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Bob Marley and the Wailer’s “Redemption Song,” which contained the lyrics “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds,” appeared on Uprising, the band’s 1980 album. Its lyrics spoke of a person taken into slavery who was fighting for physical and mental freedom from his oppressor.
The lyrics to the song were based off of a speech given by Jamaican civil rights activist Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia in 1937. The speech was published in The Black Man: A Monthly Magazine of Negro Thought and Opinion.
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Top 20 Political Songs: Redemption Song 1980 Bob Marley and the Wailers. (2010 March). New Statesman America. Retrieved from https://www.newstatesman.com/music/2010/03/bob-marley-redemption-song