REDEEMED * P. REID * SKA BEAT 197 * UK
It's hard to know just, what is 'redeemed' on this hot Ska vocal from the studio of Coxsone Dodd; the singer sings of "the price I could not pay" but that is all that is clear to me. The OED has Redeemed as: 1. To buy back (a thing formerly possessed); to make payment for (a thing held or claimed by another). Also absolutely. b. To regain, recover (an immaterial thing) 1526. c. To regain or recover by force 1666. 2. a. To free (mortgaged property), to recover (a person or a thing put in pledge), by payment of the amount due, or by fulfilling some obligation 1470. b. To buy off, compound for (a charge or obligation) by payment or some other way 1494. c. To fulfill, perform (a pledge, promise, etc.) 1840. 3. To ransom, liberate, free (a person) from bondage, captivity, or punishment; to save (a person's life) by paying ransom. late ME. 4. To rescue, save, deliver 1470. b. To reclaim (land) 1721. 5. To free from a charge or claim 1494. .........8. To save (time) from being lost 1526. Now, that last concept is interesting.
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