|"Iron Lion Zion"|
|Single by Bob Marley|
|from the album Songs of Freedom|
|Released||7 September 1992|
|Bob Marley singles chronology|
"Iron Lion Zion" is a song written and recorded in April 1973 or 1974 by Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley. It was first released posthumously on 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'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, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah.
Billboard wrote about the song: "Rockers' reggae with pop swing and dance sizzle, this propulsive, previously unreleased jewel from the new "Songs Of Freedom" boxed set features a wonderfully exultant vocal from Marley, plus the terrific horn of Courtney Pine. A smash in the U.K., it deserves to explode here. And don't miss the 12-inch Kiang club mix."
Music & Media wrote: "One of those previously unreleased tracks in the 4-CD Marley box. Of course it's a little bit reworked in the studios with additional musicians such as the jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine and female vocal trio I Trees, featuring Marley's widow Rita. Bound to be a classic like the posthumously released Buffalo Soldier in 1983."