Bob Marley — Is this Love
Album: Exodus
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Released: 1984
Length: 3:45
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I wanna love you and treat you right;
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together with a roof right over our heads;
We'll share the shelter of my single bed;
We'll share the same room, yeah! - for Jah provide the bread.
Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
I wanna know - wanna know - wanna know now!
I got to know - got to know - got to know now!

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I - I'm willing and able,
So I throw my cards on your table!
I wanna love you - I wanna love and treat - love and treat you right;
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together, yeah! - with a roof right over our heads;
We'll share the shelter, yeah, oh now! - of my single bed;
We'll share the same room, yeah! - for Jah provide the bread.

Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
Is this love - is this love - is this love -
Is this love that I'm feelin'?
Wo-o-o-oah! Oh yes, I know; yes, I know - yes, I know now!
Yes, I know; yes, I know - yes, I know now!

I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I - I'm willing and able,
So I throw my cards on your table!
See: I wanna love ya, I wanna love and treat ya -
Love and treat ya right.
I wanna love you every day and every night:
We'll be together, with a roof right over our heads!
We'll share the shelter of my single bed;
We'll share the same room, yeah! Jah provide the bread.
We'll share the shelter of my single bed
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 crogers wrote:
Suggestion:  if you're not really feeling this, for whatever reason, I suggest that you sing it.  Yes, out loud.  No, seriously, sing the damn song.  The lyrics are posted right here, just click the Lyrics link and sing along with the song.  Just belt it out.  No one will think you're weird, I promise.  You have a throat that is capable of song — it doesn't matter if you think your voice is something less than stellar... just work it!

If you, after having dutifully sung this remarkable little song, still don't like it, you will have my respect (for whatever that's frickin' worth...) and IMO you will have earned the right  to go on hating it, with a bullet, i.e. "I sang it, I hated it, you can now all summarily go screw yourselves."  

I'm betting you won't feel the same way about it.  I'm betting you'll find that it tickles a part of you that maybe you've forgotten about — the part that makes you want to be a better person, the part that allows you to show compassion for other people, the part that makes you cry at movies that deal with real people living their real lives (and no, NOT the Kardashian flavor of pseudo-reality), that part inside you that you're a little scared to acknowledge.  It's worth it, believe me.  

Why should you believe me?  Well... maybe you shouldn't.  After all, who the hell am I?   However, I can tell you that when I hear this song, I get to feel something wonderful that perhaps you and some others have forgotten how to feel.  I don't care whether reggae appeals to you in general, Marley specifically, or the human race in total.  There is something special in this — just have to lock on and have the courage to feel it.

Peace. 

 
Peace indeed!  I got to hear this tune (this time) as I finished my drive to work, and while it sounds much better blasting from my truck's stereo, I was happy to have a chance to finish listening at my desk at work....where I got to see the snarky comments that seem to have been sparked by your (wonderful IMHO) post.  And I'm also going to up my 9 rating to a 10.  I think this is my fav Marley tune.  LONG LIVE RP and PEACE BE UPON EVERYONE.
My wife always starts dancing when she hears reggae, but she is from the Carribeeeann.
 crogers wrote:
So... mean and hateful then.  OK, got it.
 
You just made me chortle. Well worth a {#High-five}
 crogers wrote:
Suggestion:  if you're not really feeling this, for whatever reason, I suggest that you sing it.  Yes, out loud.  No, seriously, sing the damn song.  The lyrics are posted right here, just click the Lyrics link and sing along with the song.  Just belt it out.  No one will think you're weird, I promise.  You have a throat that is capable of song — it doesn't matter if you think your voice is something less than stellar... just work it!

 
nice suggestion. it is a great campfire jam song... so much heart in it. 
 ChrisVIII wrote:
 crogers wrote:
If you've rated this less than a 7, you might consider the possibility that you're either dead inside or simply a mean, hateful person.

Just sayin'....
  
Thanks for you condescension but I'm fine. I am not inferior to you, I simply have a different musical taste. Reggae music tends to make me aggressive because it never really starts, it makes me fell like shaking the person singing or those listening with a stupid air on their face. Makes feel like telling them to move and do something, to wake up. 

