400 years (400 years, 400 years. Wo-o-o-o)
And it's the same -
The same (wo-o-o-o) philosophy
I've said it's four hundred years;
(400 years, 400 years. Wo-o-o-o, wo-o-o-o)
Look, how long (wo-o-o-o)
And the people they (wo-o-o-o) still can't see.
Why do they fight against the poor youth of today?
And without these youths, they would be gone -
All gone astray

Come on, let's make a move:
(make a move, make a move. Wo-o-o-o, wo-o-o-o)
I can (wo-o-o-o) see time (wo-o-o-o) - time has come,
And if-a fools don't see
(fools don't see, fools don't see. Wo-o-o-o)
I can't save the youth:
The youth (wo-o-o-o) is gonna be strong.
So, won't you come with me;
I'll take you to a land of liberty
Where we can live - live a good, good life
And be free.

Look how long: 400 years, (400 years, 400 years) -
Way too long! (wo-o-o-o)
That's the reason my people (wo-o-o-o) - my people can't see.
Said, it's four hundred long years - (400 years, 400 years. Wo-o-o-o)
Give me patience (wo-o-o-o) - same philosophy.

It's been 400 years, (400 years, 400 years)
Wait so long! Wo-o-o-o, wo-o-o-o.
How long? 400 long, long years. /fadeout/

Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"400 Years" as written by Peter Tosh

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song refers a time slavery both physical (17th to 19th century) and mental (20th century). Also refers to the time Israel spent in captivity in Babylon.
    anthonyhon October 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeter Tosh wrote and sang this song.
    stretchon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPeter Broggs also does this song.....its great
    Soukinion May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was an Anti-Babylonian song

    Against the system of babylon
    BobMarleyfan90on June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentby BobMarleyfan90 on 06-15-2006 @ 08:13:04 PM
    It was an Anti-Babylonian song

    Against the system of babylon

    are you seriiiuosly a dumb ass, against the SYSTEM of babylon not the people of babylon, seeing that your little name is bob marley you should at least know simple facts, the system of babylon was slavery, its not talking about being against regular babylon people
    jon8on January 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbob would not appreciate your harsh comments lets have a civil discussion man
    peace.love.ska.punkon March 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYa, im sure bob is looking down at your comment and smiling. do you thing bob would call would call someone who was trying to teach against babylon a dumbass? I know what i said, and I said it right. your just an ignorant person. Bob himself on MANY occasions called it the babylon SYSTEM. one of his songs is called 'Babylon System' The system of babylon is not slavery, it is a word givin to the MODERN DAY system that opresses, and holds people in mental captivity.

    and considering that i am a 15 year old, and know what the babylon system even is makes me far from being a dumbass. you my friend are the one that needs to learn your facts.
    BobMarleyfan90on October 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeing part jamaican and growing up with this music...my mother is from the parish of manchester, the city of mandeville (look it up!)...bob marleyfan90 is in the right. it is a song that clearly refrences the 400 year captivity of isreal by babylon and also the 400 years of silence between God and His people. Also, it is a song of social criticism. so before u go and make judgment on another, clearly look into yourself and understand that if one enjoys the music and feels good after hearing it, leave them be.
    brian748on November 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is very haunting... it still gives me chills to listen to it. So much is said in this short song.
    lovethemusic89on December 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou all forgot this song was written by peter tosh not bob
    BIFF88on February 21, 2008   Link

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