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(Scoop, scoop, scoop, scoo-doo;
Scoop, scoop wa-doo.)
Up a cane river to wash my dread;
Upon a rock I rest my head.
There I vision through the seas of oppression, oh-oo-wo!
Don't make my life a prison.

We come from Trench Town, Trench Town (Trenchtown) -
Most of them come from Trench Town.
We free the people with music (sweet music);
Can we free the people with music (sweet music)?
Can we free our people with music? - With music,
With music, oh music!

Oh-y, my head,
In desolate places we'll find our bread,
And everyone see what's taking place, oh-oo-wo! -
Another page in history.

We come from Trench Town,
Come from Trench Town;
We come from Trench Town.
Lord we free the people with music (sweet music);
We free the people with music (sweet music);
We free our people with music,
With music, oh music (oh music)!

They say it's hard to speak;
They feel so strong to say we are weak;
But through the eyes the love of our people, oh-oo-wo!
They've got to repay.

We come from (Trenchtown) Trench Town;
We come from (Trenchtown) Trench Town;
Trench - Trench Town (Trenchtown).
They say, "Can anything good come out of Trench Town?"
(Trench - Trenchtown)
That's what they say, (Trenchtown); (Trench - Trenchtown)
Say (Trench - Trenchtown) we're the underprivileged people,
So (Trenchtown) they keep us in chains:
"Pay (Trench - Trenchtown) - pay - pay tribute to -" (Trenchtown).
We come from (Trench - Trenchtown);
We come from (Trench - Trenchtown);
Just because we come from Trench Town.
Not because we come from Trench Town;
Just because we come from (Trenchtown). /fadeout/

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    willowindJan 31, 2011 at 4:32 am
    Marley's lyrics have a lot of references to the Bible ~ but with an unusual interpretation! He sees indigenous peoples as similar to the Israelites, who were slaves & then exiles wandering in the desert. The Lord fed them manna, a kind of bread, in the desert. "In desolate places we'll find our bread." Freeing the people "with music" is a reference, elaborated in other of Marley's songs, to the victory of the Israelites over the walled city of Jericho ~ obeying the Lord, all they had to do was march around the city playing music praising God. It makes the oppressors feel superior ("strong") to call the others "weak". Feeling proud by putting others down "goeth before a fall." The oppressors (whom Marley calls "Babylon") must eventually fall (or "repay").

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