"Rebel Music (3 O'Clock Roadblock)" as written by and Bob Marley....
I, rebel music
I, rebel music
Why can't we roam this open country?
Oh, why can't we be what we want to be?
We want to be free

Three o'clock roadblock, curfew
And I've got to throw away
Yes, I've got to throw away
Yes, I've got to throw away
My little herb stalk

I, rebel music
I, rebel music

Take my soul and suss me out
Check my life if I am in doubt
Three o'clock, roadblock
And, hey, Mr. Cop, ain't got no
(What you say down there?)
Ain't got no birth certificate on me now

I, rebel music
I, rebel music

I, rebel music

Take my soul and suss me out
Check my life if I am in doubt
Three o'clock, roadblock
And, hey, Mr. Cop, ain't got no
(What you say down there?) Hey Mr. Cop
Ain't got no birth certificate on me now


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar

"Rebel Music" as written by Hugh Peart Aston Barrett

Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

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    General CommentThis is the song for everyday rebels- people who question authority and not follow it blindly. The first verse- "why can't we roam this open country" -is a powerful question that deviates the idea of posession. All the no-trespassing signs, the secret facilities, private property, it's not healthy and just shows that people are secretive and greedy.

    Roadblocks can be very discriminatory, and an adult curfew is ridiculous...unless there is an insurgency going on like in Iraq. But there was no such insurgency going on in Jamaica in the 70s, just people branded criminals and targeted by the police for their race or smoking habits.

    The third verse is my favorite- "take my soul and suss me out (size me up), check my life if I am in doubt". I think he's saying "stop me if I'm wrong, but isn't what theyre doing to me violating my rights?".

    The eerie vocals and the folky harmonica are the highlights of this song for me. I really like it when Bob sings "Ain't got no birth certificate on me now" for some reason. It's motivating and if a middle finger had a sound when is raised it would go something like that. Just the way he sings it. Awesome. Love this song. Potheads are mostly harmless (and mostly hilarious), it's good to see Marley showing their real depth of feeling.
    Shep420on June 14, 2006   Link

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