"Money can't buy life."
~ Bob Marley, who left this Earth on this day, May 11, 1981.
He had cancer, and he knew he did not have much time. He wrote "Redemption Song," one of his finest songs. According to his wife, "he was already secretly in a lot of pain" and this song dealt with his own mortality. The song urges listeners to "Emancipate yourself from mental slavery," because "None but ourselves can free our minds."
He probably should have treated the cancer, when he had the chance, but he had continued touring and writing his songs, continuing to preach "OneLove."
He would say, “The people who were trying to make this world worse are not taking the day off. Why should I?”
Now, he just wanted to go home, to complete his journey where it all started, in Jamaica. He left Europe and got to Florida, but could not make it to the land that he loved. He was only 36.
His final words to his son Ziggy were "Money can't buy life."
Still adored by the people of Jamaica, Marley was given a hero's sendoff with more than 30,000 people paying their respects to him while his body was lying in state at the National Arena.
He had only one wish, one ambition, "y'know. I only have one thing I really like to see happen. I like to see mankind live together - black, white, Chinese, everyone - that's all.”
BIG UP for the memories.....