had to know he smoked the ganja also. I doubt they would hire him today with the way corporate americas mindset has changed. This song always motivates me.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
You're right. He wouldn't pass the urinalysis. Not to mention the dreads.
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• Redlands, California
25 Sep 16
@teamfreak16 Oh how corporate we have become. lol
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@TRBRocks420 (84696)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Sep 16
Got to love Bob Marley.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
He's a legend, no if's, and's, or but's.
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@FourWalls (15880)
• United States
25 Sep 16
Lots of his songs were protest songs, although not the "angry," fist-in-the-air kind of songs, but things like "Buffalo Soldier."
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
He definitely could write protest songs. "3 O'Clock Roadblock" is a favorite. I just as easily used that instead. This one is so iconic, though.
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@rk_969 (1)
• Nagpur, India
25 Sep 16
Truely! He is Legendary
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
I'm glad you liked it.
@amadeo (76291)
• United States
25 Sep 16
this I like.I like Bob Marley.Where do go.Get up and Stand there.Thanks.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
25 Sep 16
Yay, I got one. Always nice to know you like it.