"Natty Dread" as written by and Rita Anderson Marley Allan Cole....
Dread, Natty Dread now (Natty Dread)
Dreadlock Congo Bongo I (Natty Dread)
Natty Dreadlock in a Babylon (Natty Dread)
A dreadlock Congo Bongo I (Natty Dread)
Eh! Children get your culture (Natty Dreadlock)
And don't stay there and gesture, a-ah (Natty Dreadlock)
Or the battle will be hotter (Natty Dreadlock)
And you won't get no supper (Natty Dreadlock)

Natty Dread, Natty Dread, now (Natty Dread)
A dreadlock Congo Bongo I (Natty Dread)
Natty Dreadlock in a Babylon (Natty Dread)
Roots Natty, Roots Natty! (Natty Dread)

Then I walk up the first street (Natty Dreadlock)
And then I walk up the second street to see (Natty Dreadlock)
Then I trod on through third street (Natty Dreadlock)
And then I talk to some Dread on fourth street (Natty Dreadlock)
Natty Dreadlock in a fifth street (Natty Dreadlock)
And then I skip one fence to sixth street (Natty Dreadlock)
I've got to reach seventh street (Natty Dreadlock)
Natty Dreadlock Bingy Bongo I (Natty Dread)
Natty dread, Natty Dread, now (Natty Dread)
Roots Natty Congo I (Natty Dread)

Oh, Natty, Natty
Natty twenty one thousand miles away from home, yeah!
Oh, Natty, Natty
And that's a long way
For Natty to be from home

Don't care what the world seh (Natty Dread)
I'n'I couldn't never go astray (Natty Dread)
Just like a bright and sunny day (Natty Dread)
Oh, we're gonna have things our way (Natty Dread)
Natty Dread, Natty Dreadlock (Natty Dreadlock)
Dreadlock Congo Bongo I (Natty Dreadlock)
Don't care what the world seh (Natty Dreadlock)
I'n'I gonna have things our way (Natty Dreadlock)
If a egg Natty in a the red (Natty Dreadlock)
If a egg Natty in a the red (Natty Dreadlock)
Natty Dread, Natty Dreadlock


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"Natty Dread" as written by Rita Anderson Marley Allan Cole

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  • +1
    General Comment"favourite" haha funny canadians.

    It's about Bob taking a walk talking to some other dreads, probably smoking the reefer
    acyeahmanon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first verse, He wants the youth to make sure they know about there culture. If you don't know where your from you will be lost and ignorant. When Bob says "Natty 21,000 miles away from home, yeah!" He means he is away from is roots in Ethiopia. In the end is point is that Wherever he is in the world, he will not act like a westerner, he will act like a rastaman( cause that is what he believes in)
    superkyle420on September 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentbwoy meh lisun atu dis everydeh mon and shek meh natty dreads.
    jrgongon May 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbob makes everything better. one of my all time favourite songs.
    mexicanon September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbob marley lived in new jersey alittle while, seems like he could be talking about his experience living in america.....i could be wrong though, im not the man and he sure cant tell us anymore
    bigwillon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Natty Dread" is a great song, possibly my favorite Marley. When he describes going up the streets, he's visiting all the girls he has. He's "getting around the block".
    unbel13vabulllon November 15, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningI believe the streets he crossed refers to Trenchtown.
    holbieon September 08, 2014   Link

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