Bob Marley - Get Up, Stand Up - 1975

Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" (1975)

Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up" is a song that has transcended its time, becoming an anthem for human rights and social activism. Released in 1975, it was a part of the album Natty Dread and was written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh. This song is not just a piece of music; it is a rallying cry that has inspired generations.

Background and Influence

  1. Origin: Explore the origins of "Get Up, Stand Up" within the context of the political and social environment of Jamaica in the 1970s.
  2. Collaboration: Understand the collaboration between Bob Marley and Peter Tosh in creating this song.
  3. Global Impact: Delve into how "Get Up, Stand Up" became a global anthem for human rights and its influence on various movements.

Musical Composition

  1. Genre and Style: Learn about the genre of reggae and how "Get Up, Stand Up" fits into this musical style.
  2. Lyrics and Themes: Analyze the lyrics of the song and discuss the themes of activism, freedom, and resistance.
  3. Musical Techniques: Discover the musical techniques used in the song, such as its rhythm, melody, and instrumentation.

Quiz: Questions on the Song

What album features "Get Up, Stand Up"? (Natty Dread) (!Catch a Fire) (!Rastaman Vibration) (!Exodus)

Who co-wrote "Get Up, Stand Up" with Bob Marley? (Peter Tosh) (!Bunny Wailer) (!Lee "Scratch" Perry) (!Jimmy Cliff)

In what year was "Get Up, Stand Up" released? (1975) (!1973) (!1977) (!1980)

What genre does "Get Up, Stand Up" belong to? (Reggae) (!Rock) (!Soul) (!Jazz)

What is the primary theme of "Get Up, Stand Up"? (Human rights and activism) (!Love and peace) (!Spiritual beliefs) (!Life in Jamaica)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

In which country was Bob Marley born? (Jamaica) (!Brazil) (!Nigeria) (!United States)

What is Bob Marley's full name? (Robert Nesta Marley) (!Robert James Marley) (!Bob Edward Marley) (!Nesta Robert Marley)

Which band was Bob Marley associated with? (The Wailers) (!Steel Pulse) (!Black Uhuru) (!Third World)

What other famous song did Bob Marley perform? ("No Woman, No Cry") (!"Buffalo Soldier") (!"Redemption Song") (!"One Love")

In which year did Bob Marley pass away? (1981) (!1978) (!1983) (!1985)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

Which phrase is repeated in the chorus of "Get Up, Stand Up"? (Get up, stand up: stand up for your rights!) (!Get up, stand up: don’t give up the fight!) (!Stand up, get up: the future is bright!) (!Rise up, stand up: keep the dream in sight!)

The lyrics "Preacher man, don't tell me" refers to criticism of what? (Religious hypocrisy) (!Political corruption) (!Racial injustice) (!Economic inequality)

Which line from the song speaks about self-empowerment? ("You can fool some people sometimes, but you can't fool all the people all the time") (!"Life is your right, so we can't give up the fight") (!"We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game") (!"Stand up for your right!")

What does the line "We sick an' tired of-a your ism-skism game" imply? (Critique of divisive politics and ideologies) (!Fatigue from economic struggles) (!Resistance to social norms) (!Rejection of traditional beliefs)

In the context of the song, what does the phrase "Don't give up the fight" encourage? (Perseverance in the struggle for justice and freedom) (!Continuing personal battles) (!Fighting against personal adversaries) (!Overcoming personal failures)


Bob Marley Reggae Icon
1975 Year of Release
"Get Up, Stand Up" Human Rights Anthem
Natty Dread Album
Peter Tosh Co-writer

Open Tasks


  1. Research Bob Marley's Early Life: Look up information about Bob Marley's early life and influences in Jamaica.
  2. Listen and Reflect: Listen to "Get Up, Stand Up" and write down your initial thoughts and feelings about the song.


  1. Analyze the Lyrics: Analyze the lyrics of "Get Up, Stand Up" and discuss its themes of activism and human rights.
  2. Reggae Music Study: Explore the genre of reggae music and how "Get Up, Stand Up" fits within it.


  1. Explore the Global Impact: Research and present how "Get Up, Stand Up" has influenced various human rights movements globally.
  2. Compare and Contrast: Compare "Get Up, Stand Up" with another protest song from a different artist or genre and discuss their similarities and differences.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Influence: Explain how "Get Up, Stand Up" reflects the social and political climate of the 1970s.
  2. Genre Influence: Discuss how reggae music, particularly songs like "Get Up, Stand Up," has influenced other music genres.
  3. Message in Music: Debate the effectiveness of music as a tool for social and political change, using "Get Up, Stand Up" as an example.
  4. Comparative Analysis: Compare the themes in "Get Up, Stand Up" to those in another Bob Marley song.
  5. Cultural Impact: Discuss the cultural impact of Bob Marley's music, focusing on "Get Up, Stand Up."

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