One World is Enough

Happy Marley Monday. I’ve been celebrating Marley Monday for a few years now, and I try to listen and consider his music and message for our world every Monday. More recently I’ve begun to listen to the music made by Marley’s sons, in particular Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Damien Marley, and Ky-Mani Marley. Not only is this exposing me to more forms of music–Ziggy is more lighthearted than Stephen, while Damien trends toward rap or hip-hop rather than reggae and Ky-Mani seems more in the dancehall vein with an eclectic mix of sounds overall–its exposing me to the more recent messages that these artists are disseminating with their influence.

Today for the first time I heard a song played by Ziggy Marley and Sting called “One World is Enough” that speaks to many of the issues covered in the postcolonial class just wrapping up this week. If you have the chance to listen to this song please do. Since the embed code provided by Grooveshark doesn’t work, please try this link to listen: http://grooveshark.com/s/One+World+Not+Three/3XwTKC?src=5

It may seem a million miles away
But it gets a little closer everyday
It may seem a million miles away
But it gets a little closer everyday (x2)

One world is enough
For all of us
One world is enough
For all of us (x2)

It’s a subject we rarely mention
But when we do we have this little invention
By pretending they’re a different world from me
I show my responsibility

One world is enough
For all of us
One world is enough
For all of us (x2)

Lines are drawn upon the world
Before we get our flags unfurled
Whichever one we pick
It’s just a self deluding trick

One world is enough
For all of us
One world is enough
For all of us (x2)

It may seem a million miles away
But it gets a little closer everyday
It may seem a million miles away
But it gets a little closer everyday (x2)

One world is enough
For all of us
One world is enough
For all of us (x2)

In the empire of the senses
You’re the queen of all you survey
All the cities all the nations
Everything that falls your way
There is a deeper world than this
That you don’t understand
There is a deeper world that this
Tugging at your hand

Every ripple on the ocean
Every leaf on every tree
Every sand dune in the desert
Every power we never see
There is a deeper wave than this
Swelling in the world
There is a deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

Feel it rising in the city
Feel it sweeping over land
Over borders, over frontiers
Nothing will its power withstand
There is no deeper wave than this
Rising in the world
There is no deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

One world is enough
One world is enough
One world is enough
For all of us (x2)

I say love is the seventh wave…

Every ripple on the ocean
Every leaf on every tree
Every sand dune in the desert
Every power we never see

All the bloodshed all the anger
All the weapons all the greed
All the armies all the missiles
All the symbols of that fear
There is a deeper wave than this
Rising in the world
There is a deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

There is a deeper wave than this
Rising in the world
There is a deeper wave than this
Listen to me girl

I say love is the seventh wave…

One world is enough
One world is enough
One world is enough
For all of us (x2)

This rejection of the stratified world theories that subordinate the Third under the First World and the hopeful message of love in this song is nonetheless sobering. It wasn’t long ago when this song arrived, but it gives me hope to know that the message it holds about our modern state of affairs may persist through artists like the Marley sons and, a surprise to me, Sting. If this seems too antiquated to be useful, I offer a newer song from Ziggy’s Dragonfly (2003) that, I’ll admit, has made me tear up and even cry on occasion. It’s a gorgeous but devastating song, so truthful in its reflection of the beautiful tragedy that is our mortal life and the mortality of the Earth. Ziggy helps us see why we shouldn’t hasten the planet to its death through mindless resource exploitation and destruction of the nature that sustains us. The comments on the YouTube video are pretty awesome too, representing the whole range from blithe acceptance and dogmatic rejection of this music (both, sometimes, finding sustenance in debate about marijuana use).

Happy Marley Monday!

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