500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Bob Marley and the Wailers, 'Get Up, Stand Up'

Writers: Bob Marley, Peter Tosh
Producer: Chris Blackwell
Released: Nov. '75, Island
Did not chart

The song’s chorus ("Stand up for your right . . ./Don’t give up the fight") sounds like a political anthem, which is how Amnesty International still employs it at rallies. But the lyrics are actually rooted in Rastafarian theology, about not being pacified by promises of the afterlife. The Wailers, of course, were far from placated, especially Tosh, who sings the fire-breathing final verse.

Appears on: Legend (Island)

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