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Rita Marley accepts on behalf of Bob Marley

Wow. Thank you very much, brothers and sisters.  Rastafari live, you know.  As Bob would say, there's a natural mystic that's flowing through the air, and if you listen carefully, you will hear that it's coming through the air of the fantastic Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Brothers and sisters, we want to thank you.  We have here tonight members of the Wailers, members of the I-3s [?], Bob Marley's mother,  Mrs. B.  We have here Ziggy Marley, Niskamali Marley [?], and this is Julian Marley.  Brothers and sisters, I was sent with a very special message to you tonight, and I need to put my glasses on.  I don't want to make no mistake, because this one is coming from Zion.  It says: There's a natural mystic blowing through the air, and if you listen carefully, you will hear.  When the morning gathers the rainbow, I want you to know that you are a rainbow too.  We're a rebel, we're a soul rebel.  We're a capturer, we're a soul-adventurer.  And he is a buffalo soldier in the heart of America.  I and I come to break down oppression [?].  We want to rule equality.  We want to wipe away all transgression and set the captives free.  The bars could not hold me, the forces could not control me.  They tried to keep me down, but Jah put I around.  Now open your eyes and look within.  Are you satisfied with the life you're living?  Don't forget your history.  Know your destiny.  Because in the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.  But like a tree that's planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth fruit in its due season, everything in life has its purpose; it finds its reason in every season.  No woman, no cry, 'cause everything is gonna be all right.  Now say something.  Say something.  Right.  'Cause we're gonna emancipate ourselves from mental slavery.  None but ourselves can free our mind.  Yeah.  So won't you help me sing these songs of freedom - redemption songs.  Brothers and sisters, on behalf of the family and friends, we thank you.  God bless you, and we love you.