Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bob Marley - Iron Lion Zion

Although the song was written and recorded somewhere in 1973 or 1974, it was first released in 1992, eleven years after Marley's death.

The song's lyrics are directly related to Rastafarian beliefs. Zion is "the promised land", in the song referring to Ethiopia. The lion refers to the Lion of Judah, which appeared on the old royal Ethiopian flag, and represents Haile Selassie I, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah.

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