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African Herbsman

Album Title: African Herbsman


Album Year: 1973


African Herbsman

To Bob Marley's emotionally charged music and lyrics, add the tight riddims and harmonies of the Wailers and then put all of that talent into the ceaselessly creative hands of production wizard Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Album Tracks

01Lively Up Yourself
Lively up yourself and don't be no drag
Lively up yourself, 'cause this is the other bag
Hey, lively up yourself and don't be no drag
You lively up yourself, dig it, the other bag

Hey, you rock so, you rock so, like you never did before
You dip so, you dip so, and you can dip thru my door
You come so, you come so, oh yeah, like I do adore you
You skank so, you skank so, and-a I can assure you

You can lively up yourself and don't be no drag
Hey, you lively up yourself, can you dig it?

(..)

Hey (you rock so, you rock so), like you never did before
You dip so, you dip so, can you dig it?

You lively up yourself and don't be no drag
You lively up yourself, 'cause this is the other bag
Hey, lively up yourself

Lively up yourself, other bag
Can you dig it? Can you dig it?
Lively Up Yourself
02Small Axe
Why boasteth thyself, oh, evil men,
Playing smart, and not being clever?
I said, youre working iniquity,
To achieve vanity. (if a-so a-so)
But the goodness of Jah, Jah,
I-dureth for I-ver.

So if you are the big tree,
We are the small axe.
Ready to cut you down, (well sharp)
To cut you down.

These are the words,
Of my master, keep on tellin' me:
No weak heart, shall prosper.
Hey! Whosoever diggeth a pit,
Shall fall in it, fall in it.
And whosoever diggeth a pit,
Shall fall in it. (fall in it)

If you are the big tree, let me tell you that,
We are the small axe, sharp and ready.
Ready to cut you down (well sharp)
To cut you down.
(to cut you down)
(to cut you down)

These are the words,
Of my master, tellin' me that:
No weak heart, shall prosper.
And whosoever diggeth a pit,
Shall fall in it, uh, bury in it.
And whosoever diggeth a pit,
Shall bury in it, uh. (bury in it)

If you are the big, big tree,
We are the small axe.
Ready to cut you down, (well sharp)
To cut you down.
If you are the big, big tree, let me tell you that,
We are the small axe.
Ready to cut you down ,(well sharp)
To cut you down.
Sharpened..
Small Axe
03Duppy Conqueror
Yes, me friend,
We deh a street again.
Yes, me friend, me good friend,
Dem say we free again.

The bars could not hold me;
Force could not control me now.
They try to keep me down, yeah!
But Jah put I around. Yeah!

Yes, I've been accused many a times
And wrongly abused, now.
Oh, but through the powers of the Most-I,
They've got to turn me loose.

O-o-oh! O-o-ooh! Oh! Don't
try to cold me up on this
bridge, now.
I've got to reach Mount Zion -
The highest region.
So if you a bull-bucka,
Let me tell you this -
I'm a duppy conqueror - conqueror. Oh, yeah!

Yes, me friend, me good friend,
We deh a street again. O-oh!
Yes, me friend, me good friend,
Dem say we free again. Oh! Oh!

So don't try to cold me up
on this bridge, now.
I've got to reach Mount Zion -
The highest region.
So if you a bull-bucka,
Let me tell you this:
I'm a duppy conqueror - conqueror. Oh, yeah!

