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Rastaman Vibration

Album Title: Rastaman Vibration


Album Year: 1976


Rastaman Vibration

Upon completing the tour, Marley and his band returned to Jamaica, laying down the tracks for Rastaman Vibration (1976) at legendary studios run by Harry Johnson and Joe Gibbs. At the mixing board for the sessions were Sylvan Morris and Errol Thompson, Jamaican engineers of the highest caliber.

Album Tracks

01Positive Vibration
Live if you want to live
Rastaman vibration, yeah! positive!
Thats what we got to give!
I and I vibration yeah! positive
Got to have a good vibe!
Iyaman Iration, yeah! irie ites!
Wo-wo-ooh!
positive vibration, yeah! positive!

If you get down and you quarrel every day,
You're saying prayers to the devils, I say. wo-oh-ooh!
Why not help one another on the way?
Make it much easier.
just a little bit easier

Say you just can't live that negative way,
If you know what I mean;
Make way for the positive day,
cause its news (new day) - news and days -
New time (new time), and if its a new feelin (new feelin), yeah!
Said its a new sign (new sign):
Oh, what a new day!

Pickin' up?
Are you pickin' up now?
Jah love Jah love protect us
Jah love Jah love protect us
Jah love Jah love protect us.

Rastaman vibration, yeah! positive!
Iand I vibration, yeah! positive! uh-huh-huh, a yeah!
Iyaman Iration, yeah! irie ites! wo-oo-oh!
positive vibration, yeah! positive!

Pickin' up?
Are you pickin'up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin'up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin'up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin'up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin'up now?
Pickin' up?
Are you pickin'up now?
Positive Vibration
02Roots, Rock, Reggae
Play I some music, this a reggae music
Play I some music, this a reggae music
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music

Hey mister music, sure sounds good to me
I can't refuse it, what to be got to be
Feel like dancing, dance cause we are free
Feel like dancing, come dance with me
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music
Play I some music, this a reggae music
Play I some music, this a reggae music

Play I on the R&B, want all my people to see
We bubbling on the top 100, just like a mighty dread
Play I on the R&B, want all my people to see
We bubbling on the top 100, just like a mighty dread

Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music
Roots rock reggae, this a reggae music
Play I some music, this a reggae music
Play I some music, this a reggae music
Roots, Rock, Reggae
03Johnny Was
(Wo-o-o-o! Wo-o-o-o! Wooo!)
Woman hold her head and cry,
'Cause her son had been shot down in the street and died
From a stray bullet.

Woman hold her head and cry;
Explaining to her was a passerby
Who saw the woman cry (cry)
Wondering how can she work it out,
Now she knows that the wages of sin is death, yeah!
Gift of Jah is life. (life)
She cried: Ah-um, I - I know!
"Johnny was a good man," I - I know! (never did a thing wrong)
"Johnny was a good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good,
Good, good, good man", (Johnny was good man)
She cried - she crie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ie-ied!

Wo-ooh! Woman hold her head and cry,
As her son had been shot down in the street and died
Just because of the system. (system)

Woman hold her head and cry;
Comforting her I was passing by.
She complained, then she cry:
Oh-ooh-wo-ah, cry (ah-ah), yeah, I know now (ah-ah),
no I know, I know now: (Johnny was a good man)
Said I know, mm-mm-mm-mm-mm. (Never did a thing wrong)
Ah! Ah! (Johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care, she cried, (Never did a thing wrong)
Cease towards the child she bear? (Johnny was a good man)
Wo-ho-ho-ooh! Woman cry, woman - (Never did a thing wrong)
She cried, wo-oh! She cried, yeah! (Johnny was a good man)
Can a woman tender care
Cease towards the child she bear? (Never did a thing wrong)
Wo-now, cry! (Johnny was a good man)
Johnny Was
04Cry To Me
(ooh-ooh, hoo-hoo-hoo! ooh-ooh hoo-hoo!)
Cry to me, now;
You gonna cry to me, yeah!
You're gonna walk back through the heartaches;
You're gonna walk back through the pain;
(shed those) shed those lonely teardrops:
The reaction of your cheating game.

You got to cry to me, now!
You're gonna cry - cry - cry to me, yeah! yeah!
Lord knows how I get from the heartaches;
Lord that leadeth me, yeah!
And now I'm by the still water.
You've got to cry to me, yea-ea-eah!
You gonna cry to me now;
You've got to cry - cry - cry to me, yeah!
You're gonna spend those lonely hours.
You're gonna she'd those lonely tears;
(walk back) walk back through the heartaches;
(walk back) walk back through the pain;
(she'd those) she'd those lonely teardrops:
The reaction of your cheating game.

You're gonna to cry to me, now!
You got to cry - cry - cry to me, yeah!
Saying, (don't know) don't know - know how I get from the heartaches;
(Lord that) Lord that leadeth me, yeah-eah-eah!
(she'd those lonely teardrops) now I'm by the still water;
(the reaction of your cheating game) gonna cry to me now, hey!
(cry) cry
(cry) cry
Cry To Me
05Want More
Now you get what you want,
Do you want more? (want more)
Now you get what you want,
Do you want more? (want more)

You think it's the end,
But it's just the beginning.
You think it's the end,
But it's just the beginning.
Go down back-biter, down back-bite; down back-biter, down back-bite!
Down back-biter, down back-biter; down back-biter, down back-bite!

They stab you in the back
And they claim that you're not looking.
But Jah have them in derision
In the valley of decision.
They stab you in the back
And they claim that you're not looking.
But Jah have them in derision
In the valley of decision -
In the valley of decision.
Go down back-biter, down back-bite, down back-biter, down back-bite!

