"Babylon System" as written by and Bob Marley....
We refuse to be
What you wanted us to be
We are what we are
That's the way it's going to be, if you don't know
You can't educate I
For no equal opportunity (talkin' 'bout my freedom)
Talkin' 'bout my freedom
People freedom and liberty!
Yeah, we've been trodding on the winepress much too long
Rebel, rebel!
Yes, we've been trodding on the winepress much too long
Rebel, rebel!

Babylon system is the vampire, yea! (vampire)
Suckin' the children day by day, yeah!
Me say de Babylon system is the vampire, falling empire,
Suckin' the blood of the sufferers, yeah!
Building church and university, wooh, yeah!
Deceiving the people continually, yeah!
Me say them graduatin' thieves and murderers
Look out now they suckin' the blood of the sufferers (sufferers)
Yea! (sufferers)

Tell the children the truth
Tell the children the truth
Tell the children the truth right now!
Come on and tell the children the truth
Tell the children the truth
Tell the children the truth
Tell the children the truth
Come on and tell the children the truth

'Cause, 'cause we've been trodding on ya winepress much too long
Rebel, rebel!
And we've been takin' for granted much too long
Rebel, rebel!

(Trodding on the winepress) Trodding on the winepress (rebel)
Got to rebel, y'all (rebel)
We've been trodding on the winepress much too long, yeah! (rebel)
Yeah! (rebel) Yeah! Yeah!

From the very day we left the shores (trodding on the winepress)
Of our Father's land (rebel)
We've been trampled on (rebel)
Oh now! (takin' for granted) Lord, Lord


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"Babylon System" as written by Bob Marley

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    General CommentBob Marley is a genius and I wish everybody had his spirit. He has such a pure and powerful message, but people alway ignore it. The first thing most people think of when they hear Bob Marley is "pot-head" or something like that. Bob Marley was much more than just a pothead. He's one of the most freethinking men of our time and he has a powerful message that people refuse to acknowledge. He sees the evil in the world and he uses his music to spread the word to resist it. Certain people such as myself have been affected by his message, and I wish that everybody could.
    This song is about Babylon, all the oppressors of the world (government, bueracracy, etc.), and how we need to rebel agaisnt Babylon.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commentactually, any oppressive institution is refered to as babylon. and in a lot of reggae its jamaica they're talking about. marley was from jamaica, not from america. his family was taken from africa to jamaica where they were enslaved, not to america. and all other forms of religion are babylonian institutions... the government, the man... babylon refers to all sorts of things. not just america...... just so ya know.
    volocannibemon May 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthell yea!
    angelgarbageon May 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentErr...In reggae America is refered to as Babylon. Just so ya know.
    SexPistolMeowMixon March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a great song, one of my favorite by Bob Marley.
    "We are what we are
    That's the way it's going to be"
    I love those lines because it does not only apply to a group of people who are being oppressed. For me it just means that I can be whoever I want to be and nobody else should be able to change who I am.
    polarbears?on May 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhen rastafari reference Babylon, its not just about america or jamaica as some have said. Babylon refers to Western civilization and culture, which by the time this song was written was already spread across the world. So its not just one country, but almost a mindset.
    sagittariusaon July 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWe all must understand that that present day Babylon is America. Bob created songs like "Babylon System" to warn the people that our leaders actions are creating world tension, that will eventually destroy us. Another song that Bob sings about the destuction of Babylon is "Revolution." This all goes to the core of the Rastafarian religion, which states the impending destruction of the earth is upon all of us. Bob Marley was a true gift from God, and his prophesies will guide us in these troubled times. Just look at how this verse completely speaks of America's system.....

    Building church and university
    Deceiving the people continually
    Me say them graduating thieves and murderers
    Look out now
    Sucking the blood of the sufferers

    America's churches deceive people everyday...
    Our business world(college grads) is filled with Thieves that make their money from middle-lower class people....
    Our murder rates are higher than any other "peaceful" country on this earth....

    Bob just wants us to:
    Tell the children the truth-
    higherpurposeon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually "higherpurpose", Bob Marley was speaking of Jamaica when he wrote this song. Jamaica has the highest murder rate in the ENTIRE world, not America. And Jamaicas churches constantly spur out homophobic hatred.
    idunno89on March 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about western civ and basically the churches who use alcohol to blind the people from the truth
    governments and oppressers taken the children forgranted to furfill their dreams.
    forcing children into their system of rascism, thiefs and murders.

    also refers africa to be our fathers land since near all religion came from africa!
    politicions and goverments using religion to control people like bush for instance or the roman catholics.
    liam8mailon May 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about western civ and basically the churches who use alcohol to blind the people from the truth
    governments and oppressers taken the children forgranted to furfill their dreams.
    forcing children into their system of rascism, thiefs and murders.

    also refers africa to be our fathers land since near all religion came from africa!
    politicions and goverments using religion to control people like bush for instance or the roman catholics.
    liam8mailon May 06, 2008   Link

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