No sun will shine in my day today (no sun will shine)
The high yellow moon won't come out to play (that high yellow moon won't come out to play)
I said (darkness) darkness has covered my light
(And the stage) And the stage my day into night, yeah
Where is the love to be found?
Won't someone tell me 'cause life (sweet life) must be somewhere to be found
(Must be somewhere for me)
Instead of concrete jungle (la la-la!)
Where the living is harder

Concrete jungle (la-la!)
Man you got to do your best, whoa, yeah
No chains around my feet
But I'm not free, oh-ooh!
I know I am bound here in captivity
G'yeah, now (never, never) I've never known happiness
(Never, never) I've never known what sweet caress is
Still, I'll be always laughing like a clown

Won't someone help me 'cause I (sweet life)
I've got to pick myself from off the ground
(Must be somewhere for me), he-yeah!
In this a concrete jungle (la la-la!)
I said, what do you got for me (la-la!) now, o-oh!
Concrete jungle (la la-la!), ah, won't you let me be (concrete jungle)
Hey, oh, now

I said that life (sweet life) it must be somewhere (must be somewhere for me) to be found
Oh, instead, concrete jungle (la-la!) collusion
Confusion (concrete jungle) eh!

Concrete jungle (la-la!) baby, you've got it in
Concrete jungle (concrete jungle) eh!
Concrete jungle (la-la!)

What do you got for me (concrete jungle)
Concrete jungle (la-la!)


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Concrete Jungle Lyrics as written by Bob Marley

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    "No chains around my feet, but I'm not free"

    I love that line

    Caroline7502on September 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
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    he is useing concrete jungle as a metaphor for we just need more love instead of worrying about other things

    BobMarleyfan90on June 15, 2006   Link
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    In the capital city of Jamaica (Kingston) there is a ghetto area that is (or at least was at one time) referred to as "concrete jungle". I'd say that the song is about escaping the ghetto and possibly also about making it in the music biz.

    McKinley.Ron January 09, 2007   Link
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    Incredible Song! Bob Marley is a legend and this is one of all the reasons.

    shadowcmlon June 08, 2002   Link
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    wow bobmarleyfan90 got it rightttttttt

    jon8on January 02, 2007   Link
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    i think you guys are all right.all correct i mean not like your personalities or something cos i dont know you......whatever.mckinley is spot on and i also think marley is saying that in urban areas it is harder to enjoy REAL life.i like you anarchy, but like your name you had to interpret it as a fucking massive long worded serious organised attack at the world.marley was just a normal guy for gods sake and was pissed off at where he was living.i mean, come on, how many skyscrapers were in jamaica in the early 1970s?

    GBon February 12, 2007   Link
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    he is also, i think, saying that he and his ancestors kinda thing have always been in some form of slavery in Jamaica.and that he suffahs the 'ardest and he may seem to be happy and laughing but thats just superficial - like a clown's laughter

    GBon February 12, 2007   Link
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    jon8 stop thinking you are some kind of know it all mate chill the fuck out

    GBon February 12, 2007   Link
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    This song, like most of Marley's music, is ambiguous and not specific on purpose. Therefore it can relate to any number of things as interpreted by the individual. I personally comprehend it as follows: Marley at some point begins to see the hidden darkness in the fallacies of the social world, which had previously given him a false sense of comfort, or light. He is searching for the only true essence, void of darkness, love; which too has gone missing. All he can find is this "concrete jungle," an overpopulated, over-organized society of people who carry their own cage with them through life unknowingly. All he wants to do is live an honest life out of a corporate-driven society but the "sweet life must be somewhere to be found" He has no chains around his feet, referring to slavery directly, but he is not free. he is bound in this concrete jungle, where the living is harder, in captivity. He's laughing like a clown because he either is smoking the reef, or he is referring to how even though life sucks at times, humor is its only remedy sometimes. At the very end of the song, he poses the question: [Concrete Jungle or Society] "what you got for me now?" - Why does he have no choice to live out of society? Does it make his life better or worse? Is it just a means to control a large population, increasingly making the lives of the individual worse to merely perpetuate natural selection and reproduction? - I'm not even fucking religious but if there were ever a prophet, Marley deserves the tag.

    Soundasamediumon May 01, 2009   Link
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    Has anyone noticed that Lauryn Hill used Concrete Jungle's bass line for her song Forgive Them Father? Nice shout out to her father-in-law.

    raigumaon December 22, 2009   Link

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