Now you get, what you want,
Do you want more?
Now you get, what you want,
Do you want more?
Now you get, what you want,
Do you want more?
You think it's the end:
Do you want more?

Go down back-biter, down back-bite, down back-biter, down back-bite!
Go down back-biter, down back-bite, down back-biter, down back-bite!

They stab you in the back
And they claim that you're not looking.
But Jah have them in derision
In the valley of decision.
Now: what you want?
Want more? Want more?
Now: what you get?
Want more? Want more?
Now - Now: do you want more?
You think it's the end: (think it's the end)
Do you want more? (want more) (you think it's the end)

(Now: what you want?
Want more? Want more?
Now: what you get?
Want more? Want more?)
Want More
06Crazy Baldhead
Them crazy, them crazy
We gonna chase those crazy
Baldheads out of town;
Chase those crazy baldheads
Out of our town.

I and I build a cabin;
I and I plant the corn;
Didn't my people before me
Slave for this country?
Now you look me with that scorn,
Then you eat up all my corn.

We gonna chase those crazy
Chase them crazy
Chase those crazy baldheads out of town!

Build your penitentiary, we build your schools,
Brainwash education to make us the fools.
Hate is your reward for our love,
Telling us of your God above.

We gonna chase those crazy
Chase those crazy bunkheads
Chase those crazy baldheads out of the town!

We gonna chase those crazy
Chase those crazy bunkheads
Chase those crazy baldheads out of the town!

Here comes the conman
Coming with his con plan.
We won't take no bribe;
We've got [to] stay alive.

We gonna chase those crazy
Chase those crazy baldheads
Chase those crazy baldheads out of the town.
Crazy Baldhead
07Who The Cap Fit
Man to man is so unjust, children
Ya don't know who to trust.
Your worst enemy could be your best friend,
And your best friend your worst enemy.

Some will eat and drink with you,
Then behind them su-su 'pon you.
Only your friend know your secrets,
So only he could reveal it.
And who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Said ah throw meh corn, me no call no fowl;
Ah saying, "Cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk."

Some will hate you, pretend they love you now,
Then behind they try to eliminate you.
But who Jah bless, no one curse;
Thank God, we're past the worst.
Hypocrites and parasites
Will come up and take a bite.
And if your night should turn to day,
Ah lot of people would run away.
And who the cap fit let them wear it!
Who the (cap fit) let them (wear it)!

And then ah-gonna throw me corn,
And then ah-gonna call no fowl,
And then ah-gonna "Cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk."

Some will eat and drink with you,
Then behind them su-su 'pon you, yeah!
And if night should turn to day, now,
Ah lot of people would run away, yeah!
And who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Who the cap fit, let them wear it!
Throw me corn, me no call no fowl;
Ah-saying: "Cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk."
... : "Cook-cook-cook, cluk-cluk-cluk."
Throw meh corn (cook-cook-cook);
Me call no fowl (cluk-cluk-cluk)
Who The Cap Fit
08Night Shift
The sun shall not smite I by day,
Nor the moon by night;
And everything that I do
Shall be upfull and right.
And if it's all night,
It got to be all right!
If it's all night,
Got to be all right!

Your mamma won't lose this one;
You're the lucky one under the sun.
If you make me move,
Then you know you got the groove:
All night, it's all right!
All night, yeah! It's all right!

Working on a forklift
In the night shift;
Working on a night shift,
With the forklift,
from A.M. (Did you say that? Why did you say that?)
to P.M. (Working all night!)
Working on a night shift, yeah!
(Did you say that? Why did you say that? Upfull and right!)
Well, if it's (all night!) - if it's (all right!)
all night (all night!)

Warehouse (all right!),
You're empty, yeah!
Go around the corner,
Bring your goods!
Go around the other corner,
Bring your suitcases. (All night!)
By the sweat of my brow, (All right!)
Eat your bread! (All night!)
By the sweat of my brow, (All right!)
Eat your bread!

All night (all night)! All right (all right)!
All night (all night)! All right (all right)!
Oh, yeah! (moon by night)
Why did you say that? Oh, yeah! (Upfull and right!)
Working on a night shift
With the forklift. (Moon by night!)
Working on the night shift,
Oh, yeah! (Upfull and right!)
Night Shift
09War
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 theres 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 pursued,
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, yeah!
Good over evil.
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil.
Good over evil, yeah!
War
10Rat Race
Uh! Ya too rude!
Uh! Eh! OH What a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
This is the rat race! Rat race! (Rat race!)

Some a lawful, some a bastard, some a jacket:
Oh, what a rat race, yeah! Rat race!

Some a gorgon-a, some a hooligan-a, some a guine-gog-a
In this 'ere rat race, yeah!
Rat race!
I'm singin' that
When the cat's away,
The mice will play.
Political voilence fill ya city, ye-ah!
Don't involve Rasta in your say say;
Rasta don't work for no C.I.A.
Rat race, rat race, rat race! Rat race, I'm sayin':
When you think is peace and safety:
A sudden destruction.
Collective security for surety, ye-ah!

Don't forget your history;
Know your destiny:
In the abundance of water,
The fool is thirsty.
Rat race, rat race, rat race!

Rat race!
Oh, it's a disgrace
To see the human-race
In a rat race, rat race!
You got the horse race;
You got the dog race;
You got the human-race;
But this is a rat race, rat race!
Rat Race
11Jah Live 


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