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Bob Marley — Redemption Song
Album: Exodus
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Released: 1984
Length: 3:45
Plays (last 30 days): 2
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

Won't you help to sing
These songs of freedom?
'Cause all I ever have
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?
Ooh, 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 have
Redemption songs
Redemption songs
Redemption songs

Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery
None but ourselves can free our mind
Whoa, have no fear for atomic energy
'Cause none of them-a can-a stop-a 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
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 jp33442 wrote:
I am sorry bob Marley sucks
 
I hadn't realized that. And here I am, I've had Bob's "Hammer" on repeat for like the last two months. I thought it was an awesome song. Sucks, huh? Are you sure?
One of my rare 10 ratings
 jp33442 wrote:
I am sorry bob Marley sucks
 
A necessary skill for inhaling...!
My favourite Marley song - brings back so many memories.
don't matter...best song ever.

 
(anonymous) wrote:
How anyone could give this amazing, magical song a "1" is beyond the realm of human comprehension. How sad that someone would do that.
 

My favorite Marley tune.
When a total fracking hero can die from kicking a football, any so-called God can hang His head.
Still fresh and relevant today, perhaps even more so than when Bob Marley first released this song.
Rating for me down from 8 to 6
I am sorry bob Marley sucks


 
joelbb wrote:
Tedium and tediummer.

       
       


                              I'm afraid it's worse than that, joelbb. - We're now tediumly redeemed.

.


 joelbb wrote:
Tedium and tediummer.

 
Bliss
Tedium and tediummer.
 westslope wrote:
(...)I would suggest that you completely and utterly misunderstood/misunderstand these lyrics.   (...)

Moreover, the lyrics apply to any 'culturally inferior' people who have been systematically victimized for any length of time.   Liberation/redemption starts with one's own attitude.  

I can think of dozens if not hundreds of examples.  How about Bolivia?  "Los Indios" of the altiplano are still victimizing themselves from the hurt of Spanish colonialism.   They have yet to free their minds from their own mental slavery.  

The same applies to some (certainly not all) North American Aboriginals.  Some of the Palestinians also exhibit the 'professional victim' attitude.
 
Nevermind the original post, thanks for offering another take to the discussion, very interesting. I really appreciate the discussion on RP - on a station without discussion boards the song would've just 'flown by' in the background for me without really listening.
Good thing, the music-hero RP's there to our help! :) 
 rdo wrote:

Uh, well, forgive me if I am not 100% up to snuff on the finer parts of the movement, but from what little I know about it, Rastafarians worship one Haile Selassie I, the late monarch, emperor, and high priest of Ethiopia.  Once again, forgive me if this is a controversial statement, but I can worship no human being, and I find the notion repugnant.  I am unaware, and sublimley uninterested, in what Mr. Marley deems "mental slavery".  I have thought long and hard about such things, and I find the notion of worshiping even a god, and going to heaven, the equivalent of desiring some celestial North Korea, where one is damned to all eternity to bow and supplicate oneself before an all-knowing, domineering, Kim Jong Il type of tyrant, from which there is no escape.  Thanks, but, no thanks.  

 
Hilarious.

Your confirmatory bias is showing rdo.  Take it easy on the 'typing'.  

I would suggest that you completely and utterly misunderstood/misunderstand these lyrics.   

The Rastafarian angle is off track.   That said, the fact that Bob is black and blacks have been on the receiving end of western peoples for a few centuries is likely relevant.  

Moreover, the lyrics apply to any 'culturally inferior' people who have been systematically victimized for any length of time.   Liberation/redemption starts with one's own attitude.  

I can think of dozens if not hundreds of examples.  How about Bolivia?  "Los Indios" of the altiplano are still victimizing themselves from the hurt of Spanish colonialism.   They have yet to free their minds from their own mental slavery.  

The same applies to some (certainly not all) North American Aboriginals.  Some of the Palestinians also exhibit the 'professional victim' attitude.
...and then there is the diehard reggae guy who says about this song, "I just plain don't like folk music."
And this does sound like folk music, dude.

gregskrtic wrote:
I just plain don't like reggae. 

 

 rdo wrote:
When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.  It is arrogant. This is a strange dictum for a genre founded on defeating British arrogance in its colonialism and imperialism.  I am right there with him on kicking out the Brits, but man was he full of himself.  Worst lyrics ever.
  It can be arrogant but it completely depends on the context. I don't think you understand the context of this song.


 gregskrtic wrote:
I just plain don't like reggae. 

