Rebel Music – Song and Lyrics by Africa Unite

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Written by: Aston Barrett, Hugh Peart

Duration: 4:18

Discover the poetic beauty in ‘Rebel Music’ by Africa Unite. This lyric breakdown takes you on a journey through the artist’s thoughts, emotions, and the story they aim to tell. From clever metaphors to evocative imagery, we delve into the nuances that make this song a lyrical masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of Africa Unite or a lover of well-crafted words, our detailed analysis will give you a deeper understanding and appreciation of this song.

(by Bob Marley)

(Do do do do-do do do!
Do do do do-do do do!
I rebel music;
I rebel music.)
Why can’t we roam (oh-oh-oh-oh) this open country? (open country)
Oh, why can’t we be what we wanna be? (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
We want to be free. (wanna be free)

3 o’clock roadblock – curfew,
And I’ve got to throw away –
Yes, I’ve got to throw away –
A yes-a, but I’ve got to throw away
My little herb stalk!

I (rebel music) – yeah, I’m tellin’ you! –
(I) I rebel music (rebel music). Oh-ooh!

Take my soul (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
And suss – and suss me out (suss me out). Oh-ooh!
Check my life (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh),
If I am in doubt (I’m in doubt); I’m tellin’:
3 o’clock roadblock – roadblock – roadblock,
And “Hey, Mr. Cop! Ain’t got no – (hey) hey! (hey, Mr Cop) –
(What ya sayin’ down there?) – (hey) hey! (hey, Mr Cop) –
Ain’t got no birth certificate on me now.”

— Instrumental break —

(I rebel music)
(I rebel music)
(oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
(open country)
(oh-oh-oh)

(Do do do!)
I (rebel music) – yeah, I’m tellin’ you! –
(I) I rebel music (rebel music).

Oh-ooh! Take my soul (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh)
And suss – and suss me out (suss me out). Oh-ooh!
Check my life (oh-oh-oh-oh-oh),
If I am in doubt (I’m in doubt); I’m tellin’:
3 o’clock roadblock – roadblock – roadblock,
And “Hey, Mr. Cop! Ain’t got no – (hey) hey! (hey, Mr Cop) –
(What ya sayin’ down there?) – (hey) hey! (hey, Mr Cop) –
Ain’t got no birth certificate on me now.”