I’ve decided it might be fun to take part in the WordPress.com Daily Prompts from time to time. The editors provide one line or word and invite WordPress bloggers to take part in the challenge. Today I accepted and below is my response to the invitation.
Today’s Daily Prompt – Opening Lines is this:
“Opening Lines – What’s the first line of the last song you listened to (on the radio, on your music player, or anywhere else)? Use it as the first sentence of your post.”
“Ole Pirates they did rob I…”
This is the opening line of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Redemption Song is one of Bob’s last songs, and is quite a departure from the normal reggae melodies that created his most known works of music.
“Redemption Song has become one of my favorites. Perhaps it is the purity of Bob’s voice along with the acoustic guitar accompaniment. Most likely it is the timeless character of the words, many of them still so applicable to this day and time with all its horror and strife around the world.
I think my favorite line, and the favorite of so many is this one:
“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our MINDS…”
Here is a version of the song from a concert in Dortmund Germany. There are a few instruments added in, but they don’t take away from the song.
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The History of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song