"Straight From The Jacket" as written by and Edwin Hawkins Bob Marley....
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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"Straight From the Jacket" as written by Bob Marley

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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who is not accepted by his parents and who is so depressed that he is about to kill himself. Sad, really sad but this song rox
    Quakenulon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, horrible topic...
    Duffmanon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song confronts the topic of suicide. It reminds me of "Adams Song"
    Invincibleon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit sounds like a guy whos dad skipped out when he was young and his stepfatehr emotionally abuses him...
    "You didn't mean much to me I didn't plant the seed
    I'm not your father cause you didn't turn out right"

    incredibly sad topic, but awesome song
    uncgurlon May 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJust because it's a sad topic doesn't mean it's bad. It's better to tackle a sad topic.
    EZ3on June 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about a shit head kid who's a sacker/drug addict/waste. Maybe the dad is right. No evry parent is wrong. Face it, some kids just suck
    phallingdownon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree that the very sad topic makes the song abit more depressive. It's very emotional and gives me a feeling of a depressive kid who tries to kill himself, or probably his parents will.
    antikriston July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is very cool because its raw...you dont find many songs that are like that....that just tell it like it is....
    gcroxon August 21, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is not about suicide like some said. For one thing, it is written in the stepfathers point of view. In my opinion, it is the stepfather talking to his stepson, telling him that he is abandoning him and that he doesnt care about him. The kid "did not turn out right," so the father is tired of "working his fingers to the bone" for this kid that doesnt care. The father is dening that he is the kids father simply because he did not turn out how the father wanted him to. This situation of abandonment has become too comonin today society, and the lyrics really paint a realistic depiction of how this abandonment can be viewed. It is a sad song, but5 it is even more sad that kids actually have to go through this. The metaphor of "looking daown the barrel of a loaded gun" paints the picture of extreme fright in the kid, and a sense of hopelessness.
    fez5on September 14, 2002   Link
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    General Comment...great song though
    asthesunsetsxxon May 31, 2004   Link

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