Bob Marley's real name is Robert Nesta Marley. Born on February 6, 1945 and died on May 11, 1981. He was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. He is the most widely known performer of reggae music, and is the one who really make Reggae genre famous all around the world. Some of his follower salute him as a faithful Rastafari, Bob Marley is regarded by many as a prophet of the religion. He is also considered as one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
"Redemption Song" is the last track on Bob Marley's ninth Island music album, Uprising. At the time he wrote the song, circa 1979, Marley had already been diagnosed with the cancer that was to later take his life, and according to Rita Marley, he was already secretly in a lot of pain and dealt with his own mortality, a feature which is clearly apparent on the album, particularly on this song. Marley was a pioneer in spreading the reggae music of Jamaica throughout the world; however "Redemption Song" is a simple folk song. The opening notes are a variation on "Guns of Navarone", a ska song by The Skatalites which was extemely popular in the 1960's and is marked as a turning point in the evolution of the form.
Unlike most of Bob Marley's tracks, this is strictly a solo acoustic recording, consisting of Marley singing and playing an acoustic guitar, with no accompaniment whatsoever.
A full band rendition of "Redemption Song" was made available as a bonus track on the 2001 reissue of Uprising, as well as being featured on the 2001 compilation One Love: The Very Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers. However, the solo performance remains the take with which most listeners are most familiar.
Check out the Redemption Song Lyric here...