The prophet of Reggae music!
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.
Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and regarded by many as a prophet of not just reggae, but also the Rastafarian religion.
Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley. Between ’73, the year of his first major tour and ’81, when he sadly passed away due to cancer, Bob became one of our times most recognized performers.
Since Marley’s death, his legacy has continued to escalate and he has been inducted into many Hall of Fame’s and received numerous cultural awards including Greatest Album Of The Century for Exodus (Time Magazine).
Bob Marley classics include Could You be Loved, Jammin’, One Love, No Woman No Cry, Redemption Song, Get Up, Stand Up and I Shot The Sheriff.
When Marley wrote Redemption Song he was terminally ill
Redemption Song is a song by Bob Marley from the album Uprising.
The original and most famous recording of Redemption Song was performed on just one acoustic guitar. However, there are other versions, both live and in the studio, with and without a band. When Uprising was re-released in ’01, the full band version was featured as well as the original acoustic take.
When he wrote Redemption Song in ’79, he already knew about his cancer and was dealing with his mortality. How much this affected the meaning of the song might be dangerous waters to explore but there is usually a strong connection with timeless songs and great loss.
The lyrics do have a connection with a speech by Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr, an African journalist, black nationalist and a main figure in the Rastafarian movement. Garvey and Marley shared the interest of fighting issues such as slavery, colonialism, and racism.
Pan-Africanism has hundreds of years of oppression behind it. Redemption Song speaks about this.
Rolling Stone’s magazine ranked Redemption Song #66 on their list of Greatest Songs Of All Time.
I Shot The Sheriff – Chords & Guitar Lessons
This one guitar arrangement of I Shot The Sheriff aim to combine the original bass line and chords in a way that reminds us of a band jamming.
In later lessons, we play the vocal melody and improvise up parts.
I Shot The Sheriff – Lyrics
I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff,
but I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.
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Redemption Song – Chords & Guitar Lessons
Bob Marley’s classic Redemption Song is many budding guitar players’ first attempt at playing a full song.
With a simple arrangement, powerful lyrical message and open position chords, surely this is the ultimate campfire song.
Redemption Song – Lyrics
Old pirates yes they rob I,
sold I to the merchant ships.
Minutes after they took I,
from the bottomless pit.
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