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You a-go tired fe see me face;
Can't get me out of the race.
Oh, man, you said I'm in your place
And then you draw bad cyard -
A-make you draw bad cyard,
And then you draw bad cyard.

Propaganda spreading over my name;
Say you wanna bring another life to shame.
Oh, man, you just a-playing a game
And then you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);
A-make you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);
A-make you draw bad cyard.

I want to disturb my neighbour,
'Cause I'm feelin' so right;
I want to turn up my disco,
Blow them to full watts tonight, eh! -
In a rub-a-dub style, in a rub-a-dub style,
In a rub-a-dub style, in a rub-a-dub style.

'Cause we guarding the palace so majestic;
Guarding the palace so realistic!

Them a-go tired to see we face (oh yeah!),
Me say them can't get we out of the race;
Oh, man, it's just a big disgrace.
The way you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);
The way you make wrong moves (make wrong moves);
The way you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);
A-make you draw bad cyard (draw bad cyard);
A-make you draw bad cyard -
In a rub-a-dub style, rub-a-dub style,
In a rub-a-dub style - /fadeout/

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    UnregisteredMay 22, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    Although they killed him in the end even in the beginningthey wanted to take him out r. I. P legend nesta marley u'll remain 4ever in our hearts i write this while cryin the lord will settle the score one day one time no matter how dey rob da palace it will remain guarded majestically...
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    UnregisteredSep 15, 2011 at 12:53 am
    Firstly, Life is depicted as a game throughout. This is perhaps not a message, but it is how Marley saw things. Secondly, not only does he see it as a game, but he sees it being played as a 'race'. The song is about how in life, or metaphorically, the game, people try to get rid of Marley (they're tired of still seeing his face) with their competing, but he's still ahead of them (he's still in their place). The use of the concept of a game has various ideas attatched to it, firstly, that it is not real or important and secondly, that it is related to money, gambling and profit. In other words, Marley is speaking out against the illusory world of profit and money which is just an illusion and instead he is guarding the palace 'so realistic' which sees beyond the game. In this game, everyone draws bad cards, it appears. Marley himself is a 'bad card', which needs to be dealt with, and so people 'spread propaganda' over his name to try and out-compete him. But when Marley gets dealt a bad card in this game, he turns up his music and 'in a rub-a-dub style' (Rub-a-dub is a type of card vanish) his problems in the mere game vanish. That is to say, he is not caught up in the illusion- the game- so the bad cards don't mean anything to him... they simply vanish.
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    UnregisteredJul 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    Back in the 1980 General Elections in Jamaica, JBC-TV aired a PNP (Government) campaign ad using Bob's 'Bad Card' - with or without his permission, I really don't know - but I remember that the ad featured a view of Jamaica House when the song reached: 'Cause we're guardin' the palace so majestic/ Guardin' the palace so realistic...' The idea of the campaign ad was: the JLP couldn't 'get We the PNP government outta da race...' - but it did. Seaga's victory, at least at that moment.
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    UnregisteredJan 1, 2014 at 6:25 am
    Nesta speaks in a great deal of parables and wisdom while teaching us love togetherness an Godliness. In Bad Card, Nesta is addressing the evil establishments everywhere and anywhere in the world with defiance 'cant get me out of the race'. He sees through their deception and corruption and tells the they are just 'playing a game' with the poor masses. He sees their lies and propaganda to discredit him and fool the people. He instructs them its a 'big disgrace the way you draw bad card', here bad card refers to all the political, religious etc intrigues and shady deals. He shows his characteristic militancy and freedom fighting uprising spirit with reggae music the songs of freedom he tells the oppressors 'cos we guarding the palace so majestic', here 'the palace' means our lives, our pride and being our community where we live together. 'Guarding the palace so realistic' also tells the evil people that we are effective in guarding or protecting our own. With Reggae music and the Uprising style 'in a rub-a-dub style'. ROBERT BOB NESTA MARLEY, YOU ARE MY HERO, I LOVE YOU EVERYDAY. JAH BLESS. Roland Eze Ohaeri. Bad Card simply points out the intrigues and ill-actions of those in power or authority, and the decision we must make to resist them and claim our victory, no matter how much they hate to see our face or play their evil games and propaganda. Thank you Nesta for this inspiration and call to action.
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    UnregisteredJun 24, 2012 at 11:05 am
    I have been led to believe that bad card is about one of marley's managers/agents deception.. Deception that was only exposed by their own greed and sloppiness. Playing smart and not being clever.

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