Iron Lion Zion

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"Iron Lion Zion"
Single by Bob Marley
from the album Songs of Freedom
B-side"Smile Jamaica"
Released7 September 1992
FormatCD single, CD maxi,
7" single
RecordedApril 1973
GenreReggae
Length3:21
LabelTuff Gong
Writer(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Errol Brown, Ingmar Kiang
Bob Marley, The Wailers
Trevor Wyatt
Bob Marley singles chronology
"Buffalo Soldier"
(1983)
"Iron Lion Zion"
(1992)
 
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"Iron Lion Zion"
Single by Bob Marley
from the album Songs of Freedom
B-side"Smile Jamaica"
Released7 September 1992
FormatCD single, CD maxi,
7" single
RecordedApril 1973
GenreReggae
Length3:21
LabelTuff Gong
Writer(s)Bob Marley
Producer(s)Errol Brown, Ingmar Kiang
Bob Marley, The Wailers
Trevor Wyatt
Bob Marley singles chronology
"Buffalo Soldier"
(1983)
"Iron Lion Zion"
(1992)

"Iron Lion Zion" is a song written and recorded in April 1973[1][2] or 1974[2] by Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley and first released posthumously in 7 September 1992 on the Songs of Freedom box set, reaching number 5 in the UK Singles Chart. A remixed version was released as a single and later included in 1995 on Natural Mystic: The Legend Lives On. The song is played as a post-victory song for the soccer team Real Salt Lake.

Lyrics[edit]

The song's lyrics are directly related to Rastafarian beliefs. Zion is "the promised land", in the song referring to Ethiopia. The lion refers to the Lion of Judah, which appeared on the old royal Ethiopian flag, and represents Haile Selassie I, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Iron Lion Zion" — 3:21
  2. "Smile Jamaica" (by Bob Marley & The Wailers) — 3:13
CD maxi
  1. "Iron Lion Zion" (7" mix) — 3:21
  2. "Smile Jamaica" (by Bob Marley & The Wailers) — 3:12
  3. "Three Little Birds" (alternative mix) (by Bob Marley & The Wailers) — 2:55
  4. "Iron Lion Zion" (12" mix) — 7:02

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1992–1993)Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3]11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4]5
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[5]6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6]10
France (SNEP)[7]3
Germany (Media Control AG)[8]17
Ireland (IRMA)[9]5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10]4
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[11]5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12]2
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[13]33
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14]2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15]9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16]5
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[17]11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1992)Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18]48
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19]36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20]61

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steffens, Roger; Jodie Pierson, Leroy (2005). Bob Marley and the Wailers: The Definitive Discography. Rounder Books. p. 70. ISBN 1-57940-120-1. 
  2. ^ a b Kazo (2008). Bob Marley and the Wailers "Compared discography" (11 ed.). p. 65. 
  3. ^ "Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Iron Lion Zion – Bob Marley and the Wailers". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Retrieved 6 January 2014. "Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 6" 
  6. ^ "Hits of the World". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 104 (48): 61. 28 November 1992. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Bob Marley - Iron Lion Zion". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bob Marley - Iron Lion Zion search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  13. ^ "IRON LION ZION – Bob Marley". Nowe Media, Polskie Radio S.A. LP3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  15. ^ "Bob Marley – Iron Lion Zion – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Bob Marley – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  18. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1992" (in Dutch). ULTRATOP & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  19. ^ "Single Top 100 over 1992" (PDF) (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  20. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Single 1992" (in Dutch). Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 6 January 2014.