Built upon a line from Psalm 118—"The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner stone"—this Wailers classic can be interpreted as a universal underdog's anthem, like so many Marley classics before and since.
Bob recorded the song soon after being rebuffed by the family of his white father, Captain Norval Marley of Britain's Royal Marines.
But the film Marley suggests that Bob recorded this particular song soon after being rebuffed by the family of his white father, Captain Norval Marley of Britain's Royal Marines.
In one of the film's most powerful sequences, Marley's lighter-skinned relatives listen to the song with pained facial expressions as they reflect on the fact that Bob has become the Marley, the illegitimate Rasta son who was rejected by his military father is now the only reason the Marley name is renowned around the world. Such is the power of song. Prophecy fullfilled.