Marley On The Mount: Boarding House 1975

Today I share with you a most interesting interview with Bob Marley.  I am also sharing audio from the Wailers’ performance at The Boarding House in San Francisco, CA on July 7, 1975.  I shared this performance a few months back, however, today’s version is pitch corrected and upgraded.  For those who have never listened to this show, it may be the best live recorded audio of Marley and the Wailers in concert.

Oakland Tribune July 4, 1975

The interview was conducted by journalist Idris Walters and was published in Sounds on 16 August 1975.  According to Walters: “The man speaks as he sings.  [My] interview came out in song, verse and lyric”.

GREAT YOUTHS (Marley’s appreciations of contemporaries)

1. Taj Mahal (Black chieftain)
“We develop a kind a telepat’ic contac’ Between de two of us
‘Im say, ‘im gwonna do ‘Slave Driver’. So I went up dere, so I meet Taj.
Great man, Taj.
Whoosh, ‘Im good, ‘im strong
‘Im ‘ave a West Indian t’ing.”
(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

2. Alan Cole (Jamaican footballer, friend of Marley’s)
“We not get a chance to kick a ball over here

I’m afraid for the Winter
Ha ha.
Alan Cole, great you know, yeah

Good baller, an’ we work together.
Am the best brethren me ever ‘ave
As far as togetherness mean, you know
Sometime, he knock on a few drums Sing a few songs
But then, we really need football.”
(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

3. Johnny Nash (Reggae propagandist, soul brother, sweet choirboy)
“Yeah, I see ‘im yesterday

Yea, I t’ink ‘im do a bunch a my songs now
‘Im doin’ a song named ‘Baby, Baby We Got A Date’
An ‘im doin’ ‘Reggae On Broadway’ An’ I don’ remember d’other one Johnny? …
‘Im good
‘Im like, ‘Im like, ‘Im like, y’know Great youth.”
(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

4. Tosh (also applies to Bunny, absent Wailers) “‘Im doin’ ‘is own t’ing
Kind a adventurin’ (laughs)”
(Chorus: Great youths, great youths, yeah)

5. Keith Hudson (current roots reggae hero)
“Me dig Keit’ ‘Udson
Good friend too
I don’ know if Keit’ ‘Udson is a really a good singer But ‘im ‘ave ideas
An ‘im great with it, great youth.”
(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

6. Augustus Pablo (current dub reggae hero)
“Lots a ‘it in Jamaica, yea mon

So much different mood
Sometime I wanna hear Max Roach
Sometime I wanna hear Miles Davis Sometime I wanna hear Pablo.”

(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

7. Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett (Wailers powerhouse bass)
“He pick up women

‘E use t’ave plenty girls
Plenty girls…
So we call ‘im Family Man.”

(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

8. Marcia Griffiths (Of I Three, Bob’s backing group and conspicuous by her absence in current line-up)
“She gwonna ‘ave a baby you know.

9. Chris Blackwell (Island boss)
“The t’ing with Blackwell is that it was Blackwell’s studio (Natty Dread)
An’ Blackwell know how to talk to the guys

I don’ know if that is what producin’ is
I wanna sound from the board
The engineer not so used to the
Jamaican way a talkin’
So me talk to Blackwell
And Blackwell talk to the guy
So that is how it work.”
(Chorus: Great youth, great youth yeah)

10. Martha Velez (Street Choir singer, album – Fiends & Angels) “Goin’ to Jamaica
Doin’ an album there with a girl
A girl called Martha Velez
She wan’ do all reggae ‘

She might do ’bout three four my songs She ‘ave some good songs
Really dig ‘er
Strong, she ‘ave it you know.”
(Chorus: Great youth, great youth, yeah)

BLACK HOLES (Marley on reggae and reggae feeling)

1. “Maybe ‘is the quality a reggae mus’ be improvin’

2. Poo-ke-too-ke-pahga Poo-ke-too-ke-pahga You know, wicked feelin’ Dangerous
You mus’ ‘ave de feelin’

A different t’ing from th’ funk
Can’t feel th’ funk feelin but
Th’ funk feelin’ a little bit easier Than a reggae feelin’
Reggae’s a hard t’ing t’feel
An’ when you get it… you feel proud

3. It’s the simplest music
But it’s not really easy (laughs)
You know wh’ I mean, simpler
An’ jus’ as simple as those musician guys who Like, touch the moon an’ come back;
You can do it in reggae, but
You ‘ave to do it very simple

4. You goin’ in dere, but you don’ care You still goin’ in

5. You tek yo’ time Zeeeeet…
Jus’ tek yo’ time
It’s like ridin’ a donkey To drivin’ a car Reggae’s safe… Safe? A safe trip (laughs)

THE SHERIFF SHOT I (Fear an’ loathin’ in the ghetto)

1. “Anywhere me live
Me move the ghetto with me
So me can go uptown to live
Regardless where we is, is still Trenchtown So what we really want is a change
Mek everybody live nice
Not mek everybody live the ghetto kind a life Not the slum type a dirt an’ thins
People wanna live a bit cleanish

2. (The police?)