 
Nothing particularly reggaeish about this.
God like 
Indeed  
I just plain don't like reggae. 
 rdo wrote:
Worst lyrics ever.
 
Oh, come on!!

Who else could pull off the line "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery"?
 rdo wrote:
When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.  It is arrogant. This is a strange dictum for a genre founded on defeating British arrogance in its colonialism and imperialism.  I am right there with him on kicking out the Brits, but man was he full of himself.  Worst lyrics ever.
 
Methinks the OP resembles his own remark.
 rdo wrote:
When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.  It is arrogant. This is a strange dictum for a genre founded on defeating British arrogance in its colonialism and imperialism.  I am right there with him on kicking out the Brits, but man was he full of himself.  
 

I agree, great song, great lyrics. 10
........


 
"Satisfy My Soul"

Bob Marley,  Chico Buarque,  Toquinho, Junior Marvin,  Paulo César Caju,  e Jacob Miller, 1980 Brasil.



 rdo wrote:
When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.  It is arrogant. This is a strange dictum for a genre founded on defeating British arrogance in its colonialism and imperialism.  I am right there with him on kicking out the Brits, but man was he full of himself.  Worst lyrics ever.
 

He was full of himself?



Moving.

 
 rdo wrote:
When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.
 
and all this time I thought it was just something you said to someone in the hope that their ass would follow.  {#Moon}
 rdo wrote:
When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.  It is arrogant. This is a strange dictum for a genre founded on defeating British arrogance in its colonialism and imperialism.  I am right there with him on kicking out the Brits, but man was he full of himself.  Worst lyrics ever.
 
The line is - 'None but ourselves can free our minds'. If you are going to have a pop then at least get your facts straight. 

When you tell someone: "Free your mind", it means that you think you are enlightened and superior.  It is arrogant. This is a strange dictum for a genre founded on defeating British arrogance in its colonialism and imperialism.  I am right there with him on kicking out the Brits, but man was he full of himself.  Worst lyrics ever.
One of my favorites.


Speaks from, and to, the soul.


  
And Mr Bob to round out the great religions of the planet. Oh wait a sec, there are a couple others. Don't forget the Asian.
 Bosami wrote:


You don't need to justify your opinions with a load of meaningless, vitriolic declarations. Your opinions do not constitute fact - just your viewpoint. Get over yourself.

 
Sorry, Bosami, I was just stating the truth.  This cut is beyond tedious.  Now go back to nowhere, Nowhere Man (Woman?).  BTW, I lowered my rating to 1 on rehearing the number.
Easy 10.... Bob Marley has some great songs, but this one is even outstanding from those. 
 (current member Lazarus) wrote:


In Redemption Song, Marley urges listeners to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds..."  these lines came from a speech by Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia in October of 1937...
 
Next season on Boardwalk Empire (I think we'll be up to 1925 by then), J. Edgar Hoover will be have his sights set on putting a halt to this "radical dissident" Marcus Garvey.  It should be fun watching real history portrayed alongside a fictional storyline.
 oldsaxon wrote:

"big stud Romeo Tuma"

you big stud, you.
 
Thank you!  Hope you be having a marvelous time right this minute, oldsaxon...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like B.F. Skinner...  we love this song...

Always inspiring.
No less than outstanding
 Lazarus wrote:
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:
In Redemption Song, Marley urges listeners to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds..."  these lines came from a speech by Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia in October of 1937...

profound...  love it...
 

Yup...  still love it...
 

 
"big stud Romeo Tuma"

you big stud, you.
Always perfect...
Perennial legacy from Marley, thank you.
big stud Romeo Tuma wrote:
In Redemption Song, Marley urges listeners to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds..."  these lines came from a speech by Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia in October of 1937...

profound...  love it...
 

Yup...  still love it...
 
Marley is certainly an icon, but there are a variety of great reggae artists that deserve air time.
has to be one of the top 10 songs ever written / performed...and still very glad that some people just don't get that...makes it all the better for me.
I'm fighting with his English right now...
I think some people are missing the point.  It's Bob Marley.  Sit down, skin up and let the man do his thing.  So not possible to overhype his genius.
 joelbb wrote:

Sorry, Dude, but Marley is The Most Over-Hyped Act Ever (yes, including Radiohead, Bill).  And he may have been influential with a certain lackluster set, but was certainly NOT a superior artist, even for reggae, that most tedious of genres of popular music.  Toots, Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff and a host of others actually wrote songs that didn't all sound alike.  I'm sorry to pop your silly-ass, hip-wannabe bubble - that's a lie, actually I'm not at all sorry - but what Marley stood for was smoking ganga and making money.  His act and lyrics were shaped by dweebs like you that have no savvy, even less musical taste and are instantly entranced by any pseudo-spiritualistic, groovy peace-love&Bobby Sherman hokum that rolls down the road.  I was generous to give him a 2.
 

