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A Poem Tribute: Remembering The Legend That Was Bob Marley

Updated on January 6, 2016
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A Poem Tribute: Remembering The Legend That Was Bob Marley

One Love

He was an island son, named Robert Nesta

Bob Marley, the dreadlock rasta

Majestic mane pranced like tentacles across his shoulder

Who the 'eck did they think he was? He was a buffalo soldier

They say he shot the sheriff, the world catch a fire

Trench town rocked, and the flame spread higher

Spiritual Ethiopian devoted Rastafarian

His reggae beats, pure native Jamaican


The lion's cub roared, and the world danced

He touched our hearts and left us entranced

His easy skanking enthralled a generation

Opening hearts with his positive vibration

Triumphantly, he captured the imagination

Freeing our minds with his songs of redemption

He knew what life was worth; he saw the light

All too soon, came the call to give up the fight

His mission concluded, Natty dread flew home

Jamaica bends down low for one of its own

But they lively up themselves in one love

Because, this is love!

He's gone, but everything is gonna be alright

He's making sweet music up there tonight


See the three little birds flying high in the sky

Ride Natty Ride, shake your locks as you pass by


And no woman, no cry

No woman; no cry


Remembering Bob Marley. ( February 6th, 1945 to May 11th, 1981)


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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Kiss and Tales, I'm thrilled to know that my poem moved you to want to find out more about Bob Marley. I guess he lived a colourful life, but for me it is all about the music. It's good that some of his children have followed in his footsteps. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment, much appreciated. My best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Audrey, thank you for stopping by. Bob Marley touched so many of us with his music, may he rest easy.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Interesting hub on Bob Marley, I continued research on him , and when he died , from cancer , in 1981, he died in his thirties, he had 9 children by 9 different women , and sons and a daughters that sing and perform as he did. Beautiful Children,

      Thanks Your hub moved me to find out more about him .

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Love him! This was a great tribute to him!!!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Anemixflarie, It's lovely to see you, thanks for taking a look at the poem. A legend indeed! The man and his music will never be forgotten.

      Best wishes to you.

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      Anemix 2 years ago

      he really is a legend! thank you for taking the time to write about him! loved it! I was in Jamaica a while back and I visited his house, which is a museum, oh my you can still see him there :) voted up and awesome!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Missy, Bob Marley certainly made his mark, but like so many great singers and musicians, he was taken much too soon. However, the music lives on. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. I love your choice of songs and appreciate the vote. Every time I think I've found my favourite B M track, I remember another. Powerful music, what a great way to travel back in time!

      I'm so glad to know that the poem touched you. Take care now, my very best to you.

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      Missy Smith 2 years ago from Florida

      Absolutely love this poem!!! I mean who isn't a fan of Bob, right?! He was an awesome presence on this earth. I don't even know how to put into words how much this poem moved me. You have written a great tribute to a great legend. I could hardly pick between my two favorite songs of his on the poll you posted. I picked "The Redemption Song," but I almost had to go with "No Woman, No Cry." Voting Up....:)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Ann, how nice of you to stop by! I'm currently taking some time out, but I do pop in now and again to try to catch up. Yes, Bob Marley's music crosses many barriers, Whether you're into reggae or not, when you heat the beat, you just gotta tap those feet. :) Thank you so much for the visit and comment, much appreciated.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Thought I'd commented on this one, Jo, but obviously not!

      I was never into reggae music but I did like Bob Marley, especially 'No woman, no cry'.

      Great hub and a great reminder.

      Ann

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Robin, thank you so much for the kind and generous comment.

      I'm glad you enjoyed this little tribute to Bob, although he's gone, we will continue to enjoy his music. I'm thrilled to know that you enjoy reading my hubs. Best wishes to you.

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      Robin Grosswirth 2 years ago from New York

      Loved his music as well as this homage to him. Great. I am a fan of yours and will read more.

      Thanks, Robin

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Frida, very nice to see you, I do appreciate you taking the time to read my poem. Bob marley is nothing if not inspirational, I really enjoyed writing the poem and I'm so thrilled to know that you enjoyed it. Take care and my best to you.

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      Frida Rose 2 years ago from Maryland

      Wow, what a beautiful tribute. You are quite the poet!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Jo, I do remember reading your hub about Rasta and Marley, I hope they're both in fine fettle.

      I must say, I find it difficult choosing a favourite from the huge selection of Bob Marley's songs, each one takes me back to a special place and time. Thank you so much for taking a look at the poem, and for the generous share and comment, it means a lot.

