Get Up, Stand Up: by Bob MarleyBob Marleys music has inspired millions of listeners around the world with messages of peace, love, and truth. This third picture book adaptation of one of his beloved songs has a timely message for children: To counter injustice, lift others up with kindness and courage. As a young girl goes on with her day in school, she comes across several instances of teasing and intimidation. But with loving action and some help from her friends, shes able to make things right for herself and others. With exuberant pictures by John Jay Cabuay accompanying Marleys iconic lyrics, Get Up, Stand Up is a vibrant testament to the power we all have to make a difference.
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The book, aimed at children between the ages of six and eight, shows scenarios where children bully, tease and exclude their peers on the school bus and playground, only to eventually learn how to be friends and play together. I hope that it inspires them to do the right thing, no matter how hard that might sometimes be. Marley was inspired by lessons she learned from her own parents as well as her own experiences as a mom. We, as parents, have to do more. We need to be constant advocates of empathy and compassion—and, to lead by example for standing up for what is right.
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It originally appeared on The Wailers ' album Burnin'. It was later included on the compilations Legend and Rebel Music , as well as live recordings such as Live at the Roxy among others. Marley wrote the song while touring Haiti, deeply moved by its poverty and the lives of Haitians, according to his then-girlfriend Esther Anderson. On his DVD Live at the Hollywood Bowl , artist Ben Harper relates a childhood experience in which, during a Bob Marley concert at the Starlight Amphitheater, Peter Tosh showed up unannounced as this song was being performed, took the microphone from Marley and started singing the last verse of the song to thunderous applause. Tosh was on tour opening for the Rolling Stones at the time. The song was re-recorded and re-released by the three major Wailers on their own solo releases, each with varying arrangements and approaches to the third verse, which claims that "Almighty God is a living man".
I want people to live big and have enough. By then the Wailers had been performing the song for a couple of years. While passing through San Francisco in , the band cut a version at the Record Plant and the song ended up in heavy rotation on KSAN, a trendsetting FM radio station whose enthusiasm for Wailers music contributed toward the band making an impression beyond the Bay Area. Tosh, Marley and Wailer all remained in solidarity as hardcore advocates of the reggae music vision, with an eye on achieving states of higher consciousness. In Bunny Wailer also cut the song with Tosh sitting in for his solo album, Protest.
This week, I came back from a wonderful vacation in Jamaica. Yeah, mon! Every word that follows that is not bold is a song lyric, and every word that is bold is my commentary on the preceding song lyrics. Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights! The singer does not want to hear some doctrine about Heaven being somewhere other than Earth.