"So Much Things To Say" as written by Bob Marley and Rita Anderson Marley....
Ooh yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah (yeah yeah yeah)
Ooh yeah, yeah
They got so much things to say right now
They got so much things to say
They got so much things to say right now
They got so much things to say

Eh! But I'll never forget no way
They crucified Jesus Christ
I'll never forget no way
They stole Marcus Garvey for rights ho-ooh!
I'll never forget no way
They turned their back on Paul Bogle
Hey! So don't you forget (no way) your youth
Who you are and where you stand in the struggle

They go so very, so very, so very, so very, so very, so very
So very, so very, so very
Everything they say so much to say
They got so much things to say, so much things to say
I and I nah come to fight flesh and blood

But spiritual wickedness in high and low places
So while they fight you down
Stand firm and give Jah thanks and praises
'Cause I and I no expect to be justified
By the laws of men, by the laws of men
Oh, true they have found me guilty
But brooh, through Jah proved my innocency

Oh, when the rain fall, fall, fall now
It don't fall on one man's housetop
Remember that, when the rain fall
It don't fall on one man's housetop

They singin' so very much, so very much, oh so very much
So so very
They got so much things to say right now
Yeah, they got so much things to say

Hey, but I and I, I and I nah come to fight flesh and blood
But spiritual wickedness in 'igh and low places
So while, so while, so while they fight you down
Stand firm and give Jah thanks and praises
I and I no expect to be justified
By the laws of men, by the laws of men
Hey through God to prove my innocence
I told you wicked think they found me guilty

They got la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
They la very much all the time

So much things to say, rumor about
They got the rumor without humor
They don't know what they're doin', yeah


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar, edited by zelenaya

"So Much Things to Say" as written by Rita Anderson Marley Bob Marley

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    General Comment"When the rain fall, it don't fall on one man's housetop."
    Great Line! He's saying bad things don't happen to just one person. When it seems like it does, it still has an effect on other people.
    shiznaz_kurtazon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA song about spiritual warfare.
    javamanon January 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentanother masterpiece from the "Album of The Century" EXODUS
    everything about this song is perfect, from the beautiful melody that the Wailers put down to the conscious lyrics to Bobs flawless delivery.
    Bob was truly a man on a mission from above,

    R.I.P. Robert Nesta Marley
    Steppingrazoron December 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about the voice of youth and specifically the importance of the Jamaican youth continuing the struggle against oppression rather than leaving their fate in the hands of the "establishment". A direct plea to the next generation to not forget what the hand of oppression looks like. The stories of Jesus, Marcus Garvey, and Paul Bogle, three characters only loosely related to the Jamaican struggle, exemplify the attitude and far-sighted spirituality that is true of the Rasta and it is that ideal that Marley wants to pass on. All three men spoke out in the face of oppression rather than accepting a less-than-free silence. The silence is what Marley is fighting against.. a voice in the midst of all the "spiritual wickedness" is what he is praying for.
    motorbreath23on September 10, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionBob Marley:
    Album: Exodus
    Song: So Much Things to Say
    “I will never forget no way the sold Marcus Garvey for rice.”
    The song lyric is not the following:
    “I will never forget no way the stole Marcus Garvey for rights”
    SOLAR1Son October 09, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionIf you have read the lyrics on the internet you have been mislead. If you have heard the answer to the meaning behind the incorrect lyrics you have been mislead.

    To the best of my research here is why I can say the lyrics are not “Stole Marcus Garvey for rights”.
    1) I listened to the song! Bob speaks very clearly in all versions I could find, especially on the Exodus album. He says “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    2) I listened to the song! Rita and the I-Threes clearly repeat Bobs lyrics and also say “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    3) I read the lyrics inside the album cover. The lyrics are printed very clearly, “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    4) The explainations for the case “Stole Marcus Garvey for rights” declare that the USA African Americans used him to gain civil rights in USA. None of the Civil Rights movements use Marcus Garveys /Garvey-ism to help build cases. Marcus Garvey/ Garvey-ism was about Repatriating Africans to Africa. He never wanted to fight for African Rights in the USA. In fact he met with the leader of the KKK to help get the USA to deport all blacks back to Africa and found Liberia. He actually tried to get CalvinCoolridge to have FDR add this as an amendment to the “New Deal” policy. Most Civil rights leaders condemn Marcus Garvey for his attempts to do this. Malcom X “did” preach about Marcus Garvey but only because he also wanted to Repatriate Africans to Africa. No one used Marcus Garvey to regain rights in USA! Do you really think Bob Marley is condeming the USA African Americans for attempting to earn Civil Rights?
    SOLAR1Son October 09, 2012   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionHere is why I can say the lyrics are “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    1) I listened to the song! Bob speaks very clearly in all versions I could find, especially on the Exodus album. He says “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    2) I listened to the song! Rita and the I-Threes clearly repeat Bobs lyrics and also say “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    3) If you look inside the album cover the lyrics are printed very clearly, “Sold Marcus Garvey for rice”
    4) Marley refers to Marcus Garvey in his song "So much things to say", saying, "I'll never forget no way: they sold Marcus Garvey for rice". The song criticizes anyone willing to betray independent African leadership and the pittance the traitors receive (hence the phrase "for rice"). ;User:Da Stressor/Pop Culture References to Marcus Garvey
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    5)This quote from Bob Marley is a continuation of the idea that the black man belongs in Africa and there is a continuos struggle to get back to the motherland. This was another idea that Garvey preached. He felt that Africa was the land for the black people just as Europe was the land for the white people, Asia the land for Asians, and Middle East the land for Indians and so on. ;THE DREAD LIBRARY Marcus Mosiah Garvey: The Man, his Movement and his Poetry by C. E. Jordan Gremp
    SOLAR1Son October 09, 2012   Link

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