      Shalom my friend.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      This is really awesome! I love no woman no cry. But my ultimate favorite is One love. I noticed a couple songs not listed that I enjoy so much too. "I shot the sheriff." And "Jammin". Our dogs are named after this great singer! Our four year old Jack Russell is named "Rasta" and our 7 month old Yorkie is named "Marley". Awesome write up!

      You have excellent taste in music lady. And you are a Gold Star writer!~

      Shared and Up for sure. :-) Blessings.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Theresa, it's always nice to see you, so stop by as often as you like. I hope all is well, best wishes always.

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago

      Just as wonderful the second time Joe as it was the first time. Great tribute. Blessings. Theresa

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Shyron, thank you so much for taking a look and for the wonderful comment, much appreciated.

      Best wishes always.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Beautiful poetry Jo, a wonderful tribute to Bob Marley.

      You are an amazing poet.

      Voted up, ABI and shared.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bluebird, lovely to find you sitting pretty on my windowsill today, a real pleasure. Yes, Bob Marley was special, although we've lost a unique talent, we'll always have the music. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment, my best to you.

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      bluebird 2 years ago

      Great hub - loved his music. It was very cool and unique.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Rebecca, so nice to see you! Thanks for stopping by, it's always a pleasure. Bob Marley will always be remembered, he was a dazzling light that died too soon, but what a light!!

      Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Cam, you're very kind, I appreciate the visit, great comment and share. Hope all is well with you, my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Vellur, glad you enjoyed the tribute, he was a legend indeed.

      My best always.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very good poem. He is truly a musical legend. I know he would love your poem.

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Jo, Nothing but simply awesome. Sharing on my Facebook page for freelance writers.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      A great tribute to a true music legend, voted up. Great poem.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Flourish, I very much appreciate you taking a look, a legend indeed. My best to you.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a warm tribute to a musical legend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Cris Sp, great to see another Bob Marley's fan, I'm so glad you enjoyed the tribute. many thanks for the visit, comment and share. Have a wonderful day, my besr to you.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Yes, I'm a Bob Marley fan. I just love the guy (and all of his songs) and this is a wonderful tribute.

      Up and sharing. ~

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Rasma, yes, it's feel good music, one can't help but smile to Bob Marley, but there is always an important message behind the words.

      Thank you for stopping by, lovely to see you, my best always.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      He has great songs and music that usually get you feeling good and smiling. Really nice tribute. Passing this on.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi janshares, so very nice to see you! Thanks for the lovely compliment, but most of the words came from the man himself, I just moved them around a bit. ;) But you're right, he is celebrated and much appreciated. I do have a problem deciding on a favourite song, I'd choose one, but soon think of another I love just as much. I guess it has to do with the mood I'm in at the time. I'm so glad you enjoyed the poem, Thank you again for stopping by, my best to you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ahhh, lovely tribute, tobusiness. You are gifted with words. I could feel the celebration and appreciation for Bob Marley as I read. My favorites are "One Love" and "Get Up Stand Up" (or "Gettup, Stannup" lol). I really enjoyed this poem hub, voted up and beautiful.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Kim, I'm touched! Thank you so much for this encouraging and supportive visit. Each and every Bob Marley's song comes with a message, mostly peace and love, he is well loved, I hope he is sleeping peacefully. Always a pleasure to see you. Stay well, my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      MsDora, thank you for the lovely comment, I'm please to know that you like what I did with the poem. How does one even begin to write a poem tribute to Bob Marley? :)

      Have a wondeful day, my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Frank, yes, he was an amazing singer, writer and musician. I'm still discovering old stuff that I wasn't aware of, or had forgotten.

      Good to know that you love the music also. Take care, my best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hello Venkatachari M, you are right, it is incredible how many exceptional artists have been taken far too young. I too enjoy a variety of different types of music, I couldn't imagine a world without music. Many thanks for the visit, vote, comment and share. You're very generous, and much appreciated. Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      bigj1969, a pleasure to meet another fan, people all over the world were touched by Bob Marley's music, a legend indeed.

      Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Theresa, Bob Marley was pretty unique, wasn't he? his music was right there during so many events in my life, I could neve forget him.

      Thank you for the lovely comment, vote and share. That was such a wonderful thing to say about my poetry. Bless your kind heart always

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi John, I can see that you're a man with an impeccable taste in music. :)

      Yes, he lives on in the music and in his children may he rest easy. Thank you for the wonderful comment, so glad you enjoyed the poem. My best always.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Jo,

      It is the true writer who can write

      "Spiritual Ethiopian, devoted Rastafarian

      His raggae beats, pure native Jamaican."

      Not only beautiful words, but with that peaceful Reggae beat.

      up, up and away

      sharing

      spirits rise

      today and everyday

      Peace,

      Kim

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      My goodness! This is such a beautiful tribute. I like the references to his songs --"songs of redemption." Great poem!

