Song of the Day #5,087: ‘Buffalo Soldier’ – Bob Marley and the Wailers

1980’s Uprising was the last album Bob Marley recorded and released before his death, but it wasn’t the final Bob Marley and the Wailers’ release. That distinction goes to Confrontation, a collection released two years after his death.

Confrontation‘s tracklist is compiled of unreleased tracks from later in Marley’s career, including some demos that were given fuller production and new backing vocals. As such, it’s hard to consider it a true Bob Marley album.

Of course, Marley proved over his decade-plus career that he wasn’t really capable of writing bad songs, so this is still a highly listenable record. The one essential song here is ‘Buffalo Soldier,’ and its inclusion warrants the release of this otherwise unnecessary album.

[Verse 1]
Buffalo soldier, dreadlocked rasta
There was a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival

I mean it, when I analyse the stench
To me it makes a lot of sense
How the dreadlocked rasta was a Buffalo Soldier

[Verse 2]
And he was taken from Africa, brought to America
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Said it was a Buffalo Soldier, dreadlocked Rasta
Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America

[Verse 3]
If you know your history
Then you would know where you’re coming from
Then you wouldn’t have to ask me
Who the ‘eck do I think I am

[Verse 4]
I’m just a Buffalo Soldier in the heart of America
Stolen from Africa, brought to America
Said he was fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Said he was a Buffalo Soldier, in the war for America

Said he, woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy!
Woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy!

[Verse 5]
Buffalo Soldier troddin’ through the land, wo-ho-ooh!
Said he want to ran and then you want a hand
Troddin’ through the land, yea-hea, yea-ea

Said he was a Buffalo Soldier in the war for America
Buffalo Soldier, dreadlocked Rasta
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Driven from the mainland to the heart of the Caribbean
Said he, woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy!
Woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy!

[Verse 6]
Trodding through San Juan
In the arms of America
Trodding through Jamaica, a Buffalo Soldier
Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival
Buffalo Soldier, dreadlock rasta

Woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy
Woy yoy yoy yoy, yoy yoy-yoy yoy!

One thought on “Song of the Day #5,087: ‘Buffalo Soldier’ – Bob Marley and the Wailers

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m certainly familiar with today’s SOTD from Marley’s greatest hits album. Another classic.

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