You don't need to justify your opinions with a load of meaningless, vitriolic declarations. Your opinions do not constitute fact - just your viewpoint. Get over yourself.
 lemmoth wrote:

Only that he was the most important and influential artist in developing a new and unique hybrid form of popular muisc. And he wrote many, many, many amazing songs.  And that he was a dynamic performer and singer who worked first with two other wonderful performing partners and always with some of the best musicians in the world. And that he stood for peace and equality and freedom and spiritual salvation.

Other than that........
 
Sorry, Dude, but Marley is The Most Over-Hyped Act Ever (yes, including Radiohead, Bill).  And he may have been influential with a certain lackluster set, but was certainly NOT a superior artist, even for reggae, that most tedious of genres of popular music.  Toots, Desmond Decker, Jimmy Cliff and a host of others actually wrote songs that didn't all sound alike.  I'm sorry to pop your silly-ass, hip-wannabe bubble - that's a lie, actually I'm not at all sorry - but what Marley stood for was smoking ganga and making money.  His act and lyrics were shaped by dweebs like you that have no savvy, even less musical taste and are instantly entranced by any pseudo-spiritualistic, groovy peace-love&Bobby Sherman hokum that rolls down the road.  I was generous to give him a 2.


Tedium and tediummer.  This guy is endlessly boring and you mullets jump in his boat as fast as you can.  WHAT A BORE!!!!!  He gets a 2.
I push the PSD and get this wonderful song.  It is nice to hear Marley with a simple guitar and outside his usual band.
 tphord wrote:
just don't get the fascination with Marley ...
 
Only that he was the most important and influential artist in developing a new and unique hybrid form of popular muisc. And he wrote many, many, many amazing songs.  And that he was a dynamic performer and singer who worked first with two other wonderful performing partners and always with some of the best musicians in the world. And that he stood for peace and equality and freedom and spiritual salvation.

Other than that........
Another great song from Bob.  Another artist who died too young.
 rdo wrote:

 I am unaware, and sublimley uninterested, in what Mr. Marley deems "mental slavery". 
 
That's the value of art. You don't have accept Marley's definition. You are free to choose your own. That is, unless you still suffer under the chains of mental slavery and are unable to define it for yourself.
Redemption - "...none but ourselves can free our mind." {#Notworthy}
PEACE    2x  10  triple  !!!!
 romeotuma wrote:


In Redemption Song, Marley urges listeners to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds..."  these lines came from a speech by Marcus Garvey in Nova Scotia in October of 1937...

profound...  love it...

 

 
Uh, well, forgive me if I am not 100% up to snuff on the finer parts of the movement, but from what little I know about it, Rastafarians worship one Haile Selassie I, the late monarch, emperor, and high priest of Ethiopia.  Once again, forgive me if this is a controversial statement, but I can worship no human being, and I find the notion repugnant.  I am unaware, and sublimley uninterested, in what Mr. Marley deems "mental slavery".  I have thought long and hard about such things, and I find the notion of worshiping even a god, and going to heaven, the equivalent of desiring some celestial North Korea, where one is damned to all eternity to bow and supplicate oneself before an all-knowing, domineering, Kim Jong Il type of tyrant, from which there is no escape.  Thanks, but, no thanks.  
11 - God
TRIPLE 10!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!{#Clap}
Nice song, lyrics, guitar, everything, nice!
Always good..

Peace! 
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery...none but ourselves can change our mind.....AMEN

Won't you help to sing these songs of freedom. 

Everyday now.....every way now. 

Love.
 tphord wrote:
just don't get the fascination with Marley ...
 

He sings openly of social injustice in his own unique style. Nothing more to it


Bob Marley and The Wailers - "Redemption Song" Live-acustic in studio
Bob Marley - redemption song acustic in studio and the Wailers.

"Bob tu restera a tout jamais le meilleur!!!!  "

"So peaceful. One love. " 
 


just don't get the fascination with Marley ...
The only Bob Marley song I like. But I prefer Joe Strummer's version.


Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Redemption Song

"The first time I heard this song I cried my eyes out - it was just a year after Joe's death and I still couldn't believe he was gone...Listening to this again now I still well up with tears... Joe was no saint but he was truly inspirational and we need more people like him in the world today...The Clash were OUR band and they've never been replaced... Thank you Joe for the life you lived and the music and lyrics you gave us! "  Joeatkins118

 



Thank you, Alouishous, so very much...{#Cheers}{#Sunny}
 calypsus_1 wrote:

bOb marley by ~ska-boum
©2007-2010 ~ska-boum

j'aime beaucoup bob marley il restera graver dans ma memoire

"For the world you are someone, but for someone you are the whole world..."   ~MiLla-inc
.


 
Nice and well said!


bOb marley by ~ska-boum
©2007-2010 ~ska-boum

j'aime beaucoup bob marley il restera graver dans ma memoire

"For the world you are someone, but for someone you are the whole world..."   ~MiLla-inc
.


I dunno, ol dis messianic stuff, man....

 HazzeSwede wrote:
This make's me misty eyed ! Make's me think of things that could have happened.

"The Power Trio"

Marley Lennon Hendrix
 
A bit like the Travelling Willburys don't you think....../!
This make's me misty eyed ! Make's me think of things that could have happened.

"The Power Trio"

Marley Lennon Hendrix
Here is a refreshing take on this, done by the Jamaican saxophonist Dean Fraser
Dean Fraser playing Redemption son on the Sax
Click Here to play
Dean Fraser general photo 

From Wikipedia.... "Fraser appeared at the 1981 Reggae Sunsplash, performing an instrumental version of the recently-deceased Bob Marley's "Redemption Song""

The Best of Reggae Sunsplash


 sirdroseph wrote:
Sure it's overplayed, but it is so good, it doesn't matter.
 
I'm not here all the time, and as I've stated in other posts, I live in a pretty musically-remote place, radio-wise, so stuff like this is rare. RP is my lifeline, and if Bill wants to play "All-Bob, All The Time," I'll happily listen until I, too, can be tired of hearing certain songs overplayed. I totally agree with sirdroseph - it's so good, it doesn't matter... {#Bounce}
I DO have fear of the atomic energy
 Mandible wrote:

i read he converted from rasta to christian on his deathbed?  Anyone else hear this? Any truth to it?


 

Bah. I can't find any *real* evidence, but some christians have claimed that almost every public figure, from Darwin to Sagan had some sort of "deathbed confession". I don't know why they do that..perhaps some christians have less "faith" than others, and need to hear stories like that.
 bokey wrote:


   I heard he was alive and working at a Pizza Hut in Scottsdale.

 
Bob actually worked for a while at the Chrysler plant in Wilmington, DE - driving a forklift.

This is God-like. Boo on the stations to that overplay this tune *ad nauseum.*
Just for a moment, before yer man started singing, I thought the intro was that of Half Man Half Biscuit's "Trumpton Riots". I'll get over the disappointment ;)
Sure it's overplayed, but it is so good, it doesn't matter.
I had to log on just to make sure I rated this one. {#Notworthy} Thank you, Bob.

I refuse to score this less than 9 but it's so overplayed, I have to mute it (and all Marley.)
And if I hear one more busker singing this....

Ziggy Marley & The Chieftains - "Redemption Song" Live (2001)

Bob Marley and The Wailers - "Redemption Song" Live-acustic in studio
Bob Marley - redemption song acustic in studio and the Wailers.

"I listen Bob Marely since 1997 when i was 8y.old :) in Afrika"

"Bob tu restera a tout jamais le meilleur!!!!  "

"So peaceful. One love. " 


Love this!  Nice to start my work day with this perfect song.
 Mandible wrote:

i read he converted from rasta to christian on his deathbed?  Anyone else hear this? Any truth to it?


 

   I heard he was alive and working at a Pizza Hut in Scottsdale.

Jah mon. Internet lighters up in the air...

PS. Who the heck voted this a Suck Barfo up top? Wow...

 thilo wrote:

That's got to be one of the weirdest comments I've ever read here, and that's saying something.  Peace.  {#Meditate}
 
It actually does sound like da faderland tune at the beginning.  bizarre juxtaposition given the majesty and meaning of this great song but,,,

yes yes yes

 
shawshank wrote:
Ahhhh..... good for the soul. {#Roflol}
 


Ahhhh..... good for the soul. {#Roflol}
Never gets old.  This song always has me singing along (poorly, but singing along).
 thilo wrote:

That's got to be one of the weirdest comments I've ever read here, and that's saying something.  Peace.  {#Meditate}
 
More Bob, then, Deutschland, Deutsschland über alles. my dear!


