'Every Little Thing's Gonna Be Alright,' Bob Marley’s Song '3 Little Birds' Said So

By | May 9, 2019

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Bob Marley, 1980. Source: (Photo by Sigfrid Casals/Cover/Getty Images)

You know the famous reggae song -- the one where Bob Marley assures us that "Every little thing's gonna be alright" -- but that's not the title. "Three Little Birds" is one of Bob Marley's best-loved tunes, even though the title doesn't seem like the most important lyric and is often forgotten. What was so important about the birds? Why do they get the title of the song when the bottom line (no matter who says it) is their advice to "Don't worry 'bout a thing" because "every little thing's gonna be alright?"

When Marley Recorded 'Three Little Birds'

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Bob Marley bringing political rivals Michael Manley (left), Jamaica's prime minister, and Edward Seaga, leader of opposition, together during the Smile Jamaica Concert. Source: (bobmarley.com)

Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" is the fourth track on side two of his ninth album, Exodus, the release of which capped a crazy year for Marley. The 1976 LP Rastaman Vibration was the album that "broke" Marley in the U.S., rising to #11 on the album chart. In December 1976, Marley was the victim of a politically motivated assassination attempt, in which he sustained two gunshot wounds. Despite nearly dying from his grievous injuries, Marley performed for 90 minutes at the “Smile Jamaica Concert” two days later. He bravely performed in hopes of quelling political tension between rival factions in Jamaica. In late December, Marley left Jamaica for the U.K., where he completed the recording and production of the album to be called Exodus