Yes, me friend,
Dem say we free again. Oh! Oh, yeah!
Yes, me friend,
Dem set we free again. Oh!
Yes, me friend, me good
friend, ... [fadeout]
Duppy Conqueror
04Trenchtown Rock
One good thing about music, when it hits you (you feel no pain)
Oh, oh, I say, one good thing about music, when it hits you (you feel no pain)
Hit me with music, hit me with music now

This is (Trenchtown rock), don't watch that
(Trenchtown rock), big fish or sprat now
(Trenchtown rock) You reap what you sow
(Trenchtown rock), and only Jah, Jah know
(Trenchtown rock) I'd never turn my back
(Trenchtown rock), I'd give the slum a try
(Trenchtown rock) I'd never let the children cry
(Trenchtown rock), 'cause you got to tell Jah, Jah why

(Groovin') It's Kingston 12
(groovin'), it's Kingston 12
(Groovin') It's Kingston 12 now
(groovin'), it's Kingston 12
No want you come galang so, oh no
(No want you fe galang so), ska-ba-dip-ska-ba
(You want come cold I up) Ska-ba-dibby-dip,
ska-ba-doop, ska-ba-doop (cold I up)
Oh, oh, I'm groovin', and the world knows by now,
now, now, now, now, now, now, now, y'all

Oh now, I said, you feel no pain now
One good thing about music, when it hits you (you feel no) feel no pain
Hit me with music now, oh now, hit me with music now
Hit me with music, harder, brutalize me (music)

This is (Trenchtown rock), I say, don't watch that
(Trenchtown rock), if you a big fish or sprat
(Trenchtown rock) You reap what you sow
(Trenchtown rock), and everyone know now
(Trenchtown rock) Don't turn your back
(Trenchtown rock), I say, give the slum a try
(Trenchtown rock) Never let the children cry
(Trenchtown rock), or you got to tell Jah, Jah why

(Groovin') It's Kingston 12
(groovin'), it's Kingston 12
(Groovin') I said, it's Kingston 12 now
(groovin'), oh, oh, oh, it's Kingston 12
(No want you fe galang so) Didn't I told you that
(no want you fe galang so) we should leave with love?
(You want come cold I up) I'm not gonna do that, man,
nothin' (come cold I), and look deh now
(Groovin') And then it's Kingston
12, uh
(Good God) Good God, looky here now, uh
Hit me with music..
Trenchtown Rock
05African Herbsman
All twinklin' lee
Can't see the right roads when the streets are paved
The old slave men might grind slow
But it grinds fine, yeah

African herbsman, why linger on?
Just concentrate, 'cause heaven lives on
Retired slave men will look with a scorn
With a transplanted heart (yes, how quick they had to part)
(.. how quick they had to part)

The remembrance of today
Is the sad feelin' of tomorrow
(.. how quick ..) Oh (.. part), oh yeah

African herbsman, seize your time
I'm takin' illusion on the edge of my mind
I'm takin' losers down thru my life
Down thru my life, yeah (yes, how quick they had to part)
(.. how quick they had to part)

Dideh part, yes, they part
In remembrance of today
(.. how quick they had to part)

African herbsman, why linger on?
Just concentrate, 'cause your heaven lives on
Greet-I-eth slave men will look with a scorn
With a transplanted heart, yes, how (.. quick they have to part)
(.. how quick they have to part)

In remembrance of today
Brings sad feelings of tomorrow
(Yes, how quick they have to ..) Lead me on, oh, Lord, I pray to you

(African herbsman) (African herbsman)
African, African herbsman..
African Herbsman
06Keep On Moving
Lord, I got to keep on moving
Lord, I got to get on down
Lord, I've got to keep on moving
Where I can't be found, where I can't be found
Lord, they coming after me

I've been accused on my mission
JAH knows you shouldn't do
For hanging me they were willing yeah! yeah!
And that's why I've got to get on thru
Lord, they coming after me

Lord, I got to keep on moving
Lord, I got to get on down
Lord, I've got to keep on moving
Where I can't be found
Lord, they're coming after me

I know someday we'll find that piece
Of land somewhere not nearby Babylon
The war will soon be over and Africa
Will unite the children who liveth in
Darkness have seen the great light

I've got two boys and a woman
And I know they won't suffer now
JAH forgive me for not going back
But I'll be there anyhow
Yes I'll be there anyhow

