“Trenchtown Rock” was released by Bob Marley and The Wailers as a single in 1971. The original version was produced by the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry and released on his Tuff Gong Records label. It was later featured on the 1973 compilation album, African Herbsman.
The lyrics of “Trench Town Rock” are an ode to Marley’s hometown, Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica, and the rich music and culture that it produced throughout the 60s and beyond. This upbeat rocksteady song touches on how music makes Bob feel, and calls for peace amid the tumultuous environment of Kingston in the early 70s. It has been referenced by many musicians. Drake, for example, quoted the first line on his track 2010 “Over”: