"Get Up, Stand Up" by The Wailers Made Its Live Debut in 1973

As Americans find themselves in the midst of another Civil Rights Movement, we've been given the important task to push for a world where Black Lives Matter. Many are just now learning that this can only be done by being anti-racist, and to do that, there's a lot of dismantling that needs to happen, because the current system our country runs on is that of the oppressor.
In 1973, the great Bob Marley wrote a song that fuels fire into every human rights movement we embark on to this day, and continue to find inspiration in for the BLM movement. "Get Up, Stand Up" was inspired by The Wailers tour in Haiti, where he was deeply moved by the poverty and lives of the Haitians. It was also inspired by his upbringing in Jamaica. Most importantly though, the song tells a message of standing up against oppression.
We sick an' tired of-a 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
According to our setlist.fm archives, The Wailers first performed "Get Up, Stand Up" on May 24th, 1973 at BBC's Paris Theatre in London on their Catch a Fire Tour. It was their second to last song on the 10-song setlist that featured other tracks like "Slave Driver," "Stir It Up," and show closer "Kinky Reggae."
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The entire show was recorded and released on album. Watch them perform the song just a few days after the live debut:

"Get Up, Stand Up" was the last song Marley performed in 1980 before he passed away a year later.
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Last updated: 9 Jul 2020, 17:58 Etc/UTC