“Three Little Birds” is a song written and recorded by Bob Marley, and originally released in 1977. The song is is often thought of as “Don’t Worry” or “Everything Is Gonna Be Alright” because of how often these phrases are repeated in the song.
But the title was inspired, at least partially, by Marley’s love of little things in life around him.
Like the birds that used to fly and sit next to his home. Tony Gilbert, a long time friend of Marley, has said “I remember the three little birds. They were pretty birds, canaries, who would come by the windowsill at Hope Road.”
But the three female singers from the reggae group I Threes who did shows with Marley claim the title referred to them. Marley never clarified which story was correct.
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!”
This Practice Track of Three Little Birds is available in a variety of different keys and features a distinctive bass, drums, and organ part.