From my old friend Joe Macdonald, who has been burning it up on Facebook recently with some amazing, insightful and deeply moving writing. He says,
I first heard this deep cut by Bob Marley when I bought a cassette of rarities in a grocery store in northern British Columbia in 1986. If you are a big tree, we are a small axe. Ready to cut you down. Watching the extraordinary turn-outs of these Women’s Marches is the most hopeful thing I have seen in years and years.
The lyrics are apropos:
Why boasteth thyself/Oh, evil men
Playing smart/And not being clever?
I said, you’re working iniquity/To achieve vanity (if a-so a-so)
But the goodness of Jah, Jah/I-dureth forever
So if you are the big tree
We are the small axe