"He wanted everything at the same time and was everything at the same time: prophet, soul rebel, Rastaman, herbsman, wild man, natural mystic man, ladies man, island man, family man, Rita's man, soccer man, showman, shaman, human, Jamaican!"
into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1994
Imagine. If Bob Marley were alive still, he would be celebrating his 59th birthday today. How time flies while we are not having fun. How could we? We live in a world drowning in the Babylonian shitstem Marley decried in song.
So much trouble in the world now
So much trouble in the world now ...
You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their space ship
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me
Thank Jah we still have his music to inspire us and keep us standing up against the evil and greed of the downpressors...
Forget your troubles and dance.
Forget your sorrow and dance.
Forget your sickness and dance.
Forget your weakness and dance.
Cost of living get so high,
Rich and poor, they start a cry.
Now the weak must get strong.
They say, "Oh, what a tribulation."
Woe to the downpressors; they eat the bread of sorrow
Woe to the downpressorsl they eat the bread of sad tomorrow...
Twenty-three years after Marley went home to Zion, he still is heralded by many as a voice for the sufferers, for the poor, for those maligned by the majority. As the Jamaica Observer notes, even Babylon has embraced the Tuff Gong — to an extent:
Marley used his music to spread his message of social development and religion. He ended up being respected as a musical prophet and 23 years after his death he remains an icon of rebellion.