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"Iron Lion Zion" is a song written and recorded in April 1973[1][2] or 1974[2] by Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley and first released posthumously in 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, and another version was included in 2014 on Corazón. The song is played as a post-victory song for the soccer team Real Salt Lake.


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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 I, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah.

Track listings[edit]Edit

7" single
  1. "Iron Lion Zion" — 3:21
  2. "Smile Jamaica" (by Bob Marley & The Wailers) — 3:13
CD maxi
  1. "Iron Lion Zion" (7" mix) — 3:21
  2. "Smile Jamaica" (by Bob Marley & The Wailers) — 3:12
  3. "Three Little Birds" (alternative mix) (by Bob Marley & The Wailers) — 2:55
  4. "Iron Lion Zion" (12" mix) — 7:02


Weekly charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1992–1993) Peak


Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 5
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[5] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6] 10
France (SNEP)[7] 3
Germany (Media Control Charts)[8] 17
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 4
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 2
Poland (LP3)[13] 33
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 5
US BillboardModern Rock Tracks[17] 11

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1992) Position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[18] 48
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 36
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[20] 61

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