Peter Tosh - Black Dignity

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Lagidamawi rasfetari, medhani alem
Tenayistilgn, Igziabhier amlak
Qedamawi tekoro, medhani alem
Negus nagast, izi Itiopia

Lift up thine head, O ye black dignity
And be ye lifted up, ye ever-loving black dignity
And let the King of kings enter thine heart
Psalm 24:7-9; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14; Rev. 19:16

For in a little while, and the wicked shall not be
They shall be cut off like the grass
And wither like the green herb
Psalm 37:2

So trust in the LORD and do good
And wait patiently for him
And verily thou shalt prevail, Selah
Psalm 37:3; Ps. 37:7

I branches shall not wither
And whatsoever I do shall prosper
I shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers
That bringeth forth fruit in season, Selah
Psalm 1:3

So lift up thine head, O ye black people
And be ye lifted up, ye ever-loving black people
And the King of Kings shall come in, Selah

Wake up thine slumbering mentality
Ephesians 5:14

Come closer to reality

Recognise thy dignity, thy integrity, thy quality
Fret not because of one who prospereth in his way
For in a little while
The evil-doers shall be killed, cram, paralysed
Psalm 37:7

Love him and live, hate him and die!

Lift up thine head, ye ever-loving black people
And be ye lifted up, ye ever-living black people
And the LORD God shall come into thine heart
Seek him and ye shall find him
'Cause he can be found
Jeremiah 29:13; Matthew 7:7-8

Wake up thine slumbering mentality
And live up to reality

Live black, love black, think black
Our God is black

Qedamawi rasfetari, medhani alem
Igziabhier amlak, tenayistilgn
Tokoro chilola, neguse nagast, Itiopia


'Tenayistilgn' means 'greetings of love'
'Salam' is a another greeting, meaning 'peace'
'Tadiyas' is a simple (informal) 'hello / hi'
'Igziabeher' means 'Lord of the Universe'
'Negus nagast' means 'King of Kings'

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