Rich Man Poor Man
The Gladiators Lyrics


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The rich man poor man beggar man thief
Everyone claim that them are the chief
The rich man buy the poor man's life
The poor man take away the beggar man's wife

Don't cry my brothers
Don't cry my sisters
Tears won't change the situation
It's just a form, a form of reaction

If you step on fire, fire burn you
If you play with puppy, puppy lick your mouth
So stand up strong, you got to know where you belong,
Say the weak ones now will soon become strong

Hey, everything will soon be okay
As soon as the war is over
Jah children will be free to come over
Singing and dancing ready to take over
Have some faith, have a little faith

Hey, everything will soon he okay
As soon as the war is over
Jah children will be free to come over



Singing and dancing ready to take over
Have some faith, have a little faith...

Overall Meaning

The Gladiators’ song “Rich Man Poor Man” speaks to the class struggle and power dynamics that exist within societies. The lyrics describe how everyone, regardless of their socioeconomic standing, claims to be in charge. The rich man is portrayed as having the power to control the poor man’s life, while the poor man can take away the beggar man’s wife. This highlights the idea that power is constantly shifting and that no one has complete control.


The chorus encourages people to stay strong and not cry, as tears won’t change the situation. It suggests that reacting emotionally is often futile when trying to address social and economic issues. The lyrics go further to assert that those who are currently weak will soon become strong, indicating that change is on the horizon.


The song ends on a hopeful note, suggesting that everything will be okay when the war is over and Jah’s (God’s) children are free. It advocates for having faith, and speaks to the idea that there is always hope for a better future.


Overall, “Rich Man Poor Man” is a powerful commentary on power dynamics and hope for change.


Line by Line Meaning

The rich man poor man beggar man thief
This is a listing of different societal classes that exist in the world


Everyone claim that them are the chief
Every societal class feels it is the most important


The rich man buy the poor man's life
Those with power can control the fate of those without


The poor man take away the beggar man's wife
Those who have little can also experience loss and hardship


Don't cry my brothers
Do not despair, fellow members of society


Don't cry my sisters
Do not despair, fellow members of society


Tears won't change the situation
Crying will not lead to resolution of issues


It's just a form, a form of reaction
Crying is simply a physiological response


If you step on fire, fire burn you
Actions often have consequences


If you play with puppy, puppy lick your mouth
Actions often have consequences


So stand up strong, you got to know where you belong
In order to be resilient, one must understand their place in society


Say the weak ones now will soon become strong
Those who are currently disadvantaged will eventually rise


Hey, everything will soon be okay
Do not worry, a positive outcome will eventually come


As soon as the war is over
Certain conflicts or struggles are causing issues


Jah children will be free to come over
Freedom for all members of society is an ideal outcome


Singing and dancing ready to take over
All members of society are ready to embrace this ideal


Have some faith, have a little faith
Belief or hope that things will improve is essential




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