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Good music can transform any mindset. Let’s say your in an office with a stack of files screaming at you to finish them. You want to bury your head in the sand, but instead you turn on iTunes and let the music ride. The sweet beats of reggae start to alter your mood and remind you of that Caribbean vacation you have booked a couple months from now. All the sudden that stack of files doesn’t seem so daunting. That’s the power of music.
Most of the time I flip between Radio Margaritaville and No Shoe Radio, each station playing songs that take your mind to sunny beaches and cold rum drinks. Last week I was listening to NSR and “Fruitful Days” by Big Mountain came on and did a little mood altering on me. This song is played fairly often on NSR but for some reason it caught my focus this time. I was like, “I need to write a post about this song and share it with the Castaways.” Well here it is.
I found two versions of it on YouTube. The first is a awesome acoustic version that I had never heard before, the second is the record version. Give them both a listen and let me know which one you like better.
Acoustic Version – Fruitful Days
Record Version – Fruitful Days
Fruitful Day Lyrics – Big Mountain
I ya man have come to know The movement looks strong From reading the scriptures I know we ain’t wrong, no Jah jah people work together We help out one another And we ain’t got no time to lose Must teach the ignorant truth, so
More fruitful days That is what the people need More fruitful days, ah yeah
Can’t wait for promises of salvation It’s time to free our people With a promise of some dignity Rise up and heal the situation Hear you call, yeah, yeah Rasta people must face our destiny
More fruitful days That is what the people need More fruitful days
Time to heal the hurtin’ More fruitful days Seeking out the righteous
More fruitful days Them a build their conspiracies With no justice in sight You just can’t keep fillin’ up the youth With all those dirty lies It’s about healin’ people Healin’ the people Healin’ the people
I tell ya straight If we take the time You know, we will see That to tell the youth the truth Is the only remedy
More fruitful days That is what we’re fightin’ for More fruitful days Time to heal the people
More fruitful days Seeking out the righteous More fruitful days It’s about healin’ people (repeat 7 times) And mashing down oppression And rights in this ya nation And seeking out the righteous And teachin’ right the children
Big Mountain History (Via Wikipedia)
Big Mountain evolved from the mid-1980s band Rainbow Warriors in San Diego, California, in 1991, the original line-up including Joaquin McWhinney “Quino” (vocals), Jerome Cruz (guitar), Gregory Blakney (drums), Lance Rhodes (drums), Manfred Reinke (keyboards), and Lynn Copeland (bass guitar).
 The band first reached the charts with the song “Touch My Light” in the late spring of 1993, receiving major airplay on mainstream radio stations, such as B-100 and Q-106 in San Diego. “Baby, I Love Your Way” was included on the soundtrack for the film, Reality Bites, and peaked at number six in the Billboard Hot 100
If you’d like to grab this song and other Big Mountain songs, you can download their “Best Of” CD here.
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