This song, written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, is perhaps even more relevant today than back in the 70s when it was originally written. It's about the Marley's fight for respect and acceptance of his Rastafarian religion in Jamaica. It reverberates for me today because I fear we will soon be fighting for our constitutionally guaranteed rights due to over reaction to the now everyday horrors we are witnessing throughout the world.
"This was the last song Marley performed; he sang it from a stool at a show in Pittsburgh on September 23, 1980. Marley's cancer had spread to his brain and it was surprising he could perform at all, but he did a 20-song set that night, closing with a 6-minute rendition of "Get Up, Stand Up," and collapsing soon after the show. He would die on May 11, 1981." http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=7609