Life he is living feels like slavery Historical memory I have never known

Life he is living feels like slavery historical

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Life he is living feels like slavery Historical memory “I have never known happiness” Figuratively (never left poverty) Johnny Was
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Written in the 1970s in the height of political violence/tension Talks about political violence and innocent people being killed The lens Marley used Uses fare voice of a woman Marley says violence has a huge impact on women He feminizes violence The woman is equally the victim Something about the system creates ghettos Inequalities are systematic The lesson of the song The system of political violence consumes innocent people No Woman No Cry No Woman No Cry really means no woman don't cry This is Marley reminiscing about growing up in Trenchtown Subsequently autobiographical Making their own light Things might have been bad in the ghetto but there was native love Took Marley to make things better In song he comforts the woman Uses memory Recent historical memory Paints a positive picture Refers to his past Government yard = government projects Notes 10/25 Music “Who the Cap Fit” (Are You Guilty) Betrayal People in poverty are susceptible to being turned against each other Bribery “Some will eat and drink with you Then behind them su-su 'pon you Only your friend know your secrets So only he could reveal it” Snitching and betrayal “Man to man is so unjust, children
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You don't know who to trust Your worst enemy could be your best friend And your best friend your worst enemy” More snitching and betrayal Critiquing Babylon System Babylon Bad city Come to mean anything that is bad Ex. police Babylon system is the unjust system Critiquing the state (system) Responsible for Poverty Racism Killing The larger system is holding people down “Rebel Music” Makes argument that music is a form of rebellion and advocacy Makes you listen to a message Reggae music is a music of rebellion The backdrop for the song is the violence in Jamaica There was a curfew during the violence “Why can't we roam this open country? Oh why can't we be what we wanna be We want to be free Questions whether jamaica is free or not “Babylon System” Talks about black people wanting to be free Dont want to be enslaved again Song declares freedom Then reminds of slavery Historical memory “Babylon system is a vampire sucking the children day by day” Education and religion are being used by the Babylon System Marley critiques these
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