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The 5th Daily Bread

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There comes a time in a mans life when he stops trying to save the world and starts trying to save himself from the world instead. Yes ladies and gents, this is our fifth daily bread.

They say your head can be a prison, I say your head can be the reason, a reason, no, more than that, an ability to climb out of yourself, your circumstances. See, with a reason, a head on your shoulders, a mind, there’s everything to gain, a slave, the body is in pain, a victim, nothing can be gained, unchained, growth remains, yes our heads can be prisons, none but ourselves can free our minds none but our hands can lift the blinds, In our minds we’re confined, freedom we can’t find, uprising we confront, doubt, our decomposing minds fertilize the soil that feeds the tree, doubt, we’ll never be free, united, dwarfed by the big tree, mentally free, We’re the small ax that could fall the big tree.

Redemption song, an acoustic ballad performed by the great Bob Marley & The Wailers. It’s a song from their iconic Uprising album. Straying away from their usual reggae beats, “Redemption Song” features an acoustic guitar and of course Bob Marley singing his locks on, as he does.

The song is a cry for freedom, no, let’s make it a war cry for freedom. After being given only this much for so many years, it’s unfortunate that the mind only expects a certain much, though aware of its infinite capacity it’s bound by an everliving imprisonment that allows it to see itself up to a sizeable level. This early eighties late seventies number has significant political references that date back decades before its official release.

Redemption, correction, redemption. We can’t control time, we can’t control the past, the trick is not to let it control us, the future is us. Lets redeem the time lost, lets redeem what has been won. There comes a time in a mans life when he has to free himself intellectually, spiritually and mentally, to teach by example, to live by example. For taking care of self is a small ax that could fall the big tree.