Concrete Jungle
Bob Marley & The Wailers Lyrics


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No sun will shine in my day today (no sun will shine)
The high yellow moon won't come out to play
(Dancing yellow moon won't come out to play)
(I said) darkness (darkness) has covered my light
(And has changed) and has changed my day into night, whoa
Where is this love to be found?
Won't someone tell me, please? Oh life (sweet life)
Must be somewhere (has got to be)
To be found (out there somewhere for me)
Instead of concrete jungle (jungle, jungle)
Where the living is hardest (concrete jungle)
Oh Lord, have mercy
Concrete jungle, jungle, jungle
Oh, yeah
Man, you got to do your best, whoa, now

No chains around my feet
But I'm not free, whoa
I know I am bound here in captivity, oh, yeah
Yeah (never know what happiness is)
I would say
(Never know what sweet caress is) oh, sweet caress is
I'm always laughing like a clown
But, oh, won't someone help me 'cause I
(Sweet life, has got to be) I've got to pick myself
From off the ground, yeah, yeah (out there somewhere for me)
Instead concrete jungle (jungle, jungle, jungle)
I said, truth would not prove my innocency (concrete jungle)
Oh, concrete jungle (concrete jungle, jungle, jungle)
I said, the jury's found me guilty, yeah (concrete jungle)
Whoa, now

I said, no sun will shine in my day today, ohh (no sun will shine)
High yellow moon won't come out to play
(Dancing yellow moon won't come out to play)
(I said) darkness (darkness) has covered my light
And has changed my day into night
I said, where is this love to be found? Ohh
I said, life (sweet life)
Must be somewhere (has got to be)
To be found (out there somewhere for me)
Instead of concrete jungle (jungle, jungle)
Illusion, illusion (concrete jungle)
Whoa now, concrete jungle (jungle, jungle)
Or your burning asphalt burned my feet (concrete jungle)
Whoa now, I said
Concrete jungle (jungle, jungle)
I smell your cooking shops




Oh, they smell of cooking meats, oh Lord (concrete jungle)
Concrete jungle

Overall Meaning

In Bob Marley & The Wailers's "Concrete Jungle", the lyrics are a metaphorical representation of the struggles of life in inner city neighborhoods. The song is characterized by a melancholic and dark melody, which represents the bleakness and hopelessness of the singer's situation. The opening lines "No sun will shine in my day today" and "The high yellow moon won't come out to play" express the idea that there is no hope for a better future. The lyrics "darkness has covered my light and the stage my day into night" also reinforce this idea. The singer is looking for love and happiness, but is trapped in a "concrete jungle", where survival is the main goal. The phrase "concrete jungle" symbolizes the lack of nature and human compassion, where survival means being ruthless and unsympathetic towards others. The line "man you got to do your best" suggests that despite the difficulties, one must continue to strive to survive.


The singer of the song speaks about being in captivity, without any chains. This line refers to the invisible chains of poverty and lack of opportunities that prevent individuals from escaping their situation. The lyrics "never, never, I've never known happiness, never, never, I've never known what sweet caress is" highlight the lack of affection and happiness in the singer's life. However, the last line "still, I'll be always laughing like a clown" emphasizes that one must persist and find humor in the darkest of moments.


Line by Line Meaning

No sun will shine
There will be no happiness or positivity in my life.


The high yellow moon won't come out to play
Even the beauty and light that I once saw in the world has disappeared.


I said darkness, darkness has covered my light
My spirit is overwhelmed by darkness and negativity.


And the stage my day into night, yeah
This darkness has overtaken my entire existence.


Where is the love to be found?
I am desperately searching for love and positivity to counteract the darkness.


Must be somewhere for me
There must be a place where I can find love and positivity.


Instead of concrete jungle (la la-la!)
I am tired of living in a place that is devoid of love and positivity.


Where the living is harder
Living in this place is a constant struggle and challenge.