 That’s if ‘im want to see you doin’ something wrong You goin’ to do something wrong
‘Im run an’ ‘im see ya

‘Im hide an’ ‘im peep
An’ ‘im wait till you do it

An’ after you do it ‘im shoot ya He don’ say “Hey , don’ do that” You know wha’ I mean
Madness, madness

3. English police?
“Dem rough
Dats where Jamaica get dere roughness from mon”


1. “Politically-wise
The politician feel it
Yeah, The politician get the most pressure
The Rasta Man relax, smoke th’erb an’ don’ care Pressure don’ trouble Rasta

2. You ‘ave three set of people
You ‘ave PNP, you ‘ave JLP (political parties)
An you ‘ave Rasta
When you find the JLP man stand up
The Rasta man lay back an’ relax
He ‘as no business around ‘im
He jus’ smoke th’erb an’ get ‘igh an’ t’ink of nature an’ God an’ coooool While the politician, now, ‘im busier
‘Im wanna die to go t’eaven
Rasta man say, ‘I wanna live’

3. HaileI Selassie I
Let’s say real wars
An’ rumours of wars
An’ propaganda, plenty a things
But I know, that his Imperial Majesty Emporer Hailel Selassiel is the Almighty ‘Im create me

4. God do everything the way ‘im want to do it An’ there’s plenty we don’ understand
The cycles a time
You know time a change
Because. Jah

Is the greatest chess player in the world

(London Rastafarians?)
5. Dem togetherish, Dem great Dem doin’ somethin’

6. West Indian people is Rasta is Rasta Rasta not strictly West Indian people

7. We don’ care which colour y’is
Or where y’ come from
Rasta, rasta
This is not politics, this is God business God create the earth up
An’ create all mankind on th’earth

8. When you ‘ave people who t’ink
some alike
A prejudiced way
Dem dem dem dem dem tek the God outta the world There is no prejudice
So you ‘ave right and wrong
So is not really a West Indian community

9. The right thing fe to do is fe positive
If me hates you, there’s something wrong with me Y’can’t go to Zion
An’ I can’t ‘ave mine
I ‘ave to love you, love ‘im (photographer)
Still I might not do the same things the way you do I ‘ave to keep all the hate out of me

Because you can’t go to Zion with th’hate ‘Ave to leave the hate outside

That is why people need to learn how to live

The t’ing is, the t’ing is
These third, fourth and fifth generation Are the children that see God
‘Cause these are the last days
An’ we are the children that see God”


“Yeah, yeah mon
Everything’s gonna be alright
I mean plenty things can happen
People gone, they don’ turn back
It’s when you comin’ forward that you see what you see Because God no partial
He give you life, he give you freedom
You can hate ‘im if you want
You can love ‘im if you want
You can respec’ ‘im if you want
You can know ‘im if you want
You can do anything
Y’see God is a very generous man
He give you yourself an’ he give you the universe (Repeat chorus: Everyt’ings gonna be alright)


1. “Ethiopia… Nah. Yeah
I’m gonna play there
An’ I’m gonna settle there
That is Zion y’talkin’ about
I’m quite up to settle over there

2. They jus’ pile up corruption on corruption An’ that’s why we don’ gone to Ethiopia yet
Because plenty things needing to clean up An’ this is a great, great job
I’m doin’ right now

Cool man
Cool, very cool, collective and secure and right. Selassie, yeah. Selassie.”


“My mother
My people are my own people
So it kind of come down
Tru’ love an’ music
Tru’ the church
My mother is a good singer y’know
Me love music, me live with music all me life So check it out
Quadrille, calypso, mambo, samba,
Cuban stuff.”

REVOLUTION NUMBER TEN (Marley on energy created at Wailers gigs)

“Glad dem feel that way
Sometime get big
Like one time when we bring out songs like ‘Rude Boy’ An when we sing it mon
Dem guys they attack the police

Same time beat up the police ha ha ha
We ‘ave to leave Jamaica ha ha ha
So it’s interestin’ I ‘ave to be careful sometime
Because we don’ mean it in a violent way
Ha ha ha.”
(Repeat and fade: Number Ten, Number Ten, Number Ten…)

MR BROWN (Legendary surrealist presence in Kingston)

“Mr Brown is a clown
He ride ’round town in a coffin
There’s a t’ing, one time in Jamaica
Well, I never personally see it
But there’s a crowd a people runnin’ down the street Say dey seen dis t’ing
Dis t’ing was a coffin
(long pause)
“I still can’t understan’ it
It was a coffin, you know
I don’ see it yet you know
An’ dem say the coffin is on wheels
An’ dey ‘ave two crows on the coffin
an’ dem say dey’re lookin’ for Mr Brown
Up to now I don’ know if it was really actual
That’s why I say
Who is Mr Brown?
ha ha ha.”

Bob Marley 1975

©Kate Simon

The Boarding House
San Francisco,CA  July 7, 1975

“Kinky Reggae” (Sample Track)

EX Stereo Soundboard
(SBD > pre-FM Master > DAT)* >> CD-R (2+ gen.) > EAC > CoolEditPro^ > FLAC > DIME > Pitch Correct>CDWAV> TLH > FLAC6

01. Trenchtown Rock (4:53)
02. Burniní & Lootiní (5:32)
03. Midnight Ravers (5:50)
04. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) (4:19)
05. Rebel Music (7:35)
06. No Woman, No Cry (7:13)
07. Kinky Reggae  (6:31)
08. Stir It Up (4:55)
09. Lively Up Yourself (10:40)
10. Get Up, Stand Up (8:01)



This is an amazing Bob Marley recording. The original download of this recording ran slightly fast. This is the sidewindersf 2009 re-pitched version. All tracks on this version are now correct pitch. The repeated segment during the “yeah” from the crowd just before the drum intro to “Midnight Ravers” was removed. There is a strange sort of slight skip in “No Woman No Cry” during the vocal “Good Friends We Have” (specifically during the word “have”). This was not repairable without removing music and was not changed. This version was not EQ’d. The main difference from the original is that the speed is now correct and the show has been re-tracked with CD WAV. The pitch difference is slight, but musicians will notice.. Many thanks to the original uploader for sharing this must have show. Thanks to Bob Marley & The Wailers for their timeless music and constant inspiration.

Bob Marley 1975