52 Songs for 52 Weeks: Redemption Song by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

“Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, None but ourselves can free our minds”.

Week 51.

Joe strummer is an all-time favorite and is the former lead singer of the Clash.

The Clash were a favorite band of my younger days and remain so today.  They had a way of singing about important issues – but did it while having fun.

This song was actually originally recorded (and written by) the late great Bob Marley.  Marley recorded this after he had been diagnosed with cancer – and it is a sad reflective song, but it remains so uplifting and positive.

Strummer’s treatment here is incredible – and ironically this song was released after Strummer had died of a heart attack (too young at age 50 in 2002)

“Without people, you are nothing”

R.I.P. joe Strummer.  Thanks for filling my life with songs.

Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom
‘Cause all I’ve ever had is:
Redemption songs;

– cj cheetham


No – I don’t have any idea why Steve Buscemi is in the tribute video.  Apprently he was a big fan.

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