"The Harder They Come" as written by and Jimmy Cliff....
Well they tell me of a pie up in the sky
Waiting for me when I die
But between the day you're born and when you die
They never seem to hear even your cry

So as sure as the sun will shine
I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine
And then the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all
Ooh the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all

Well the oppressors are trying to keep me down
Trying to drive me underground
And they think that they have got the battle won
I say forgive them Lord
They know not what they've done

So as sure as the sun will shine
I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine
And then the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all
Ooh the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all

Ooh yeah oh yeah woah yeah ooooh

And I keep on fighting for the things I want
Though I know that when you're dead you can't
But I'd rather be a free man in my grave
Than living as a puppet or a slave

So as sure as the sun will shine
I'm gonna get my share now of what's mine
And then the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all
Ooh the harder they come
The harder they'll fall, one and all

Yeah, the harder they come,
The harder they'll fall one and all


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"The Harder They Come" as written by Jimmy Cliff

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    General CommentThis song if from the film The Harder They Come (1972); I guess you would call a cult classic, if you could even label it. A brilliant song spawned from quite an interesting film.

    Definitely about striking back against oppression, no doubt.
    thecoldparton May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song means to to me a person who takes no shit, someone who is willing to fight for what is they and wont let people get in they way.
    The lyric i like the most is: But id rather be a free man in my grave than living as a puppet or a slave
    Ithink that says it all how life should be viewed
    Grandmasterwodyon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentrancid covered this at the free tibet concert and it fuckin rocked...what it means to me, is that freedom is better than slavery at any cost and everyone should be treated fairly..sumthin like that. peace
    midtowner86on March 05, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyah i agree wirth both of you. i think it also means that when they are trying to be free, if they try really hard and dont make it, then the fall is harder
    Do You Know Fat Maxon March 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah for sure, this song is about standing up to oppression no matter how small or insignificant you may feel, because the oppressors are bound to fall. the original by Jimmy Cliff is great, but Long Beach Dub Allstars featuring Joe Strummer and Tippa Irie do an absolutely perfect cover on "Free the West Memphis 3".
    BlackLungFeveron April 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I'd rather be a free man in my grave, than to be a puppet or a slave"
    very powerful song
    Steppingrazoron December 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd they think that they have got the battle won
    I say forgive them Lord
    They know not what they've done
    swindt412on January 02, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General CommentLet us remeber that this song strongly rebels against religion. Do not live for an afterlife but fight for it now, through preists corporations cops, all those that hinder humanity
    thomas3457on February 27, 2007   Link

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