Song of the Day : Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers

Three Little Birds” is a song by Bob Marley & The Wailers. It is the fourth track on side two of their 1977 album Exodus and was released as a single in 1980. The song reached the Top 20 in the UK, peaking at number 17. It is one of Bob Marley’s most popular songs. The song has been covered by numerous other artists. One of the most notable covers was by British singer Connie Talbot, whose version reached number one on theBillboard Hot Singles Sales chart in 2008.

Lyrics:

“Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)

Singin’: “Don’t worry ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry (don’t worry) ’bout a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, “This is my message to you-ou-ou:”

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh!
Every little thing gonna be all right. Don’t worry!”
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing” – I won’t worry!
“‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”

Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right” – I won’t worry!
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.”
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing, oh no!
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!

……

The source of Marley’s inspiration for the lyrics of “Three Little Birds” remains disputed. They’re partly inspired by birds that Marley was fond of, that used to fly and sit next to his home. Tony Gilbert, a long time friend of Marley, was present at the time he was writing the song and elaborated, “Bob got inspired by a lot of things around him, he observed life. I remember the three little birds. They were pretty birds, canaries, who would come by the windowsill at Hope Road.” However, three female singers from the reggae group I Threes who did shows with Marley claim it is a reference to them. I Threes member Marcia Griffiths remarked, “After the song was written, Bob would always refer to us as the Three Little Birds. After a show, there would be an encore, sometimes people even wanted us to go back onstage four times. Bob would still want to go back and he would say, ‘What is my Three Little Birds saying?'”

Covers

Releases

  • Karen David’s cover is being released on her EP entitled Three Little Birds, which is due for release on January 25, 2012 in North America and around Spring in the UK and Europe.
  • Robbie Williams sings the song in his concert released on DVD.
  • Gilberto Gil recorded and released the song as a single.
  • Ziggy Marley and Sean Paul recorded a cover for the 2004 animated film Shark Tale and its soundtrack.
  • Connie Talbot released a cover of the song as the first single from her album Over the Rainbow in June 2008.
  • The Postmarks covered this tune on their 2008 lp By the Numbers.
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks made a cover version of this song on their 2008 album Undeniable.
  • Jason Mraz also performs this song in conjunction with the song “I’m Yours” in concerts.
  • Panic! At the Disco’s frontman Brendon Urie recorded a cover, which has become well known through YouTube.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell recorded a cover of “Three Little Birds” on her 2006 album “You Are My Little Bird” released by Smithsonian Folkways
  • Black 47 performed this song for Live In New York City, their seventh album.

Bob Marley and the Wailers

Also known as The Teenagers, The Wailing Rudeboys, The Wailing Wailers, The Wailers
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, ska, rocksteady
Years active 1963–1981
Labels Studio One, Wail’n Soul’m, Tuff Gong, Beverley’s, Upsetter, Island
Associated acts The Upsetters, I Threes, Word, Sound and Power, The Wailers Band, The Original Wailers
Website http://www.bobmarley.com
Past members Bob Marley
Peter Tosh
Bunny Wailer
Junior Braithwaite
Cherry Smith
Beverley Kelso
Constantine Walker
Aston Barrett
Carlton Barrett
Earl Lindo
Tyrone Downie
Rita Marley
Marcia Griffiths
Judy Mowatt
Al Anderson
Alvin Patterson
Earl “Chinna” Smith
Donald Kinsey
Junior Marvin

image by raulovsky

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One Response to Song of the Day : Three Little Birds by Bob Marley & The Wailers

  1. Buzwane Modise says:

    Nice

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