Oldie of the Week: ‘Stir it Up’ – Bob Marley and the Wailers (1967)


At the beginning of this term, I made a great decision, one that I whole-heartedly recommend to anyone actually reading this. Instead of opting for the grim, repetitive jingle of a pre-selected alarm sound, I made Bob Marley’s ‘Stir It Up’ my wake-up anthem. I doubt it was Bob Marley’s intention to create the perfect morning alarm, but he did succeed (See: death of the author). It slowly builds from chugging guitars to full-bodied vocal harmonies, letting that laidback reggae sunshine seep through. The song, as well as alerting me to the new dawn each day, also alerted the wider world to reggae music, as it was the first of Bob Marley’s songs to achieve success outside of Jamaica.

‘It’s been a long, long time

Since I got you on my mind

Now you are here I said, it’s so clear

There’s so much we could do, baby

Just me and you.

Come on and stir it up, little darlin’

Stir it up, come on, baby

Come on and stir it up, yeah

Little darlin’, stir it up!’


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