André Almeida
What does "for rights" mean? Please, what exactly does "for rights" mean. I've seen this in a song that calls "So much things to say". See the sentence below: I'll never forget no way they crucified Jesus Christ. I'll never forget no way they stolen Marcus Garvey for rights. I'll never forget no way they turned their back on Paul Boggle. So don't you forget your younger. Who you are and where you stand in the struggle.
Feb 2, 2016 11:15 PM
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First of all, you need to know that a lot of popular music is not written in standard English. Bob Marley's lyrics contain features of Jamaican dialect, so it's not the best way to learn English! The other thing you should realise is that the lyrics that you read online are often wrong, because they've been transcribed and posted by fans who may have misheard what was being sung. As for this line, I believe the correct lyrics are 'They sold Marcus Garvey for rice.' I've listened to the song, and that is what he seems to be singing.
February 2, 2016
"They sold Marcus Garvey for rice." The legend is that someone informed on him for food. If you're curious, look up "baggawire" and garvey. Lyrics pages often get it wrong.
February 2, 2016
They sold marcus Garvey for rice :) you got a typo or misheard it or got the lyrics from an unreliable source
February 2, 2016
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André Almeida
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