" just saying' ",  idiot.  

 
So... mean and hateful then.  OK, got it.
 crogers wrote:
If you've rated this less than a 7, you might consider the possibility that you're either dead inside or simply a mean, hateful person.

Just sayin'....

 

 
Thanks for you condescension but I'm fine. I am not inferior to you, I simply have a different musical taste. Reggae music tends to make me aggressive because it never really starts, it makes me fell like shaking the person singing or those listening with a stupid air on their face. Makes feel like telling them to move and do something, to wake up. 

" just saying' ",  idiot.  
Suggestion:  if you're not really feeling this, for whatever reason, I suggest that you sing it.  Yes, out loud.  No, seriously, sing the damn song.  The lyrics are posted right here, just click the Lyrics link and sing along with the song.  Just belt it out.  No one will think you're weird, I promise.  You have a throat that is capable of song — it doesn't matter if you think your voice is something less than stellar... just work it!

If you, after having dutifully sung this remarkable little song, still don't like it, you will have my respect (for whatever that's frickin' worth...) and IMO you will have earned the right  to go on hating it, with a bullet, i.e. "I sang it, I hated it, you can now all summarily go screw yourselves."  

I'm betting you won't feel the same way about it.  I'm betting you'll find that it tickles a part of you that maybe you've forgotten about — the part that makes you want to be a better person, the part that allows you to show compassion for other people, the part that makes you cry at movies that deal with real people living their real lives (and no, NOT the Kardashian flavor of pseudo-reality), that part inside you that you're a little scared to acknowledge.  It's worth it, believe me.  

Why should you believe me?  Well... maybe you shouldn't.  After all, who the hell am I?   However, I can tell you that when I hear this song, I get to feel something wonderful that perhaps you and some others have forgotten how to feel.  I don't care whether reggae appeals to you in general, Marley specifically, or the human race in total.  There is something special in this — just have to lock on and have the courage to feel it.

Peace. 
 ziakut wrote:
If I were in the Bahamas with a joint and unlimited drinks and a beautiful sunsetting beach...I'd like this. Otherwise....nahhhh.


Same here.  Can't be dealing with the awful guitar "solo" bits.  It must have felt great to be that wasted.


If you've rated this less than a 7, you might consider the possibility that you're either dead inside or simply a mean, hateful person.

Just sayin'....

 
All Bob songs are 9's and 10's....he's too important...
 
Well isn't this a nice antidote to the snow swirling outside my window...
 BobMcboyle wrote:
That feeling of boredom is in your mind, it ain't coming from the song. You need to say 'in dependence upon this song I experience a feeling of boredom, not everyone experiences this - some people experience pleasant feelings - therefore I can't say the song itself is boring, only that I experience boredom.'
 
It's hard to tell if you are being serious or facetious but this is an interesting post.  By a similar train of thought one could say that trees and other plants are not really green; that they are merely projecting light with a wavelength somewhere around 520 and 570 nanometres, which are interpreted by the cones at the backs of our eyes as being "green".  This would, of course, have greatly hampered Richard LLewelyn when he was writing How Green Was My Valley.


B is for Bob
 ziakut wrote:
If I were in the Bahamas with a joint and unlimited drinks and a beautiful sunsetting beach...I'd like this. Otherwise....nahhhh.
 
The music puts me there.....I don't have to be there.
It becomes a good day whenever I hear this wonderful song.
And Jah provide the bread...
{#Bananajam}      {#Bananajam}       {#Bananajam}

I'm dancing and loving it 
Ahhh Marley...I love ya.
best song to relax after a busy day ;)
I was just humming this song in my head, click on RP and now it's playing in my room. Pure Magic! Love Bob.
Can always count on Bob to improve a dull, rainy Sunday afternoon.
 BobMcboyle wrote:
That feeling of boredom is in your mind, it ain't coming from the song. You need to say 'in dependence upon this song I experience a feeling of boredom, not everyone experiences this - some people experience pleasant feelings - therefore I can't say the song itself is boring, only that I experience boredom.'
 
