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“Get up, Stand up, Stand up for your rights” and “We Can Make It Work”

November 13, 2012

Jamaican English, people! I’m just watching a documentary called “Marley” (2012), and here is my song of the week! (Not that I like reggae much, because of its resemblance with ska, but this documentary is interesting, on Bob Marley’s life, with tons of Jamaican English to educate your ear, and well, non-reggae musical people can always listen trying to see the soul and funky in it!) I’ll post the lyrics in a comment. Nightie night!

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  1. GET UP STAND UP

    Songwriters: MARLEY, BOB / TOSH, PETER

    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
    Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!

    Preacher man, don’t tell me,
    Heaven is under the earth.
    I know you don’t know
    What life is really worth.
    It’s not all that glitters is gold;
    ‘Alf the story has never been told:
    So now you see the light, eh!
    Stand up for your rights. come on!

    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
    Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!
    Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!
    Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!

    Most people think,
    Great god will come from the skies,
    Take away everything
    And make everybody feel high.
    But if you know what life is worth,
    You will look for yours on earth:
    And now you see the light,
    You stand up for your rights. jah!

    Get up, stand up! (jah, jah! )
    Stand up for your rights! (oh-hoo! )
    Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up! )
    Don’t give up the fight! (life is your right! )
    Get up, stand up! (so we can’t give up the fight! )
    Stand up for your rights! (lord, lord! )
    Get up, stand up! (keep on struggling on! )
    Don’t give up the fight! (yeah! )

    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! (yeah, yeah, yeah! )

    So you better:
    Get up, stand up! (in the morning! git it up! )
    Stand up for your rights! (stand up for our rights! )
    Get up, stand up!
    Don’t give up the fight! (don’t give it up, don’t give it up! )
    Get up, stand up! (get up, stand up! )
    Stand up for your rights! (get up, stand up! )
    Get up, stand up! (… )
    Don’t give up the fight! (get up, stand up! )
    Get up, stand up! (… )
    Stand up for your rights!
    Get up, stand up!
    Don’t give up the fight! /fadeout/


  2. We Can Make It Work!


  3. Lyrics of “We Can Make It Work”

    We, Jah people, can make it work;
    Come together and make it work, yeah!
    We can make it work;
    We can make it work.

    Five days to go: working for the next day;
    Four days to go: working for the next day;
    Say we got: three days to go now:
    working for the next day;
    Two days to go (ooh): working
    for the next day, yeah.
    Say we got: one day to go: working for the –
    Every day is work – work – work – work!

    We can make it work;
    We can make it work.

    Short guitar break

    Find more similar lyrics on http://mp3lyrics.com/wK6
    We, Jah people, can make it work;
    Come together and make it work.
    We can make it work;
    We can make it work.

    We got: five days to go work, oh! –
    working for the next day, eh!
    Four days to go: working for the –
    Three days to go now: working
    for the next day, yes!
    Two days to go: working for the next day
    Say we got: one day to go now: working for –
    Every day is work, wotcha-wa!
    (Work!) I work in the mid-day sun;
    (Work!) I work till the evening come!
    (Work!) If ya ain’t got nothing to do!
    (Work!) Ooh-ooh-ooh-oo-oo-ooh!
    (Work!) fadeout



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