Get Up, Stand Up
Bob Marley & The Wailers (1973)
Opening Burnin’, the Wailers’ second Island album, the righteous rallying cry of Get Up, Stand Up was a key plank in the label’s strategy to break Marley as an international outlaw star. With echoes of Bob Dylan’s Talkin’ World War III Blues in its “all the people all the time” lines, it would go on to be covered after his death by artists as iconic (and diverse) as Bruce Springsteen and Nina Simone. Esther Anderson, one of Marley’s girlfriends in the early ’ 70s, claimed that he wrote the song while touring in Haiti, shocked that comparable poverty and deprivation existed elsewhere in the world, besides Trench Town. It was the final song Marley ever performed onstage, closing his last show, in Pittsburg on 23 September, 1980.