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Bob Marley – Rat Race lyrics

Uh! Ya too rude!
Uh! Eh! What a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
Oh, what a rat race!
This is the rat race! Rat race! (Rat race!)

Some a lawful, some a bastard, some a jacket:
Oh, what a rat race, yeah! Rat race!

Some a gorgon-a, some a hooligan-a, some a guine-gog-a
In this 'ere rat race, yeah!
Rat race!
I'm singin' that
When the cat's away,
The mice will play.
Political voilence fill ya city, ye-ah!
Don't involve Rasta in your say say;
Rasta don't work for no C. I. A.
Rat race, rat race, rat race! Rat race, I'm sayin':
When you think is peace and safety:
A sudden destruction.
Collective security for surety, ye-ah!

Don't forget your history;
Know your destiny:
In the abundance of water,
The fool is thirsty.
Rat race, rat race, rat race!

Rat race!
Oh, it's a disgrace
To see the human-race
In a rat race, rat race!
You got the horse race;
You got the dog race;
You got the human-race;
But this is a rat race, rat race!

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    This song is essentially about the about the economic structure. Rat race as a statement could apply to the movement of caged rats running on a wheel. It really applies to how the people are governed. I think that rasta dont' work for the cia refers to rasta not being an active part of a system that exploits humanity (akin to judas in his betrayal of christ under the agency of the jewish government). He speaks of the human race to emphasize the point that the system is dehumanizing. This is a rat race. You could even look at how the ghetto is organized to exploit the poor who are housed in a cities projects (experiments). Social dynamics of exploitative processes as employed by both internal and external factors. How the system awards those that exploit people pertains to the concept of a rat race. You could at it as a trifling competition if you thought little of rats. The way people are placed in opposition against each other for access to resources and the turmoil that ensues. Rat race.
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