{#Whistle}{#Cowboy} {#Heartkiss}
NO one can stop the time!!
 rcurrier wrote:
Every time this begins, I think the melody is "Deutschland Uber Alles".

Maybe that's just me... 
 
That's got to be one of the weirdest comments I've ever read here, and that's saying something.  Peace.  {#Meditate}


Every time this begins, I think the melody is "Deutschland Uber Alles".

Maybe that's just me... 
Jah, mon...Classic.
Joe Strummer also made good cover of this.
{#Meditate}

So quietly powerful.

i read he converted from rasta to christian on his deathbed?  Anyone else hear this? Any truth to it?


Always gives me goosebumps
 Bridieboo wrote:
I'm not a fan of Bob Marley but I really like this song.
 
I like Bob and this song too,a very nice version has also been recorded live, by Manfred Mann !{#Sunny}

 calypsus_1 wrote:
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 and of the almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever have:
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? ooh!
Some say its just a part of it:
Weve got to fulfil de book.

Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
—-
/guitar break/
—-
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! have no fear for atomic energy,
cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? 
Yes, some say its just a part of it:
Weve got to fulfil de book.
Wont you help to sing
Dese songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

in album on studio* by Bob Marley & The Wailers"Uprising" (1980)

* As Bob Marley died the following year, "Uprising" was to become the final studio album to be released during his lifetime.

remembering mr. Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley

** 10 **

  Thanks very much - now I can sing along properly!  Best BM track


chills, as poignant now as ever...50 years from now, sadly the same.
hooray hooray and blinkin flippin hooray again for Mr Marley
I'm not a fan of Bob Marley but I really like this song.
 aquinas wrote:
Wow. This is the first Marley song I've heard that I actually like.
 
Not hard to find. Start with "No Woman No Cry", then listen to Babylon by Bus, to get a sense of how powerful, and great, he was live!

ANTHEMIC{#Exclaim}


One of my favorite songs of all time . . . SO powerful . . . gives me chills everytime I hear it . . . the power of music . . .
Wow. This is the first Marley song I've heard that I actually like.

Bob is a legend.


Quiet, yet powerful. IMO, Bob's best.

Ten, but just because it won't go any higher.

Is it just me, or are most of the haters at RP whining about voices and proficiency on an instrument while ignoring lyrics & passion?

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 and of the almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever have:
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? ooh!
Some say its just a part of it:
Weve got to fulfil de book.

Wont you help to sing
These songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.
—-
/guitar break/
—-
Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.
Wo! have no fear for atomic energy,
cause none of them-a can-a stop-a the time.
How long shall they kill our prophets,
While we stand aside and look? 
Yes, some say its just a part of it:
Weve got to fulfil de book.
Wont you help to sing
Dese songs of freedom? -
cause all I ever had:
Redemption songs -
All I ever had:
Redemption songs:
These songs of freedom,
Songs of freedom.

in album on studio* by Bob Marley & The Wailers"Uprising" (1980)

* As Bob Marley died the following year, "Uprising" was to become the final studio album to be released during his lifetime.

remembering mr. Robert "Bob" Nesta Marley

** 10 **



If any tune ever deserved an 11, this is it. We miss you Bob.
I just listened to Thursday's Democracy Now, and they played an audio clip from demonstrations outside the last presidential debate at Hofstra Uni.  People were chanting and cheering until the police on horseback plowed into the crowd.  Several protesters were injured quite seriously.  Haunting... We need redemption Bob!
Maybe Bob's greatest gift. A classic, 10.
 redtex wrote:
Anyway...what's wrong w/ some Bob? 'specially this wonderful tune?
 
Some Bob is okay.  Bob twice a day, three times a day, every day?  That's juuuuust a tad much, imho.

Wardleader wrote:
:sunny: :guitarist: :bananajam: :drummer: :hug: Bob, we miss you, we miss songs of freedom, we miss freedom
I miss people that know how good they have it.
Yeah, I don't get why Bob's pro nukuler.
One of the few Marley tunes I can still handle. Got burnt out on him years ago.
Hallo mother Afrika