JC: "What kind of government does Jamaica have?"
MARLEY: "Like the one they have in Ethiopia--Socialist. Jamaica govamint a no... the govamint in Jamaica, uh, we conn-trol Jamaica, mon. We conn-trol it--Rasta conn-trol Jamaica. True we no want it! We don't really want it b'cause them ones like the money. So we don't really want to take it from dem, ya know? Them can't stand it, 'cause is a problem. But Rasta conn-trol Jamaica."
JC: "Do the Rastas in Jamaica and the Prime Minister (Michael Manley) get along well together? Do they have the same ideologies?"
MARLEY: "No mon! Michael Manley is a Marxist-Leninist-Socialist, Rasta is a monarchy. Dig It!"
JC: "Do you think Manley will be overthrown?"
MARLEY: "I don't know, mon."
JC: "If something happened to Manley, what do you think would happen to Jamaica?"
MARLEY: "ANYTHING that 'oppen, it have to be better!"
(Ironically, as Marley answered this question, the face of Jimmy Carter loomed giantly on the screen of the color TV that was directly next to Bob, and I tried in vain to get a picture of the two... Meanwhile, Elias turned the topic to music.)
JC: "Your music isn't promoted very much in this country, and there's not much reggae played on the radio, either. Is there anything you can do about that?"
MARLEY: "In Jamaica where we come from, dem no play it that much, neither."
JC: "But how, then, can your music be promoted?"
MARLEY: "People do it! Dem no advertise herb, and the people smoke it. As long as the music keep doing the right thing, mon, them can't stop it."
JC: "Bob, have you ever played in Russia?"
MARLEY: "Me don't want to play Russia. The only time me play Russia is when Ethiopia run smooth again. (At this point, Marley reached a point of intensity rarely encountered offstage, and he began to rage--) Ya can imagine if you go to Ethiopia now and say, 'Rastafari!' and people say, 'GO AWAY! GO AWAY! NO SELASSIE! BURN! KILL SELASSIE! KILL RASTAFARI! KILL HIM!' Them blooood claat people! Wicked! All over Ethiopia, 'BURN SELASSIE!'--Them no know what sin them commit; that's why them dead off so much. That is a terrible sin them commit. Fuckahs! All the people in the parliament of His Majesty traitors, too. Yeah, mon, dem cause the whole t'ing, and then watch how black people have no pride. His Majesty is 84, Mengistu (Mengistu Haile Mariam, chairman of the military junta in Ethiopia) is 32, and Mengistu go stick up a mon who is 84! Now what kind of dignity does this Ethiopian have? There was none there--that was a sack of shit! That was no war--that was just a SACRIFICE! All the people so foo-lish! Them no try to solve the problem, them use the problem to fight 'gainst God. They say, 'We want television! We want telephones! blah-blah! Boom-boom!' It terrible t'ing--terrible, terrible, terrible t'ing, you know, Rasta."