chant down babylon

Chris over at the Virtual Stoa has both a true anecdote and a splendid picture of Bob Marley in honour of the man’s 60th birthday.

The Bob Marley Foundation doesn’t burn the torch quite as brightly as it ought- and I believe Rita Marley has almost all the blame to shoulder. Today, they’re holding a concert in Addis Ababa. Among the high flying sponsors you’ll find those ganja kings of economic policy, the World Bank. Looks like Rita drew a bad card:

You a-go tired fe see me face;

Can’t get me out of the race.

Oh, man, you said I’m in your place

And then you draw bad cyard –

A-make you draw bad cyard,

And then you draw bad cyard.

Propaganda spreading over my name;

Say you wanna bring another life to shame.

Oh, man, you just a-playing a game

And then you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);

A-make you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);

A-make you draw bad cyard.

I want to disturb my neighbour,

‘Cause I’m feelin’ so right;

I want to turn up my disco,

Blow them to full watts tonight, eh! –

In a rub-a-dub style, in a rub-a-dub style,

In a rub-a-dub style, in a rub-a-dub style.

‘Cause we guarding the palace so majestic;

Guarding the palace so realistic!

Them a-go tired to see we face (oh yeah!),

Me say them can’t get we out of the race;

Oh, man, it’s just a big disgrace.

The way you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);

The way you make wrong moves (make wrong moves);

The way you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);

A-make you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);

A-make you draw bad cyard –

In a rub-a-dub style, rub-a-dub style…