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Burnin'

Album Title: Burnin'


Album Year: 1973


Burnin'

The Wailers' fourth album overall, Burnin', was their second for Island Records, released only six months after its predecessor, Catch a Fire. Given that speed, it's not surprising that several tracks -- "Put It On," "Small Axe," and "Duppy Conqueror" -- are re-recordings of songs dating back a few years.

Album Tracks

01Get Up, Stand Up
Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight!

Preacherman, don't tell me,
Heaven is under the earth.
I know you don't know,
What life is really worth.
It's not all that glitters is gold,
Half the story has never been told:
So now you see the light, ey!
Just stand up for your rights, come on!

Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight!
Get up, stand up! Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up! Don't give up the fight!

Most people think,
Great God will come from the sky,
Take away everything,
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth,
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. Jah!

Get up, stand up! (Jah, Jah!)
Stand up for your rights! (oh-hoo!)
Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up!)
Don't give up the fight! (life is your right!)
Get up, stand up! (so we can't give up the fight!)
Stand up for your rights! (Lord, Lord!)
Get up, stand up! (keep on strugglin' on!)
Don't give up the fight! (yeah!)

We sick an tired of your ism-skism game,
Dyin' n goin to heaven in-a Jesus name, Lord.
We know when we understand,
Almighty God is a living man,
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can't fool all the people all the time,
So now we see the light, (what you gonna do? )
We gonna stand up for our rights! (yeah, yeah, yeah!)

So you better,
Get up, stand up! (in the morning! git it up!)
Stand up for your rights! (stand up for our rights!)
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! (don't give it up, don't give it up!)
Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up!)
Stand up for your rights! (get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight! (get up, stand up!)
Get up, stand up!
Stand up for your rights!
Get up, stand up!
Don't give up the fight..
Get Up, Stand Up
02Hallelujah Time
Hear the children cryin',
But I know they cry not in vain.
Now the times are changin';
Love has come to bloom again.

Smelling the air when spring comes by raindrops,
Reminds us of youthful days.
But now it's not rain that water the cane crops,
But the sweat from man's brow;
The substance from our spine.
We gotta keep on living, living on borrowed time:
Hallelujah time!

Yes, you can hear the children singing: Hallelujah time!
As they go singing by and by: Hallelujah time!
Oh, "hallelujah" singing in the morning.
Hallelujah time! Let them sing; don't let them cry.

Over rocks and mountains,
The sheep are scattered all around.
Over hills and valleys,
They are everywhere to be found.
But though we bear our burdens now,
All afflictions got to end somehow:
From swinging the hammer, pulling the plough.

Why won't you let us be, to live in harmony?
We like to be free like birds in a tree.

Hallelujah time! Yes, you can hear the children singing.
Hallelujah time! Yes, as they go singing by and by.
Hallelujah time! Oh "hallelujah" singing in the morning.
Let them sing; never let them cry.
Hallelujah time! "Hallelujah" singin' in the morning.
Hallelujah Time
03I Shot The Sheriff
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.
Yeah! All around in my home town,
They're tryin' to track me down, yeah,
They say they want to bring me in guilty,
For the killing of a deputy,
For the life of a deputy.
But I say.

Oh, now, now. Oh!
(I shot the sheriff) - the sheriff.
(But I swear it was in selfdefence)
Oh, no! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!
I say: I shot the sheriff - Oh, Lord! -
(And they say it is a capital offence.)
Yeah! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!

Sheriff John Brown always hated me,
For what, I don't know.
Every time I plant a seed,
He said kill it, before it grow,
He said kill them before they grow.
And so.. and so.

Read it in the news,
(I shot the sheriff) Oh, Lord!
(But I swear it was in self-defence)
Where was the deputy? (oo-oo-oh)
I say, I shot the sheriff,
But I swear it was in selfdefence, (oo-oh) yeah!

Freedom came my way one day,
And I started out of town, yeah!
All of a sudden, I saw sheriff John Brown,
Aiming to shoot me down,
So I shot - I shot - I shot him down and I say.
If I am guilty I will pay.

(I shot the sheriff)
But I say (But I didn't shoot no deputy),
I didn't shoot no deputy (oh, no-oh), oh no!
(I shot the sheriff) I did!
But I didn't shoot no deputy, Oh! (oo-oo-ooh)

Reflexes had got the better of me,
And what is to be must be,
Every day the bucket a-go a well,
One day the bottom a-go drop out,
One day the bottom a-go drop out, I say.

I - I - I - I shot the sheriff,
Lord, I didn't shot the deputy, yeah.
I - I (shot the sheriff) -
But I didn't shoot no deputy, yeah! no, yeah!
I Shot The Sheriff
04Burnin' And Lootin'
This morning I woke up in a curfew;
O god, I was a prisoner, too - yeah!
Could not recognize the faces standing over me;
They were all dressed in uniforms of brutality, eh!

How many rivers do we have to cross,
Before we can talk to the boss? eh!
All that we got, it seems we have lost;
We must have really paid the cost.

(that's why we gonna be)
Burnin' and a-lootin' tonight;
(say we gonna burn and loot)
Burnin' and a-lootin' tonight;
(one more thing)
Burnin' all pollution tonight;
(oh, yeah, yeah)
Burnin' all illusion tonight.

Oh, stop them!

Give me the food and let me grow;
Let the roots man take a blow.
All them drugs gonna make you slow now;
Its not the music of the ghetto. eh!

Weeping and a-wailin' tonight;
(who can stop the tears?)
Weeping and a-wailin' tonight;
(we've been suffering these long, long-a years!)
Weeping and a-wailin' tonight
(will you say cheer?)
Weeping and a-wailin' tonight (but where?)

