'get up, stand up
Stand up for your rights
Get up, stand up
Don't give up the fight

from Common – Book of Life Lyrics on Rap Genius


Interpolated from the Bob Marley song “Get Up, Stand Up”.


This reference completes the narrative of the previous 4-5 lines. after all he’s been through, Common finally has a wider/informed view of his status/‘place’ in America— he can take right action.

His reaction is the same as Bob Marley’s— to shake things up. it’s a call to arms (figuratively speaking, of course)

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