"Redemption Song" as written by and Edwin R./marley Hawkins....
Old pirates yes they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom
All I ever had, is songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever had, redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever had, redemption songs
Redemption songs, redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets
While we stand aside and look
Yes some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom
'Cause all I ever had, redemption songs
All I ever had, redemption songs
These songs of freedom, songs of freedom


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"Redemption Song" as written by Edwin R. Hawkins Edwin Hawkins

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    General Commentarg i didnt even know this is a Bob Marley Cover :(
    desensitizedon July 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWHATS MORE TO SAY, ITS A BOB MARLEY COVER!!!! One of the best covers song s ever. It has a great message of breaking away from"mental slavery"and "freeing our minds." The killing of our prophets refers to the wars and the killings of mercenaries or bringers-of-peace, and he says this must be done however to fulfill the bible. He is saying this as a criticism of what some people actually believe, that these wars and killings must be done to fulfill the bible. Pretty stupid. In times of war or struggle, these "songs of Freedom" may be all one has to hold ont to, and to dream of peace and freedom. Bob Marley rules, and so does NUFAn for doing this cover

    fez5on September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnufan rocks this shit! they re killer i almost freakin cried when i heard this song off of live in a dive. song and cd kicked ass. snoogens
    shryan135on April 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNo kiddin about the pretty badass cover. I had this song on repeat for quite some time. Then i ran out and learned how to play it on the guitar......and im a drummer. Lyrics are pretty straight forward. NUFAN made a pretty brilliant decision covering this for the live album.
    thirdnobletruthon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about when white people were taking black people to america for them to be slaves.
    bob3lbon March 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a badass cover. This is the song that got me tuned into these guys. One nitpick: the lyric is "We fought in this generation triumphantly". Just like Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder and a million others did, he turns the word "fought" into a two-syllable word.
    Elbiedooon May 24, 2007   Link

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