"The Heathen" as written by and Bob Marley....
Rise up fallen fighters
Rise and take your stance again
'Tis he who fights and run away
Live to fight another day

And (de heathen back dey 'pon de wall)
Heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
And de heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
And de heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!

As a man sow, shall he reap
And I know that talk is cheap
But the hotter the battle
How much sweeter Jah victory

And (de heathen back dey 'pon de wall)
Such a good heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
And de heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
And de heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!

Rise, oh, rise, oh, rise, oh, rise, oh, rise, oh
Rise and take your stance again
'Tis he who fight and run away
Live to fight another day

And (de heathen back dey 'pon de wall)
Such a good heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
And de heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
Such a good (heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!) I'm saying

As a man sow, shall he reap
And I know that talk is cheap
But the hotter the battle, yeah
How much sweeter Jah victory

And (de heathen back dey 'pon de wall)
Heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!

'Pon the wall
'Pon the wall
'Pon the wall
'Pon the wall


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"Heathen" as written by Cocoa Tea Bob Marley

Lyrics © Peermusic Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentTo me this song is about learning how to cope with people in life. Sometimes, you have to fight and if you run away, you will meet the same people again (you will live to fight another day).

    This explains why people, if they have had a difficult childhood, choose someone who is like like their father/mother as a partner. So they continue to fight the battle they ran away from when they left their parents.It also explains why some people continue to face the same problems in every relationship they enter. They never fight the battle through but run away before it is over.

    Only if you fight the battle through, you will be able to leave someone who is not good for you without meeting them again.

    I strongly believe that "fight", "battle" and "victory" are just metaphors here. He is not singing about fighting against people but about solving problems within yourself. Sometimes you have to fight a battle within yourself before you learn how to handle certain types of people or accept people the way they are.
    Eulizon April 12, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDamn, this song is so good. If you see on a live tape, i can assure you you'll be a rastafarian in no time.
    Djenghison February 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Rise up, fallen fighters:
    Rise and take your stance again.
    'Tis he who fight and run away
    Live to fight another day."

    So true.. so true..

    That's why bulllies keep bullying - Because no one keep them stopping!!
    SimonTheGreaton June 11, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionSadly, after hearing the faster live version from Pittsburgh in september 1980, the studio version gets slooooooow. You need to be stoned I guess.
    SimonTheGreaton June 15, 2010   Link

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