Chuckle, chuckle.  You guys crack me up.
 sandpebble wrote:
I always thought Pat Travers' cover was pretty good.

 
Me Too! If you can ignore Boom Boom and Snortin' Whiskey (I did), PT made some great music! 

I pretty much wore out my Putting It Straight album...
Yeah, man! {#Sunny}

(... I am willing and able ...)
 Poacher wrote
It is a great shame that not more old school reggae (and dub) is not played here, but I can see how it would not appeal to the core of RP listeners. Instead, I have my rather large pile of dub plates to see me through when I have the need for cutdown raw dub reggae. 
 
Far be it for me to send folk away from RP, but you might like RightOnReggae http://radio.rightonscales.com/ - currently playing Yabby You
If I were in the Bahamas with a joint and unlimited drinks and a beautiful sunsetting beach...I'd like this. Otherwise....nahhhh.
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der großartige bob wird  unvergeßlich bleiben
Absolutely godlike
Three letters: P S D.
A staple at the Jagdriver household.
Not true I am afraid. While Bob was the first to achieve prominense and the spread of Reggae across the world, he was not in isolation. Many of his contemporaies of the time are still playing and touring. King Tubby, the Mad Professor, Yellowman spring to mind. To say there is not much early stuff other than Sir Bob is simply not true. . . there is tons of it.

Bob created a sound that was acceptable to mainstream and is distinctive in its way. But he was only one piece of the jigsaw. A big piece slap bang in the middle perhaps, but certainly not in isolation. 

It is a great shame that not more old school reggae (and dub) is not played here, but I can see how it would not appeal to the core of RP listeners. Instead, I have my rather large pile of dub plates to see me through when I have the need for cutdown raw dub reggae. 
 jersey_birdman wrote:
REally?

Not much pre-Bob reggae out there unless it is Ska: and Ska is not really reggae.  Bob Marley is the representative because he invented it...  An no, he did not invent it like Al Gore invented the internet: many contemporaries were dabbling but there is not doubt it was Bob Marley who made Reggae what it is and others followed...  

You will not get much of an argument on this from any of Bob's peers or those who thrive performing their own reggae today.

I saw Bob live in Philadelphia in 1978: he is and will always be the man when it comes to Reggae.

Cheers.

 
tipper wrote:

One day someone will explain to me why this guy gets to be the cream of reggae.

Okay, he has written a couple of decent tunes.

Nobody in their right mind could call him a great singer.

I rather suspect it’s an “okay for white consumption” thing; the dumbing down of protest reggae for popular consumption.

Music doesn’t get much more middle of road than this but I suppose middle of the road is where the money is.

What a shame that Bob Marley has become the representative of a great music genre.

 
 


Bob is truly one original ~
 Sasha2001 wrote:

Doobie sounds so much more sophisticated then "hippie lettuce." I'm not sure why it became synonymous with hippies. The cannabis plant in it's smoking form was brought to us from our friends south of the border. Which is why my favorite euphemism has always been...

"Hairy Mexican Skunk Balls"

 
"Hairy Mexican Skunk Balls"?  That's about the most unappealing name for it I've ever heard. 

Growing up, we called it "Dr. Poke's wonder smoke", "the fingers of love", and my personal favorite, "paper happiness". 

 scraig wrote:

I just put the cigar down for a doobie.
 
Doobie sounds so much more sophisticated then "hippie lettuce." I'm not sure why it became synonymous with hippies. The cannabis plant in it's smoking form was brought to us from our friends south of the border. Which is why my favorite euphemism has always been...

"Hairy Mexican Skunk Balls"

 Danny_G wrote:
Buena Vista Social Club - De Camino a La Vereda {#Arrow} Bob Marley - Is this Love
 
I just put the cigar down for a doobie.
Got the Caribbean vacation going, eh Bill!
 johnjconn wrote:
very tired of Mr. Dubbie music
 
Not sure what dubbie music is.  I sure love this song.  Even more after a big fat Doobie.

 eltom wrote:
Well, there are songs that were played too much... this is one of them. It's a pure genious song, but man, we heard it a million times...
 
