Oh Jah Jah

Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Released on January 27, 2015 through the distribution arm of Caribbean music specialists VP Records, this reggae track is informed by current events. Murphy told Rolling Stone why he tapped into his island roots for the song. "The lyrics lent itself to this whole reggae feel," he explained. "The first lyric in that song goes, 'The devil's on the move.' Originally it was 'Ebola's on the move,' but I was like 'Ebola's gonna be over, and the song will be dated."

    "I wrote that track the first week that Ebola jumped off, and Ferguson was going on – it was pulled out of the headlines. To say this stuff, it has to be reggae. You can't touch on none of this with an R&B track, because people will shut down to it. But do a roots reggae song that feels like Bob Marley type of stuff, you can say it."
  • Jah is the shortened form of the divine name YHWH (also spelled Jehovah, Yehowah, or Yahweh). The name is most commonly associated with the Rastafari movement but Murphy denied using it as a statement of faith. "Oh no, no. I'm not a Rasta," he said. "I'm doing a reggae track, reggae artists they say Jah, so I said Jah. I can call God Jah and not be a Rasta."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Tony Joe White

Tony Joe WhiteSongwriter Interviews

The writer of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and "Polk Salad Annie" explains how he cooks up his Louisiana swamp rock.

Grammar In Lyrics

Grammar In LyricsMusic Quiz

Lyrics don't always follow the rules of grammar. Can you spot the ones that don't?

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.

Graduation Songs

Graduation SongsFact or Fiction

Have you got the smarts to know which of these graduation song stories are real?

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"

Chris Frantz - "Genius of Love"They're Playing My Song

Chris and his wife Tina were the rhythm section for Talking Heads when they formed The Tom Tom Club. "Genius of Love" was their blockbuster, but David Byrne only mentioned it once.

Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")

Terry Jacks ("Seasons in the Sun")Songwriter Interviews

Inspired by his dear friend, "Seasons in the Sun" paid for Terry's boat, which led him away from music and into a battle with Canadian paper mills.