Concrete jungle (la-la!)
This place feels like a harsh and unforgiving jungle.


Man you got to do your best, whoa, yeah
In this place, one must always give their best effort to survive.


No chains around my feet, but I'm not free, oh-ooh!
I may not be physically restrained, but I am trapped in this place regardless.


I know I am bound here in captivity
I am a prisoner to this place and its harsh realities.


Never, never I've never known happiness
I have never experienced true joy or happiness in this place.


Never, never I've never known what sweet caress is
I have never known the comfort and love that comes from a tender embrace.


Still, I'll be always laughing like a clown
Despite my struggles, I will try to maintain a positive outlook and find joy in small moments.


Won't someone help me 'cause I (sweet life)
I need someone to help me find a better life, full of love and positivity.


I've got to pick myself from off the ground
I must find the strength within myself to fight against the difficult circumstances that surround me.


In this a concrete jungle (la la-la!)
I am forced to live in a difficult and challenging environment.


I said, what do you got for me (la-la!) now, o-oh!
Despite my struggles, I remain hopeful that the world can offer me something better.


Concrete jungle (la la-la!), ah, won't you let me be (concrete jungle)
I wish to escape the harsh realities of this place and move on to something better.


I said that life (sweet life) it must be somewhere (must be somewhere for me) to be found
I am convinced that there is a better life waiting for me somewhere.


Oh, instead, concrete jungle (la-la!) collusion confusion (concrete jungle) eh!
But for now, I am stuck in a place that is full of chaos, confusion, and oppression.


Concrete jungle (la-la!) baby, you've got it in
This place truly is a harsh jungle environment, full of danger and difficulty.


Concrete jungle (concrete jungle) eh!
The harsh realities of this place are always present, and they weigh heavily on me.


What do you got for me (concrete jungle)
I am constantly asking what the world has to offer me, despite the harsh realities of my current circumstances.


Concrete jungle (la-la!)
This is truly a difficult and unforgiving place to live.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bob Marley

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@ryanditorachmatsantoso5384

No sun will shine in my day today
(No sun will shine)
The high yellow moon won't come out to play
(Won't come out to play)
Darkness has covered my light
(And the stage) and the stage my day into night
Now, where is this love to be found?
Won't someone tell me 'cause life (sweet life)
Must be somewhere (sweet life) to be found (somewhere, somewhere for me)
Instead of a concrete jungle
Where the living is harder (in a concrete)
Concrete jungle (jungle)
Oh man, you've got to do your best, yeah
No chains around my feet but I'm not free
I know I am bound here in captivity
And I've never known happiness
And I've never known sweet caresses
Still, I be always laughing like a clown
Won't someone help me 'cause I (sweet life)
I've got to pick myself (sweet life) from off the ground, yeah (somewhere, somewhere for me)
In this here concrete jungle (la la-la)
I say, what do you got for me, now?
Concrete jungle (la la-la)
Oh, why won't you let me be, now? (concrete jungle)
I said that life (sweet life)
Must be somewhere (sweet life) to be found, yeah, yeah (somewhere, somewhere for me)
Instead of a concrete jungle (jungle)
Where the living is hardest (concrete jungle)
Concrete jungle (jungle)
Oh man, you've got to do your best, yeah (concrete jungle)
Concrete jungle (jungle)
You name it
In this concrete jungle
(Jungle, jungle)
Concrete jungle, you name it, we got it
Concrete jungle, now
(Jungle, jungle, now)



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@LocalMarksFishing

Just leaving my comment here so that everytime someone likes it I get to listen to this masterpiece again!

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@tomanidiatta5073

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@prestozer

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@nothgiel84

this man music will never die...every generation loves and knows who Bob Marley was

@rolandoisu

Peter Tosh is the most overlooked singer in reggae music.

@NoLefTurnUnStoned.

Bunny is killing those harmonies too

@morganWithTheStory

Bunny is

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