- A duppy is a Jamaican ghost, sometimes said to be the spiritual incarnation of a person’s exact opposite. When Marley sings that he is the duppy conqueror, he is celebrating overcoming his negative self. It’s a song of victory.
The opening reminds me of Leo Sayer’s ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, which is fitting, as the song is understated enough to dance to forever, and never grow old.
- I’m not sure whether being raised on The Blues Brothers soundtrack has influenced my appreciation of soul music, or it is universally and objectively good music. I’m going with the latter. This whole album is full of the finest quality recordings, and is tastefully produced.
- I’m not sure whether the French language just sound better, or the allure of the mystery of the lyrics attracts me to the song. Foux da fa fa. Either way, it’s a marvel Wes Anderson hasn’t used this song in a film yet.