"Buffalo Soldier" as written by Noel George Williams and Bob Marley....
Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock Rasta
There was a Buffalo Soldier
In the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

I mean it, when I analyze these things
To me, it makes a lot of sense
How the dreadlock Rasta was the Buffalo Soldier
And he was taken from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock Rasta
Buffalo Soldier, in the heart of America

If you know your history
Then you would know where you coming from
Then you wouldn't have to ask me
Who the heck do I think I am

I'm just a Buffalo Soldier
In the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Said he was fighting on arrival
Fighting for survival
Said he was a Buffalo Soldier
Win the war for America

Said he was a, woe yoy yoy, woe woe yoy yoy
Woe yoy yoy yo, yo yo woy yo, woe yoy yoy

Woe yoe yoe, woe woe yoe yoe
Woe yoe yoe yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoe

Buffalo Soldier, troddin' through the land woo ooh
Said he wanna ran, then you wanna hand
Troddin' through the land, yea, yea

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier
Win the war for America
Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock Rasta
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Driven from the mainland
To the heart of the Caribbean

Singing, woe yoy yoy, woe woe yoy yoy
Woe yoy yoy yo, yo yo woy yo woy yo yoy

Woy yoy yoy, woy woy yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yo, yo yo woe yo woe yo yoy

Troddin' through San Juan
In the arms of America
Troddin' through Jamaica, a Buffalo Soldier
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock Rasta

Woe yoy yoy, woy woy yoy yoy
Woe yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy woy yoy woy yoy yoy


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"Buffalo Soldier" as written by Noel Williams Bob Marley

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    General Commentdude...this is SOOOOOOO the best Bob Marley song...my grandma even listens to him..its the only thing we agree on
    emogoddesson May 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCo-written by Bob Marley and N.G. Williams, aka King Sporty. The song recounted the true story of four post-Civil War regiments of the U.S. Army - the 9th and 10th Cavalry and the 24th and 25th Infantry. These units were composed of black privates under the command of white brass, who fought for a quarter century against the Cheyenne, Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, Ute and Sioux. In the end, fourteen key black campaigners, whom the Indians had dubbed "buffalo soldiers," were awarded the Medal of Honor as part of a public relations move to justify and glorify the genocide of Native Americans, underlining the U.S. government's policy of manifest destiny. Such were the ploys that, then as now, comprised the politics of neutralization.
    trphgon June 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think you're missing a part of the song
    Emanual200on June 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought Bob was saying "Dreadlock Rasta" not "Rock Star." Am I crazy or are these lyrics correct? Hmm... Peace
    Rogue1on July 06, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti believe he is saying dreadlock rasta. makes it better that way anyhow, i hate it when u hear a song and for ages u think its saying something its not. like this for instance. but i do think its "dreadlock rasts". :).
    peace all :)
    The_Pretenderon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdreadlock rasta :) .....
    The_Pretenderon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentamen for bob marley, without all of his song a message of peace wouldnot reach our people and the people of the world, i dont think that it is important weather he really said dreadlock rasta or rockstar the only thing that is important is that you get the message he tried to send all of us and that you recieve the message with open minds.........

    peace
    vwbus1on August 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdreadlock rasta im positive
    ninpunk420on September 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I thought it was about a hunter from africa who was enslaved and brought to america where he basically had to suffer through injustice and while he was a great warrior back home he was nothing but a slave here. But of course like many of Marley's songs there is never one right answer.
    daeldrenon March 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMarley was more then just a a great musician. To the Rastafarian ppl, he was a political figure. One of the main aims of the Rastafarian people is to remind the blacks in America of the shackles that held them down for so many years. "If you know your history, then you would know where your comming from" Marley is trying to remind ppl how important it is to not forget your roots. To the Rasta's Ethiopia is considered the "holy land" The Rastafarian culture is a very young and interesting religion that originated in the 1930's. Most of Marleys songs reflect some of his beliefs and if you learn about the the Rastafarian culture and way of life, the meanings of Marleys songs will become much more clear and powerful.
    Revelstokeon April 10, 2003   Link

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