...and yet it never gets old!

Well, there are songs that were played too much... this is one of them. It's a pure genious song, but man, we heard it a million times...
 The_Seeker wrote:
Boring as bat shit.
 
That feeling of boredom is in your mind, it ain't coming from the song. You need to say 'in dependence upon this song I experience a feeling of boredom, not everyone experiences this - some people experience pleasant feelings - therefore I can't say the song itself is boring, only that I experience boredom.'

Just enjoy - if you can.  If you can't - wait a couple of minutes.  Geesh.
tipper, your wish has been granted. {#Sunny}

 
jersey_birdman wrote:
REally?

Not much pre-Bob reggae out there unless it is Ska: and Ska is not really reggae.  Bob Marley is the representative because he invented it...  An no, he did not invent it like Al Gore invented the internet: many contemporaries were dabbling but there is not doubt it was Bob Marley who made Reggae what it is and others followed...  

You will not get much of an argument on this from any of Bob's peers or those who thrive performing their own reggae today.

I saw Bob live in Philadelphia in 1978: he is and will always be the man when it comes to Reggae.

Cheers.

 
tipper wrote:

One day someone will explain to me why this guy gets to be the cream of reggae.

Okay, he has written a couple of decent tunes.

Nobody in their right mind could call him a great singer.

I rather suspect it’s an “okay for white consumption” thing; the dumbing down of protest reggae for popular consumption.

Music doesn’t get much more middle of road than this but I suppose middle of the road is where the money is.

What a shame that Bob Marley has become the representative of a great music genre.



 

 

 The_Seeker wrote:
Boring as bat shit.
 
Play with bat shit much?


Yes.  This IS love. {#Yes}
Buena Vista Social Club - De Camino a La Vereda {#Arrow} Bob Marley - Is this Love

Boring as bat shit.
REally?

Not much pre-Bob reggae out there unless it is Ska: and Ska is not really reggae.  Bob Marley is the representative because he invented it...  An no, he did not invent it like Al Gore invented the internet: many contemporaries were dabbling but there is not doubt it was Bob Marley who made Reggae what it is and others followed...  

You will not get much of an argument on this from any of Bob's peers or those who thrive performing their own reggae today.

I saw Bob live in Philadelphia in 1978: he is and will always be the man when it comes to Reggae.

Cheers.

 
tipper wrote:

One day someone will explain to me why this guy gets to be the cream of reggae.

Okay, he has written a couple of decent tunes.

Nobody in their right mind could call him a great singer.

I rather suspect it’s an “okay for white consumption” thing; the dumbing down of protest reggae for popular consumption.

Music doesn’t get much more middle of road than this but I suppose middle of the road is where the money is.

What a shame that Bob Marley has become the representative of a great music genre.



 

 ThePoose wrote:

I think the difference is that Desmond Dekker and Toots Hibbert (and the Maytals) performed dance music; whereas Bob Marley could offer not only that but had also edge and made political comment. Many artists start out playing music that they think people want to hear (i.e. dance music) and evolve by becoming introspective—and actually writing songs about what they truly feel inside. The Beatles and Beach Boys come to mind. Others can never evolve, such as Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

 
And Little Richard was supposed to sing about what?  Being black in America in the 50's?  Or even livelier, being black and gay in America in the 50s?  What he seems to truly feel inside, other than the two items already mentioned, is being a happy guy, cheerful and creative.  And that's what I like about Little Richard.


One day someone will explain to me why this guy gets to be the cream of reggae.

Okay, he has written a couple of decent tunes.

Nobody in their right mind could call him a great singer.

I rather suspect it’s an “okay for white consumption” thing; the dumbing down of protest reggae for popular consumption.

Music doesn’t get much more middle of road than this but I suppose middle of the road is where the money is.

What a shame that Bob Marley has become the representative of a great music genre.



 sandyclaws wrote:
Just because this song is so very appropriate to my day right now: 8 >> 9.
 
Lucky you!!