Vietnam Music Monday: “Get Up, Stand Up”

Get Up, Stand Up

Written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, “Get Up, Stand Up” originally appeared on The Wailers’ 1973 album Burnin’. (Newseum collection)

Music played an important cultural role during the Vietnam War, representing the rebellious views of a young generation and the traditional values of an older, so-called “silent majority.” The Newseum selected 40 songs released between 1963 and 1973 that typified the music of the Vietnam era. The songs captured the emotions of people for and against the war and reflected the mood of an increasingly diverse country amid dramatic social and political change.

The 40 songs, part of the Newseum’s “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit, are a fraction of the hundreds of recordings that dealt with the war and civil disobedience. Each week, one song from the playlist will be featured. We encourage you to add your favorite songs of the era to the comment section!

Get Up, Stand Up (1971)

Recorded by Bob Marley and the Wailers

Jamaican reggae superstar Bob Marley wrote “Get Up, Stand Up” as a plea for human rights and dignity after seeing the poverty and suffering on the island of Haiti. The song eventually became an anthem for victims of war, poverty and oppression.


Get up, stand up
Stand up for your right
Get up, stand up
Don’t give up the fight

Preacher man, don’t tell me
Heaven is under the earth
I know you don’t know
What life is really worth

Purchase “Get Up, Stand Up” on Amazon or iTunes.

“Reporting Vietnam,” a new exhibit that marks the 50th anniversary of the start of America’s first televised war, explores the dramatic stories of how journalists brought news about the war to a divided nation.

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Contributing support for the “Reporting Vietnam” exhibit is provided by CBS Corporation, in memory of CBS News correspondent Bob Simon.

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