Jamming – Bob Marley & The Wailers

September 29, 2021

Today’s song is from the undisputed King of Reggae, Bob Marley, and his backing band The Wailers. “Jamming” is one of the most popular and most recognized songs by Bob Marley and one of the most iconic and prototypical songs ever in all of the Reggae music genre.

Some fun facts about “Jamming”:

  • “Jamming” was a song from the Bob Marley and The Wailers album Exodus in 1977
  • Yes, the official spelling of the title is “Jamming” not “Jammin’ ” or even “Jamon” as some have mistakenly thought.
  • Jamming is a slang term in Jamaica (where Bob Marley is from) meaning to get together, celebrate, or party. I think you will agree, this title fits the instrumental and musical vibe of the song perfectly.
  • Especially poignant is the line “no bullet can stop us now” which probably refers to the assault and assassination attempt made on Marley and his wife and manager by seven armed gunmen at the end of 1976. The shooting was thought to be politically motivated against Marley for his views, actions, and “politically charged music”. Fortunately, all victims recovered and survived.
  • The album Exodus was partly recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, and partially recorded in London, England. After the shooting of 1976, Bob Marley moved to England where he mainly lived for the remainder of his life.
  • Bob Marley tragically died of cancer in 1981 at the age of 36. He has since been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and also appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time at No. 11.
  • “Jamming” has been re-released and remixed and covered hundreds of times.
  • Bob Marley lives on with his music and message that is beloved all over the world by many.

Lyrics:

(Musixmatch)

Ooh, yeah! All right!

Alright.

We’re jammin’

(See)

I wanna jam it wid you

We’re jammin’, jammin’,

And I hope you like jammin’, too

We’re jammin’

To think that jammin’ was a thing of the past

We’re jammin’,

And I hope this jam is gonna last

We’re jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Now we’re jammin’ in the name of the Lord

We’re jammin’,

Jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Now we’re jammin’ right straight from yard

Ooh, yeah!

We’re jammin’

I wanna jam it wid you

We’re jammin’, jammin’,

And I hope you like jammin’, too

Jam’s about my pride and truth I cannot hide

To keep you satisfied

Love that now exist, true love I can’t resist,

Jam by my side. Oh, yea-ea-yeah!

We’re jammin’

(See)

I wanna jam it wid you

We’re jammin’, jammin’,

And I hope you like jammin’, too

We’re jammin’

To think that jammin’ was a thing of the past

We’re jammin’,

And I hope this jam is gonna last

We’re jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Now we’re jammin’ in the name of the Lord

We’re jammin’,

Jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

Now we’re jammin’ right straight from yard

Ooh, yeah!

We’re jammin’

I wanna jam it wid you

We’re jammin’, jammin’,

And I hope you like jammin’, too

We’re jammin’,

Jammin’

Jammin’

Jammin’

I wanna jam it wid you

We’re jammin’, jammin’,

And I hope you like jammin’, too

We’re jammin’,

We’re jammin’,

(See)

We’re jammin’,

We’re jammin’,

Oh yeah!

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