Lord, I got to keep on moving
Lord, I got to get on down
Lord, I've got to keep on moving
Where I can't be found, where I can't be found
Lord, they coming after me
Keep On Moving
07Fussing & Fighting
Why's this fussing and a-fighting?
I wanna know, Lord, I wanna know
Why's this bumping and a-boring?
I wanna know, Lord, I wanna know now

We should really love each other (love each other)
In peace and harmony (peace and harmony), ooh
Instead, we're fussing and fighting (fussing and fighting)
And them workin' iniquity (.. iniquity)

Why's this fussing and a-fighting?
I wanna know, Lord, I wanna know (.. know), I wanna know now
Why's this cheating and backbiting?
(I wanna know ..) I wanna know, oh, Lord, I wanna know now

(stop your fussing and fighting, stop your fussing and fighting)
(stop your fussing and fighting, stop your fussing and fighting)

We should really love each other (love each other)
In peace and harmony (peace and harmony)
Instead, instead, we're fussing and fighting (fussing and fighting)
Like we ain't supposed to be (.. supposed to be), tell me why
Why's this fussing and a-fighting?
I wanna know, Lord, I wanna know, someone, please
Why's this (.. bumping and ..) bumping and boring?
(I wanna ..) I wanna know (.. I wanna know), Lord, tell me now ..
Fussing & Fighting
08Stand Alone
There you are, cryin' again
But your loveliness won't cover your shame
There you are, you're takin' true love
And while you're takin' true love, you given the blame

(How could I ..) Could I be so wrong
To think that we could get along?
Days I wasted with you, child
If I count there'll be a million or two
Now I stand alone through the memories
That haunts me, that haunt
Yeah, and I walk alone through the rhapsodies
That taunts me, that taunts me, me

There you are, cryin' again
But your loveline-ness won't cover your shame
There you are, you're takin' true love
And while you're takin' true love, given the blame

(How could I ..) How could I be so wrong
To think that we could get along?
Days I wasted with you, child
If I count there'll be a million or two
Now I stand alone through the memories
That haunts me, that haunts (.. me)
And I walk alone through the rhapsodies
That taunts me, that taunts me

Now, there you are, cryin' again
But your loveline-ness won't cover your sham-ame, hey
There you are, you're takin' true lo-love
While you're takin' true lo-love, given the blame

(How could I ..) How could I ..
Stand Alone
09Medley: All In One, Pt. 1
Bend down low
Let me tell you what I know now
Bend down low
Let me tell you what I know, what I know, what I know

Long time, we no have no nice time
Doo-yoo-doo-dun-doo, yeah, think about that
Long, long, long, long time, we no have no nice time
Doo-yoo-doo-dun-doo, yeah, think about that, mm

One love, one heart
Let's get together and feel alright
One love, hear my plea, one heart
Give thanks and praise to the Lord, and I will feel alright

Simmer down, you lickin' too hot, so
Simmer down, soon you'll get dropped, so
Simmer down, man, you hear what I say?

After he
Breaks your heart
Then you'll be sad, so sad
And then your teardrops start
I tell you, then you'll know how
It hurts to be alone

Oh, what a (feeling), what a feeling (be blue)
Oh, what a feeling, oh, what a feeling (Oh, what a feeling to be blue)
Have you ever had a lonesome feeling?

This was cause thru love and affection
This was cause thru love and affection
This was cause thru love and affection

Mm, feel them spirit
I'm gonna put it on
Feel them spirit
I'm gonna put it on

Yes, my friend
We're in the streets again
Yes, my friend
Dem set we free again..
Medley: All In One, Pt. 1
10Don't Rock The Boat
Huh, please don't you rock my boat
'Cause I don't want my boat to be rockin' anyhow
Please don't you rock my boat, no
'Cause I don't want my boat to be rockin'

I'm tellin' you that, oh, ooh-aah, I like it a-like a-this
Can you miss?
And you should know, ooh-aah, when I like it a-like a-this
Am I really it? Ooh yeah
You satis- satis- satisfy my soul, morning time
Evening cold, -fy my soul
Yes, I've been a-tellin' you, bake me the sweetest cakes
I'm happy inside all the time
Oh, can't you see what you've done for me? Yeah

