Bob Marley and the Wailers’ 1973 album Catch a Fire was their fifth, but it feels like a starting point. It was their first album with the Island label, and the first to have the distinctive instrumentation and production with which casual fans are familiar.
If you’ve owned and loved the classic Legend collection, those songs started here.
On Catch a Fire, Marley explored political topics on songs such as ‘Slave Driver’ and today’s track, ‘Concrete Jungle,’ which paints the urban black experience as just a step above slavery. But the album also featured one of Marley’s classic love songs, ‘Stir It Up.’
Wailer Peter Tosh wrote and sang lead vocals on two tracks. Later this year, he was in a car accident that killed his girlfriend and left him with a fractured skull. He left the band the following year to embark on a solo career. In 1987, he was tortured, shot and killed during a robbery.
Things didn’t turn out so great for Bob Marley, either.
No sun will shine in my day today
(No sun will shine)
The high yellow moon won’t come out to play
(That high yellow moon won’t come out to play)
I said darkness has covered my light (Darkness has covered my light)
And has changed my day into night, yeah (And has changed my day into night)
Where is the love to be found ?
Won’t someone tell me ?
Cause life (Sweet life)
Must be somewhere to be found (Has got to be, out there somewhere for me)
Instead of concrete jungle (Jungle, jungle, jungle)
Where the living is hardest (Concrete jungle)
Concrete jungle (Concrete jungle, jungle, jungle)
Man, you’ve got to do your best (Concrete jungle)
No chains around my feet but I’m not free
I know I am bound here in captivity
Yeah, now (Never know what happiness is)
I’ve never known happiness
I’ve never known what sweet caress is (Never know what sweet caress is)
Still, I’ll be always laughing like a clown
Won’t someone help me ?
Cause I (Sweet life, has got to be)
I’ve got to pick myself from off the ground
(Out there somewhere for me)
In this here concrete jungle (Jungle, jungle, jungle)
I said, what do you got for me now (Concrete jungle)
Oh ! Concrete jungle (Concrete jungle, jungle, jungle)
Why won’t you let me be, now ? (Concrete jungle)
I said that life (Sweet life)
It must be somewhere to be found (Has got to be out there somewhere for me)
Oh, instead of concrete jungle (Jungle, jungle, jungle)
Illusion (concrete, jungle !)
Confusion (Concrete, jungle !)
Eh ! Concrete jungle
You name it, you’ve got it in
Concrete jungle, now (Concrete jungle)
Eh ! Concrete jungle (Jungle, jungle, jungle)
What do you got for me, now ?