Throw Down Your Arms

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Throw Down Your Arms
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Studio album by
Released4 October 2005
Studio Tuff Gong Studios and Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Reggae
LengthCD 1: 47:27
CD 2: 48:09
Label Chocolate and Vanilla
Producer Sly and Robbie
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Throw Down Your Arms is Sinéad O'Connor's seventh studio album, and her first reggae album. O'Connor sings cover versions of classic roots reggae songs, with production by Sly and Robbie.


The album was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios and Anchor Studios in 2004 and released by Chocolate and Vanilla on 4 October 2005. 10 per cent of the profits went to support Rastafari elders in Jamaica. [9]

Track listing

CD 1 (Original versions)
1. Jah Nuh Dead 3.20
2. Marcus Garvey 3.28
3. Door Peep 3.22
4. He Prayed 3.27
5.Y Mas Gan3.49
6.Curly Locks4.22
8.Prophet Has Arise4.26
9. Downpressor Man 5.08
10. Throw Down Your Arms 4.02
11. Untold Stories 3.40
12. War 4.04
CD 2 (Dub versions)
1. Micah 4:1-5 about the Kingdom come and "swords into plowshares"

with last line reading: "All the peoples walk each in the name of their Gods."

2.Jah Nuh Dead3.12
3.Marcus Garvey3.29
4.Door Peep3.19
5.He Prayed3.28
6.Y Mas Gan3.51
7.Curly Locks4.17
9.Prophet Has Arise4.24
10.Downpressor Man5.07
11.Throw Down Your Arms4.12
12.Untold Stories3.42

The original songs were recorded by the following Jamaican reggae artists:

  1. "Marcus Say Jah No Dead" (Burning Spear in 1978)
  2. "Marcus Garvey" (Burning Spear in 1975)
  3. "Door Peep" (Burning Spear in 1976)
  4. "He Prayed" (Burning Spear in 1973)
  5. "Y Mas Gan" (The Abyssinians in 1969)
  6. "Curly Locks" (Junior Byles in 1974)
  7. "Vampire" (Devon Irons in 1976)
  8. "Prophet Has Arise" (Israel Vibration in 1978)
  9. "Downpressor Man" (Peter Tosh in 1977*)
  10. "Throw Down Your Arms" (Burning Spear in 1977)
  11. "Untold Stories" (Buju Banton in 1995)
  12. "War" (Bob Marley & The Wailers in 1976)

The Japanese version of the CD also includes:

"Move Out Of Babylon" (Johnny Clarke in 1974)
"Abendigo" (The Abyssinians in 1969)
"Jah Can Count On I" (Little Roy in 1975).



Chart (2005)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [10] 67
French Albums (SNEP) [11] 26
Irish Albums (IRMA) [12] 17
Italian Albums (FIMI) [13] 73
US Independent Albums ( Billboard ) [14] 36
US Reggae Albums ( Billboard ) [15] 4


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Ireland (IRMA) [16] Gold7,500^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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