Bob Marley has been revered for decades, his legendary music reaching across boundaries of geographic location, race, class, and gender. His lyrics continue to inspire people. Often, the first songs that come to mind are Redemption Song and Three Little Birds but there are many other songs that uplift our spirits and give us the will to carry on triumphantly.

Number One: One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain / So hit me with music, hit me with music. Bob Marley had a deep love for music and truly lived his passion. It was a gift for the world, and they way he spoke and sang about music is an inspiration to follow dreams and make a difference.

Number Two: I rule my destiny, yeah / I rule my destiny / I rule my destiny. It’s clear that he believed in affirmations. His songs are full of them, and these lyrics from “Put It On” are clear and to the point.

Number Three: In this great future, you can’t forget your past / So dry your tears, I see. It’s important to remember the past and learn from it, but Bob Marley didn’t recommend tears of what has been. These lyrics from “No Woman No Cry” exemplify this.

Number Four: Satisfy my soul, let the day begin / Make the evening roll, let the big sky in / Satisfy my heart, it’s so good to feel / Love is all around, and all the hurt will heal. Like many of Bob Marley’s lyrics, these words from “Satisfy My Soul” are almost like a mantra. This verse is a great way to start the day.

Number Five: Take it easy (easy skankin’) / Lord, I take it easy (easy skankin’) / Take it easy (easy skankin’) / Got to take it easy (easy skankin’). Sometimes you just need to take a break. “Easy Skanking” is all about relaxation and rejuvenating the mind, body, and spirit.

Number Six: Bless my eyes this morning / Jah sun is on the rise once again / The way earthly thin’s are goin’ / Anything can happen. These lyrics are full of hope. Like the rising sun, they are suggestive of endless possibilities.

Number Seven: One of Bob Marley’s Best – Wake up and live, y’all, / Wake up and live / Wake up and live now / Wake up and live. Not one for merely existing, Bob Marley used his music to encourage people to truly live their lives. “Wake Up and Live” is the most perfect example of this. A role model and motivator well beyond his years, Bob Marley left us with hours and hours of inspirational words in his music. The beat makes us want to keep listening, and the lyrics push us to keep living our best lives.

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