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Handwritten Bob Marley lyrics to be sold for Sh1.5 million

By Mirror | November 9th 2015

Handwritten lyrics that reggae legend Bob Marley penned while recording a track off his hit album Soul Revolution have emerged for sale for £10,000.

Marley scribbled his version of the words to Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions' track I Gotta Keep On Moving during a recording session at London's Island Records in 1977.

The Wailers' cover of the song was the opening track on the 1971 album, which boasted the singles Don't Rock My Boat and Sun is Shining.

Marley put his own twist on the Mayfield's original 1964 lyrics, changing the lines to: "I've been accuse on a ma mission, Jah knows they shodent do it.

"For hanging me they were willin, yea yea and that why I've got to get on through tha."

A later verse, called 'Ziggy bridge', makes mention of Marley's children Cedela and Ziggy.

It goes: "Tell Ziggy am fine - and to keep Cedela in line fa we soon go homeyard."

Marley and the Wailers re-recorded the track in 1977 at a session produced by fellow reggae star Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

Musicians playing on the track alongside the Wailers included members of Aswad, Third World and Jimmy Cliff's band.

The three pages of lyrics, which Marley wrote in red felt-tip pen, are being sold by musician Dick Cuthell who played horns on 1977 Wailers album Exodus and also mixed hit songs Jammin' and Waiting in Vain.

He had first worked with the Wailers on their Natty Dread album of 1974 as a tape operator. He went on to work with bands like The Specials, Eurythmics and Madness.

Marley died in Florida on May 11 1981 aged 36 from cancer.

Experts say the lyrics could fetch £10,000 when they go under the hammer at Bonhams in London on December 10.

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