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      tobusiness what a wonderful tribute.. and I am a big Robert Nesta Marley fan... I loved his early stuff the most Judge Not.. and Terror..

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      A wonderful tribute to a great singer. It is sad to see that genius people live very short lives. I love music and listen to many on VH1. But I can't identify them. I only enjoy it and wonder at their skills. It is so great an art and gift.

      Thanks for sharing this tribute. Voted up.

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      John Marshall 2 years ago from glasgow

      Amazing hub,truly wonderful tribute to one of my favourite singers of all time without a doubt.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      What a tremendous tribute to Bob Marley! I have always loved his one-of-a-kind music and still do.

      He will never be forgotten. God rest his soul.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Your poetry is always the best of the best.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful tribute to my favourite music artist of all time. Well done Jo. His spirit and message will live on forever through his music and his talented sons and daughters continue his legacy. I have the album "Legend" and it is my most prized cd. Thank you for sharing such an amazing poem.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      wordswithlove, there's no mistaking that unique voice, the legacy lives on.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi wordswithlove, I couldn't agree more. There'll never be another quite like him. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated.

      Love the name, "wordswithlove." Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Thelma, my pleasure! I'm so glad you enjoyed the tribute, thank you so much for stopping by. Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Jackie, the world could surely use 'one love' right now. Thank you for taking a look and for the lovely comment and share. Hope all is well with you.

      My best always.

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      Neetu M 2 years ago from USA

      Bob Marley brought his soul with his incredible voice and beautiful lyrics to the world of music. His legacy will live on. Your poem is a great tribute! thank you.

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      Neetu M 2 years ago from USA

      A musician who deserves every tribute! Brilliant vision, unmatched Reggae.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What a great tribute to Bob Marley! I am one of his fans. I love his music. Thanks for reminding me of him.

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great tribute, Jo. One Love is my favorite of his. Voted up and shared.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Adriantos7, thank you for the lovely comment, much appreciated. This poem is just my way of saying I remember. Best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Ruby, arrrgh... , I'll have to go take a look at that video.

      Bob Marley takes me right back to those carefree days of the 70s and early 80s, it was a sad day indeed, when I heard about his death, he was still so very young. Thank you for the visit, tweet and the heads-up with the video. My best to you.

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      Adrian 2 years ago from Nakuru-Kenya

      A very creative piece and a nice tribute to Bob Marley

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A great tribute to Bob Marley Jo. I really just started listening to him since joining hp. One of my early followers ( Has left hp ) turned me on to his music. The documentary video is blocked. Tweeted.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hello Kiss and Tales, lovely to see you. Glad you enjoyed the poem, I do appreciate you taking the time. My very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Jamie, He was that! Thank you for stopping by. My best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, Yes, he certain made us stop and think. The music lives on, he'll never be forgotten, the message is still as relevant today. Thank you for taking a look, you're always appreciated, Bless you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely tribute, Jo, for a musical genius. I love his music....although there are certainly some very serious songs about serious matters, his music has always made me smile.

      Thank you for this wonderful start to my day.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Excellent tribute to a great artist. Jamie

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hi Dip Mtra, I meant to add the video 'No woman, no cry' but I forgot, I've just included it in the hub, just for you. :)

      Thank you so much for taking the time, much appreciated and best wishes to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Devika, indeed he was. Thank you for the visit, comment and vote. My best always.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Hia Sanjay, I think he touched us all witth his music, may he rest in peace. Have a lovely day and my very best to you.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      pstraubie48, nothing takes us back in time like music, I listen to Bob Marley and the years simply melts away. Thank you for stopping by, much appreciated. My best always.

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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Wonderful poem and tribute to him of your hub! Thanks for sharing.

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      Dip Mtra 2 years ago from World Citizen

      Beautiful tribute. No woman no cry is one of my favorites still after all these years. I heard him first in the 70s when I was studying engineering, and he has remained with me forever since.

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      Dip Mtra 2 years ago from World Citizen

      Beautiful tribute. No woman no cry is one of my favorites still after all these years. I heard him first in the 70s when I was studying engineering, and he has remained with me forever since.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have shared a very interesting hub on a legend of all times. A great tribute to a much more appreciated individual. Voted up.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      I have a nice collection of the songs of Bob Marley and I often enjoy liatening to them. You have paid a beautiful tribute to the legendary singer.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a fitting tribute to a musical genius. His music takes me to a new place each time I listen. As I write this one of his songs reminds me why I am so glad we can still enjoy his talents today

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps shared and voted up++++