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Bob Marley: Could You Be Loved? Meaning

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Song Released: 1980


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  1. anonymous
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    Feb 27th 2020 report

    Maybe the entertainment industry who make careers happen and not happen had tried to control Bob's music career,and I dare say he wouldn't play ball,don't let them cool ya or even try and School ya oh no,you've got a mind of your own!!

  2. anonymous
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    Oct 26th 2018 report

    I have listened to this song for the nearly four decades since its release. And I have concluded that Bob is either asking the listener “could you be loved by different parties who have competing interests (with theirs and/or the listeners own) or is asking the listerner “could you be love and be loved” i.e. could you be loved continually? It is a song begs the listener to make an assement and to share that assement. Thus Bob admonishes the listener to “say something” i.e. to answer the question, definitively. If ever the 20th Century conception of the Beloved Community is to be realized in any recognizable pattern
    , this may perhaps be the most important question popular culture ever put forward. And Bob Marley asked it nearly forty-years ago. Amazing! How will the 21st Century respond?

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2017 report

    Could you be loved by a the powers at be and the people? Can you be aligned with the powerful, the oppressors and keep you integrity with regard to the people.Its a rhetorical question. the obvious answer is no, but people get lost and forget what and who really matters and lose their integrity. Its about waking up choosing a side and standing by it courageously. Could you be loved by two parties with opposing values and interests. Good vs evil, god vs sin, the People vs the Powerful.. probably not. Stop, make a stand, bare the consequences...but keep your integrity.

  4. Rastafaria
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    Mar 25th 2015 report

    I've listened to this song for decades and it still sounds like he's saying, "Could you be love, and could you be loved." Which I have always interpreted to mean if you love me I will love you back if you let me. It is also loosely interpreted as a message to love yourself in spite of what people/the man/authority figures tell you. Stand tall. If you allow yourself to love you will be loved back. Can you lose yourself to the immenseness of love? Can you grasp it? Rastafari as it is in heaven so it is on earth.


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