In this bass-heavy rocker, Phil Lynott celebrates black leaders and cultural icons, shouting out Martin Luther King, Muhammed Ali, Bob Marley, Robert Mugabe, Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix. But oddly, he throws shade on Stevie Wonder, making these snide references:I don't want no songs for plants
Wonder released an album in 1979 called Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants
.I want liberty living in the city
A reference to Wonder's song "Living for the City
Wonder may not have been known for his activism at the time, but he would be soon: Less than a year after Lynott released this song, Wonder led a rally in Washington, D.C.
to push Martin Luther King's birthday as a national holiday.