My daughter learned the first eight notes of Redemption Song yesterday. My favorite Marley song. She’s on her third acoustic guitar lesson. Bob Marley’s Redemption Song is a tale of the journey, of being stolen and sold, and is ultimately a song of faith in oneself.
But my hand was made strong, by the hand of the almighty — We forward in this generation triumphantly
The archaic meaning of the word redemption is the action of buying one’s own freedom. Bob exhorts that beautifully with these lines:
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds…
As I read speculation about when the recession will end, how to position oneself for the shifting labor force, how bad things will get before they get better, I think about this song. Marley sings about forward motion, that time doesn’t stop for “atomic energy” and that there will be hard things we must endure, he sings, “some say it’s just a part of it, we’ve got to fulfill de book.” What I know is that change is uncomfortable. While external forces may facilitate that change, the real stuff comes from within.
Don’t look for anyone else to free you of this situation. We free ourselves, it’s all in our hands. Waking up is finally knowing that it’s always been that way.
Won’t you help to sing, these songs of freedom. ‘Cause all I ever have; Redemption songs.”
Something spectacular is just around the bend…