Certain Songs #110: Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Trenchtown Rock”

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Album: African Herbsman.

Year: 1971.

It’s the manifesto, and one of the greatest thesis statements any musician has ever put out there:

One good thing about music: when it hits, you feel no pain.
One good thing about music: when it hits, you feel no pain.

And then, for the rest of the 2:58 of “Trench Town Rock”, Bob Marley & The Wailers demonstrate exactly what they’re singing about, joyously trading off vocals. Bob is so totally painless, he’s practically scatting while Peter and Bunny chant “grooving grooving grooving grooving!”

But of course, it’s deeper than that: music is physical, and by pleading and begging to be hit with music (at one point, Bob even asks to be “brutalized,”) he’s basically saying that he prefers the violence of being hit by music than the violence being hit by anything else. 

Music is a drug. Music is a defense. Music is life.

Fan made video for “Trenchtown Rock”

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