The lyrics of the song come from a speech given by Haile Selassie I, also known as Ras Tafari and considered to be God, or Jah, in Rastafarianism. Selassie gave the speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 1963, where he advocated for peace.
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In 1992, Sinead O'Connor performed this song on Saturday Night Live, then said "Fight the real enemy" and tore up a photo of the Pope. This helped establish O'Connor as very anti-establishment and perhaps a little nuts. Her studio version can be found on the 2005 album Throw Down Your Arms.
Bruno from Lima, PeruThe first known version of this song by Sinead O'Connor was the A capella version that she performed on Saturday Night Live. She changed the mentions of the African countries in the song by the repetition of the phrase "child abuse" as a protest for the child abuse by Catholic priests and the tolerance of that by the Vatican. It was because of this that she tore up the photo of the Pope John Paul II. The second known version was performed in the Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration when the audience booed at her about the SNL events two weeks before. This version was a capella too, in a more wilder style. At the end of her terrific performance she let the stage and cried in the arms of Kris Kristofferson. The third and only official release version was that can be found in her reggae album "Thrown down your arms" in a reggae style and without changes in the lyrics.
Adam from South Pasadena, IsraelOne of his most powerful songs