You make me feel like when we bend them new corners
We feel like sweepstake winners, yeah
When we bend them new corners
We feel like sweepstake winners

And I said, oh, ooh-aah, I like it a-like a-this
Yes, I do
And you should know, ooh-aah, when I like it a-like a-this
I've got it, just can't miss, ooh
Satis- satisfy my soul, darlin'
Make me love you in the morning time, yeah
If ever I treated you bad, make it up to me one time
'Cause I'm happy inside all the time
I want you beside me, yeah, to be mine

One thing you've got to do, is when a-we holding hands together
You've got to know that we love, a-love each other, yeah
And if every time you should walk away from me now
Uh, you'll now I need your sympathy, yeah

Can you see? Do you believe me?
Oh, darlin', darlin', I'm callin', callin'
Satisfy my soul, satisfy my soul
Never, never, never give it up now

All in the same boat
Rockin' on the same route
We gotta get together, join each other
And can't you see what I've got for you? Yeah

I'm happy, happy, happy, happy, happy,
And not you can turn me blue now
Come a little closer, satisfy my ..
Don't Rock The Boat
11Put It On
Feel them spirit
Feel them spirit
Feel them spirit
Lord, I thank you
Lord, I thank you

Feel alright now
Feel alright now
Feel alright now
Lord, I thank you
Lord, I thank you

I'm gonna put it on, I put it on already
I'm gonna put it on, and it was steady
I'm gonna put it on, put it on again
Good Lord, help me
Good Lord, help me

I'm not boastin'
I'm not boastin'
I'm not boastin'
Feel like toastin'
Feel like toastin'

I rule my destiny, yeah
I rule my destiny
I rule my destiny
Lord, I thank you, yeah
Lord, I thank you

No more cryin'
No more cryin'
No more cryin'
Good Lord, hear me
Good Lord..
Put It On
12Sun Is Shining
Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, yeah.
Make you wanna move, your dancing feet, now.
To the rescue, here I am.
Want you to know, y'all, can you understand?

When the mornin', gather the rainbow, yeah, yeah.
Want you to know, I'm a rainbow too, now.
To the rescue, here I am.
Want you to know y'all, can you, can you, can you understand?

(..)

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, now.
Make you wanna move, your dancing feet, yeah.
But the rescue, here I am.
Want you to know just if you can, here I stand,
No, no,no, no, no, no, no, no.

Can you understand me now, baby?
Do you believe?
Sun Is Shining
15Brain Washing
Ooh-ooh
Old Mr. Joe, he build a house away
On top of some hill
Old Mr. Joe knew he had to go, so he
He got right down and wrote bank will
He say now, here's to mother hen
And her chicken, Lord have mercy now
Master, will you take a roll in the mud
Like you know you should?
The old barnyard, the old barnyard
Birds and the chick, ooh-wee
Who's got to watch out for brother mongoose
With his top hap and walking-stick?

It's just the poor's brain washing
(Poor's ..) They told me a long time ago,
It's just the poor's brain washing, ooh-wee
(Poor's brain washing) Now look at a thing like this

Cinderella and her long lost fellow
In the midnight hour, she lost her silver slipper
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
While Jack and Jill had themselves a fall

It's just the poor's (.. brain washing)
And I don't need it no longer (.. washing)
It's just the poor's brain washing
Coming through to a poor man's child, ooh-wee, look at this

Little Miss Muffet she sat on a tuffet
While Little Red Riding Hood delivered her grandmom's food
Ooh-wee ooh-wee
Ooh-wee, look at one more thing like this
The cow jumping over the moon
While the dish got jealous, he grabbed the handy spoon

It's just the poor's brain washing
And I don't need it no longer, I don't want it no longer
I don't need it no longer (.. washing)
And I don't care for no more brain washing (.. washing)
Brain Washing


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