Redemption Song



Old pirates yes they rob I
Sold I to the merchant ships
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit

But my hand was made strong
By the hand of the almighty
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly

All I ever had, is songs of freedom
Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom
Cause all I ever had, redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
'cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets ?
While we stand aside and look
Some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom
Cause all I ever had, redemption songs
Redemption songs, redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our minds
Have no fear for atomic energy
Cause none of them can stop the time

How long shall they kill our prophets ?
While we stand aside and look
Yes some say it's just a part of it
We've got to fulfill the book

Won't you help to sing, these songs of freedom
Cause all I ever had, redemption songs
All I ever had, redemption songs
These songs of freedom, songs of freedom


Lyrics by:
Bob Marley

Music by:
Brown / Dawson

Written:
N / A

Personnel:
Ian Brown (vocals)
Simon Dawson (bass)

Produced by:
Simon Dawson

Available on:
Second Coming Rehearsal Sessions

First live performance:
Never performed live.

Details:
This Bob Marley cover is from the Second Coming rehearsal sessions. The roots of Ian Brown's solo debut album, Unfinished Monkey Business, can be found here. Speaking in 1998, Brown cited a Bob Marley songbook as being a key learning aid:

Ian Brown has also covered Redemption Song live in his solo career. DJ Dave Haslam played Redemption Song after The Stone Roses finished their set at Spike Island in 1990, before fireworks filled the air. Again in 2012, that very same song washed over the PA, accompanying the fireworks display at the group's Heaton Park shows. Whether intentional or not, Ian's greeting on the opening night - his voice tingling with nervous excitement - to the vast throngs at Heaton Park had some symmetry with that of the band's first ever warehouse party in the city (Manchester Flower Show 1, 20th July 1985). "Here we are !", bellowed to the gatherers in 1985 had matured into a more mellow and measured, "Here we are, here it is... Here we go !", some 27 years later. When asked in interviews if there was even the remotest chance of the Roses treading the boards again, Ian Brown had always maintained the philosophy, "Never return to a lit firework." But with band members each approaching the age of fifty, they would do precisely that, for one last ride on the rusty merry-go-round.

John Squire bemoans Ian's lack of initiative to become proficient on a musical instrument at an earlier stage:


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