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“Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Bob Marley.

Bob Marley was born Nesta Robert Marley in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica on February 6th, 1945.  A Jamaican passport official would later swap his first and middle names.  His father, a Captain in the Royal Marines of white and mixed descent, wasn’t around much when Bob was young but financially supported Bob and his mother, Cedella Booker.  When Bob was 10 years old his father (Norval Sinclair Marley) died of a heart attack.  Bob struggled with his racial identity throughout his life, and although he recognized his mixed ancestry he most strongly identified himself as a black African.  He followed many Pan-African leaders such as Marcus Garvey and Haile Salassie.

In 1963, Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Peter Tosh, Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith formed a ska and rocksteady group, calling themselves “The Teenagers”. They later changed their name to “The Wailing Rudeboys”, then to “The Wailing Wailers”, at which point they were discovered by record producer Coxsone Dodd, and finally to “The Wailers”. By 1966, Braithwaite, Kelso, and Smith had left The Wailers, leaving the core trio of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, and Peter Tosh.

The story of the Wailers rise to fame is well chronicled in the wikipedia article attached, and I highly recommend that you read it.  Bobs story is truly a rags to riches tale, and his music has molded history and minds for decades.

“Three Little Birds,” is a beautiful song about being happy.  Almost meditative, the chorus is a simple mantra that we could all apply to our lives more often:

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.

Happy Saturday!

Lyrics Here.

More about Bob Marley here.

Three Little Birds - Exodus (Remastered)