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One Drop Chords


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submitted by: Al Kent Aldiano

Jah live!!

From the "Survival" album, this was released in Jamaica as a single, becoming a big hit.
The song is a further call for unity: Bob is saying he wont' deal with any other
philosophy than the teachings of His Majesty.

                    G          Em
Feel it in the one drop
C                             D
And we'll still find time to rap
                       G       Em
We're making the one stop
C                D
The generation gap
                    G           Em
So feel this drum beat
 C               D          
As it beats within
             G       Em
Playing a rhythm 
C                        D
resisting against the system
        G        Em               C
Ooh-we I know Jah'd never let us down
C                       D
Pull your rights from wrong
 G       Em              C
I know Jah'd never let us down
Oh no! oh no! oh no!


G                        Em
They made the world so hard
  C                      D
Everyday the people are dying
 G                  Em        C            D
From hunger and starvation,          lamentation 
G                Em
But read it in Revelation
C                     D
You'll find your redemption
G                                            Em
And then you give us the teaching of His Majesty
       C                      D
For we no want no devil philosophy

                     G         Em
Feel it on the one drop   
C                          D
And we still find time to rap
                      G           Em
We're making the one stop
C                   D
And we fill in the gap
                   G          Em
So feel this drum beat
C             D        G               Em
As it beats within, playing a rhythm
C                          D
Fighting against ism and skism 
=====E n J O Y!!==========
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Posterboy wrote on May 17 2005, 12:00 am

Thanks to the person who transcribed the chords to "One Drop". Words seem pretty accurate but the transcriber's interpretations appears to be 100% wrong, especially the bit about Marley accepting only the teachings of 'His Majesty'. Wake up! It actually means the opposite.

Here's a tiny bit of history on Jamaica and where Bob Marley grew up: Jamaica was an English colony where students were taught that belief in the supremacy of the King of England (His Majesty) was the supreme philosophy. Marley says that these colonists (the English) "made the world so hard" (just read the lyrics!) that Jah is the way and the other beliefs suggested by the repressors are just a Devil's philosophy.

Okay, like, now go back to your patchuli and joints and resume dancing...whoaaaa! Dude! huhh-huhh....

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Mistermark wrote on June 6 2007, 01:58 pm

Actually, His Majesty means Emperor Haile Sellasie of Ethiopia, who in Rastafari beleif was the eincarnation of Jesus Christ and God on earth. Nice attempt at sounding intellectual tho.

btw man, chords sound great, perhaps wrong tone tho.

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mzsizzurpp wrote on November 14 2007, 08:24 am

Chords are . . .

C Am F G

sweet! take care

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