Friday, October 21, 2011

A Little Inspiration from Bob

The other morning Bob Marley's song "War" came on our iPod and even though I know it by heart and have heard it probably 1,000 times - it still moves me.  The lyrics are almost, word for word, a speech by Ethiopian emperor Haile Selassie I made before the UN National Assembly in 1963.  I think the words are powerful, incredible, and ring so very true today.  Read them first, then listen to my man Bob sing it.  Amazing.

Until the philosophy which hold one race superior
And another Inferior
Is finally
And permanently
And abandoned 
-Everywhere is war -
Me say war.
That until there no longer
First class and second class citizens of any nation
Until the color of a man's skin
Is of no more significance than the color of his eyes 
-Me say war.
That until the basic human rights
Are equally guaranteed to all,
Without regard to race 
-Dis a war.
That until that day
The dream of lasting peace,
World citizenship
Rule of international morality
Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued,
But never attained 
-Now everywhere is war - war.
And until the ignoble and unhappy regimes
that hold our brothers in Angola,In Mozambique,South Africa
Sub-human bondage
Have been toppled,Utterly destroyed 
-Well, everywhere is war -Me say war.
War in the east,War in the west,War up north,War down south 
-War - War -
Rumors of war.
And until that day,The African continent
Will not know peace,
We Africans will fight - we find it necessary -And we know we shall win
As we are confidentIn the victory
Of good over evil 
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil 
Good over evil, yeah!
Good over evil 
Good over evil, yeah!

Listen to Bob sing it here.  God, what I would have done to be able to see this man live. LOVE.

Brittany & Scott

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