Bob Marley - Small Axe
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BOB MARLEY


Small Axe Lyrics

Why boasteth thyself, O evil men;
Playing smart and not being clever, oh no!
I say you're working iniquity
To achieve vanity, yeah, if a-so a-so.
But the goodness of Jah - Jah
Idureth for Iver.

If you are the big tree,
We are the small axe
Sharpened to cut you down, (well sharp)
Ready to cut you down, oh yeah!

These are the words of my master
Keep on tellin' me - o-oh! - no weak heart shall prosper:
Oh no, they can't! Eh.

And whosoever diggeth a pit, Lord,
Shall fall in it - shall fall in it.
Whosoever diggeth a pit
Shall bury in it - shall bury in it.

If you are the big tree,
We are the small axe
Sharpened to cut you down,
Ready to cut you down.
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Whosoever diggeth the pit
Shall fall in it - fall in it, eh!
Whosoever diggeth the pit
Shall bury in it - shall bury in it.

If you are the big tree,
We have a small axe
Ready to cut you down, (well sharp)
Sharpened to cut you down.

If you are the big tree,
Let me tell you this: we are the small axe
Ready to cut you down, (well sharp)
Sharpened to cut you down.

If you have a big tree ... [fadeout]

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Songwriter(s): Bob Marley
Copyright: Odnil Music Ltd., Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd.
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Meaning to "Small Axe" (5 meanings)
carlos moya 01/04/14,07:23
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This song is about empires falling they are the big tree and we tiny little ants are small axes cutting them down.this poem is a work of art ready to explode on the ear of any human it is a treasure that must be kept in our hearts
LaD 10/11/12,15:32
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Y'all are wrong, Big Tree was the record label that screw Bob over. He was singing about how he was gonna cut them down. Go watch the biography on him named Marley.
Greg 06/18/12,12:25
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This song is about the company Big Tree Records, which was the island's dictatorial record company. Along with more poetic meanings; the main meaning is about the other companies victory against them.
Actually... 07/29/11,12:45
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The song is not about Africa, it is about the triumph of Rastafari over Babylon, a reoccuring theme in Marley's work. The lyrics are mainly derived from Psalms and Proverbs. Bob read the Bible.
emperorneutral 09/10/09,14:53
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bob really talked about the sufferer and to be frank he had africa at heart.this song shows that if the oppressor thinks he is a big tree africa(the axe) is gonna cut him down..he is a true africanist
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