Give me the food and let me grow;
Let the roots man take a blow.
I must say: all them - all them drugs gonna make you slow;
Its not the music of the ghetto.

We gonna be burning and a-looting tonight;
(to survive, yeah!)
Burning and a-looting tonight;
(save your baby lives)
Burning all pollution tonight;
(pollution, yeah, yeah!)
Burning all illusion tonight
(Lord-a, Lord-a, Lord-a, Lord!)

Burning and a-looting tonight;
Burning and a-looting tonight;
Burning all pollution tonight.
Burnin' And Lootin'
05Put It OnPut It On
06Small AxeSmall Axe
07Pass It On
What your hands do,
It's your own eyes that've seen.
So won't you judge your actions
To make sure the results are clean?

It's your own conscience
That is gonna remind you
That it's your heart and nobody else's
That is gonna judge.

Be not selfish in your doings:
Pass it on. (Pass it on, children)
Help your brothers (help them) in their needs:
Pass it on.

Live for yourself and you will live in vain;
Live for others, you will live again.

In the kingdom of Jah,
Man shall reign.
Pass it on;
Pass it on;
Pass it on;
Pass it on.

What's in the darkness
Must be revealed to light.
We're not here to judge what's good from bad,
But to do the things that are right.

On a hot, sunny day,
Follow the shadows for rescue.
But as the day grows old,
I know the sun is gonna find you.

Be not selfish in your doings:
Pass it on.
Help your brothers in their needs:
Pass it on.

Live for yourself, you will live in vain;
Live for others, you will live again.

In the kingdom of Jah,
Man shall reign.
Pass it on;
Pass it on;
Pass it on;
Pass it on. (pass it on)
Pass It On
08Duppy ConquerorDuppy Conqueror
09One Foundation
Got to build our love on one foundation;
Got to build our love on one foundation;
Got to build our love on one foundation.

There will never be - yeah! - no love at all;
There will never be no love at all.

Got to put aside them segregation, yeah!
Got to put aside them organization;
Got to put aside them denomination.
There will - there will never be no love at all;
I mean there will never be no love at all.

(Got to build our love) So build our love
(on one foundation) On one foundation;
(Got to build our love) Come, let us build our love
(on one foundation) On one solid foundation.
(Got to build our love) Got to build our love
(on one) on one foundation (foundation),
Or there will never be a single drop of love;
you won't have no freedom now, yeah!

Got to come together
We are birds of a feather;
We got to come together
'Cause we are birds of a feather;
Got to come together
'Cause we are birds of a feather;
Or there will never be (Lord, have mercy!) no love at all -
There will never be - yeah, yeah! - no love at all.

We also got to realize we are one people, yeah!
Got to realize that we are one people, yeah!
We got to realize we are one people,
Or there will never be no love at all -
There will never, never, never be no love at all.

Got to build our love on one foundation;
Got to build our love on one foundation;
Got to build our love on one foundation;
Got to build our love on one foundation;
Got to build our love on one foundation..
One Foundation
10Rasta Man Chant
Hear the words of the Rastaman say:
"Babylon, you throne gone down, gone down;
Babylon, you throne gone down."

Said I hear the words of the Iyaman say:
"Babylon, you throne gone down, gone down;
Babylon, you throne gone down."

(..)

And I hear the angel with the seven seals say:
"Babylon throne gone down, gone down;
Babylon throne gone down."

(..)

I say fly away home to Zion (fly away home);
I say fly away home to Zion (fly away home).
One bright morning when my work is over,
Man will fly away home.

(..)

One bright morning when my work is over,
Man will fly away home.
One bright morning when my work is over,
Man will fly away home.
Say one bright morning when my work is over,
Man will fly away home.
Rasta Man Chant
11Reincarnated Souls
We are reincarnated souls from that time,
And we all living on earth,
Heat air and water in this time.

We are reincarnated souls from that time,
And we all living on earth,
Heat air and water in this time.

In the beginning was the Word,
And the Word manifested itself in the flesh.
Which ever become man,
All because of the divine plan.

Man being lower than the angels,
Over all earth was as he given dominion.
He devised his own destruction,
But the Word lives on and on.

(He who is weary) let him come hither
(He who has eves to see) let him look yonder)
(He who is thirsty) let him drink clear water
(drink water - drink water)

(..)

We are reincarnated souls from that time,
And we all living on earth,
Heat air and water in this time.

We are reincarnated souls from that time,
And we all living on earth,
Heat air and water in this time.

Nothing is new, under the sun,
All has been here, since time begun.
And with all the years we've spent,
Only changing names, protect the innocent.
Like a seed that is planted by the water,
There to die before new birth.
Changing its form to another,
Taking on a structure just as the first.

(He who is weary) let him come hither
(He who has eves to see) let him look yonder)
(He who is thirsty) let him drink clear water
(drink water - drink water)
 
12No Sympathy 
13The Oppressed Song
The man oppressed will seem to do the worst,
But with all he possesses, self preservation comes first.
His damnation comes, from a burning free,
As destruction of the poor is their poverty, is their poverty.

(..)

While oppression is the poor man's choice,
Ah, but in this he does rejoice.
His burdens though heavy, he somehow bears,
As for his seed, there's only one who cares,
There's only one who cares.

(..)

Though his pilgrimage extends, his progresses ascend,
But as the prudent one exalts, he is gonna find his faults.
But as the wise man sees, he knows, he knows,
There's no rest in the west, so to the east he goes, to the east he goes,
Where he can find peace of mind, oh.
 


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