"War" is a song by Bob Marley, derived from a speech made by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I.
Marley, along with fellow Rastafarians, praise Selassie as the reincarnate of God, and refer to him as “The Lion,” which Marley does in many of his songs. Haile Selassie I gave the speech calling for world peace at the 1963 U.N. Conference in New York City.
Marley uses part of Selassie’s speech that calls for equality among all without regard to race, class, or nationality in his hymnal cry for peace. In his song, Marley asserts that until the day of an equal society, there is war.
Besides the lyrics Marley uses in the song, Selassie urged U.N. officials and country representatives to disarm nuclear weapons, and to end international exploitation (specifically with Africa) during his speech in 1963. In this song, Bob honors Haile Selassie I while calling for action against racial inequality and international injustice.