Bob Marley / Bob Marley & the Wailers

Get Up, Stand Up

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Song Review by John Bush

The ultimate musical evocation of the Rastafarian aesthetic, and a worthy political or social protest song as well, "Get Up, Stand Up" blasts religious hypocrites and commands listeners to start thinking for themselves. The song, composed by Marley with Peter Tosh and recorded for his excellent Burnin' LP from 1973, includes three verses dealing with what is, according to Rastas, common misconceptions about the world often accepted by religious persons. The punchy singalong chorus then proclaims, "Get up, stand up, stand up for your right/Get up, stand up, don't give up the fight." It's also been recorded by reggae artists Toots & the Maytals, Shabbar Ranks, and Spear of Destiny, and is also used as an anthem by Amnesty International.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Kaya 1978 Tuff Gong / PolyGram 0:00
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 Island / Tuff Gong 3:16
Rebel Music 1986 Tuff Gong 6:19
Talkin' Blues 1991 Tuff Gong 4:44
One Love: The Very Best Of 2001 Universal International 3:19
Reggae Essentials 2002
Various Artists
Universal 3:17
Babylon by Bus/Catch a Fire/Burnin' 2003 Universal Distribution 3:19
Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh 2011 Island / Tuff Gong 6:38
Marley [The Original Soundtrack] 2012 Island Def Jam Music Group 3:17
Legend Remixed 2013 Island / Tuff Gong 4:21
Fridays for Future 2020 Universal 3:17
Bob Marley Legacy: 75 Years a Legend 2020 Unversal 3:44
Bob Marley Legacy: Punky Reggae Party 2020 Universal 4:49
Black Music Month Playlist
Various Artists
Universal 3:17
Election 2020
Various Artists
Universal 3:15
Protest Songs
Various Artists
Universal 3:17
Reggae Pa' Curar La Cruda
Various Artists
Universal 3:15
Reggae Party 2021
Various Artists
Universal 3:15
Reggae Soul
Various Artists
Universal 3:15
Reggae Vibes [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:15
Summer Reggae [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal 3:17