Bob Marley & the Wailers

Lively up Yourself

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The opening song to arguably Bob Marley’s finest album, “Lively Up Yourself” is a perfect opener. The song is built upon a laid-back reggae beat, to which Marley composes a great, original melody and lyrics that never get too deep or wordy – it’s a good-time song done extremely well. Indeed, it’s a song which is hard to analyse – lyrically, it’s nothing much more than the title phrase, and the gorgeous chorus of “Lively up yourself/And don’t be no drag” and musically, it’s simple and doesn’t stretch the band or Marley too much. The song seems to glide along, and it’s certainly the most carefree song on the record, and one of Marley’s most popular songs throughout his career.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Soul Shakedown 1969 Blumountain Records 2:52
African Herbsman 1973 Trojan 2:55
Natty Dread 1974 Tuff Gong 5:29
Rastaman Vibration 1976 PolyGram / Tuff Gong 0:00
Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers 1984 Island / Tuff Gong 0:00
Talkin' Blues 1991 Tuff Gong 0:00
Songs of Freedom 1992 Island / PolyGram 5:10
Bob Marley and the Story of Reggae 1992
Various Artists
Trojan 2:52
Reggae Fever 1994 Madacy 4:21
You Got to Lively up Yourself 1995 Public Music 2:53
Collector's Edition 1996 Double Play Records 2:53
Wisdom 1998 Recall (UK) 2:55
Reggae's Best 1998
Various Artists
M.I.L. Multimedia 2:52
Bob Marley and the Wailers [Platinum Disc 3 CD] 1999 Platinum Disc 2:54
The Complete Bob Marley & the Wailers 1967-1972, Part 3 1999 Jad 2:53
Very Best of the Early Years: 1968-1974 2000 Music Club International Records 2:53
One Love: The Very Best Of 2001 Universal International 5:10
Trench Town Rock [Box Set] 2001 Snapper / Charly Records 2:52
The Best of the Early Years 2001 Sanctuary 2:50
Trenchtown Rock: The Anthology 1969-78 2002 Sanctuary / Trojan 2:51
Reggae Pulse: The Heartbeat of Jamaica 2002
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 2:51
Pure Dynamite Reggae 2004
Various Artists
Pure / Beechwood Records / Pure Records 2:53
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: Bob Marley & the Wailers (The Jad Years) 2004 Hip-O / Jad 2:57
Original Cuts 2004 Hip-O / Jad 2:57
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975 2004
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 2:52
Gold 2005 Island 5:12
Classic Bob Marley & the Wailers 2005 Spectrum Music 2:57
The Essential Bob Marley and the Wailers 2005 Trojan / Sanctuary 2:52
Keep On Skanking 2005 Pazzazz 0:00
Gold: 1967-1972 2005 Island 2:55
Africa Unite: The Singles Collection 2005 Universal 2:55
This Is Crucial Reggae: Summer Jam Party 2006
Various Artists
Trojan 2:51
Trilogy [Music Brokers] 2006 Music Brokers 2:49
Reggae Masters, Vol. 2 2006
Various Artists
Immergent 2:53
Remixed & Unmixed 2007 Music Brokers 2:49
Roots, Rock, Remixed 2007 Rock River Records / Tuff Gong 4:07
B Is for Bob 2009 Island / Tuff Gong 5:11
Reggae Chartbusters, Vol. 4 2009
Various Artists
Sanctuary / Trojan 2:55
Bob Marley [WHE International] 2009 2:51
Rarities Edition: Legend 2010 Island / Tuff Gong 5:18
Roots of a Legend 2011 Fontana / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Fontana 2:50
The Lee Perry Sessions 2012 Allegro Corporation / Music Avenue 2:55
Lively Up Yourself: Roots of a Revolution 1967-1971 2017 Wewantsounds 2:51
Crucial Reggae: Bob Marley & The Wailers Fontana / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Fontana / Sanctuary Records 2:50
No Image Epic 2:52
Reggae Fever, Vol. 2 Madacy 2:48
No Image
Various Artists
Special Markets 2:54