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

By Kellar Ellsworth
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?"