Strummer’s Redemption

Old pirates, yes, they rob I;
Sold I to the merchant ships,
Minutes after they took I
From the bottomless pit.
But my hand was made strong
By the ‘and of the Almighty.
We forward in this generation
Triumphantly.
Won’t you help to sing
These songs of freedom? –
‘Cause all I ever have:
Redemption songs;
Redemption songs.

The final album from Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros arrives in stores tomorrow. I downloaded an exclusive prerelease version from the iTunes Music Store, and damn is it good. Of special note is Strummer’s solo acoustic recording of Bob Marley’s Redemption Song, produced by Rick Rubin, who also produced a recording of the same song featuring Strummer and Johnny Cash.

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