"Three Little Birds" as written by and Bob Marley....
Don't worry about a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing' don't worry about a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin'
Smiled with the risin' sun
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true
Saying', (this is my message to you)

Singing' don't worry 'bout a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singing' don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright

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

Singin' don't worry about a thing, worry about a thing, oh
Every little thing gonna be alright, don't worry
Singin' don't worry about a thing, I won't worry
"'Cause every little thing gonna be alright

Singin' don't worry about a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright, I won't worry
Singin', don't worry about a thing
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright
Singin' don't worry about a thing, oh no
'Cause every little thing gonna be alright


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"Three Little Birds" as written by Bob Marley

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    General Commentthis is song is straight up mellow. Bob says Dont worry bout a thing, everythings chillin. I rise up this mornin, smoke a spliff, smile with the sweet sun, listening to the sweet melodies of the birds, life is good
    NattyDreadon April 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAlright... here's a little story about those three little birds that he's singing about.. they were his little buddies. haha after tokin he'd put the left over weed and resin in a bird feeder that was in his yard. and when he was just chillin outside those 3 little birds came around. and you know... everything is wonderful when you're stoned and it just was cool to him that those birds ate it AND they kept coming back. i dont doubt they were singing of melodies pure and true hehe. also i think its pretty neat that he chose to sing about those birds seeing as how there were probably other things he could sing about. check out what the sybolism though, bob stood for freedom and there's a famous term that i'm sure you've heard "free as a bird". yeah yeah yeah, thats what i think.
    WatermelonOfJoyon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdont worry about a thing because every LITTLE thing is gona be alright....
    in the end its all alright, so dont sweat the small stuff...or the big, cause everything IS gona be Alright, Inshallah.
    fation May 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI couldn't believe it the other day - after hearing this song, and loving it, for so many years amongst Mr. Marley's work, I just heard it for the first time - in it's meaning.
    Bob Marley was a gift to the world. To me, he was sharing something that happened, that can happen to anyone except we often don't notice.
    Something from nature/an aspect of God, the 3 birds arrived at his house, probably during a time of uncertainty in his life, and he received a divine message in their song, to let him know that everything is going to be alright. That we all go through difficulties, and we may all be tested with problems which are all a learning experience, and maybe if we listen and learn and do, everything will be alright.
    He was just expressing being touched by this realization, in the simple but powerful arrival and message through the song of the birds.
    When I was pregnant with my daughter and due to have her at the age of 41, I was very concerned that she would be a healthy baby. One morning after leaving my apartment in Manhattan and going outside to the street, a butterfly came and landed on my very pregnant tummy. I couldn't believe it. I then continued on to my workplace. Along the way I walk by the Hudson River on the Jersey side. And then unbelievably, another butterfly landed on my tummy in exactly the same spot.
    I felt this was very special, and in a similar way, the divine power of God was reaching out to me to say the same thing.
    I don't want to go on and on, but we can receive messages from anywhere at any time.
    Marijuana has nothing to do with it.
    Bob, I love you, as I love Princess Diana, Michael Jackson and anyone else who uses life for embettering others.
    - Suz.
    suzvon March 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree completely NattyDread, if everyone was as mellow as Bob the world would be a wonderful place.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm listening to this song now!

    Just something about the music, the tune and his voice, makes you feel like it really will all be alright.
    I feel positive he knows what he's talking about.
    thatkrisison August 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirstly, Bob was a Christian. Yes, he did partake in many things, but most of all he belived in the "good book." The "three little birds" refer to God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. One biblical message from God is that no one should worry and he will take care of us. Bob is just reminding us that God is always watching and that we should not worry.
    broncojohn99on October 20, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretationi think he is saying life is good because the civil rights movement worked and segregation ended. live free... don't worry... enjoy life...
    mellowman37on March 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis has always been my dads favorite song. he told me when i was little that the three litle birds were kids. they were watching their parents fight. the song to me is abbout keeping your head up. even through hard times being happy. i have yet to find if my dad was rite about it bein bout three lil kids but to me thats what it always has and always will mean. i personally dont think it has to be something particullary religious or particullary deep. if it had some deep hidden meaning then it wouldnt be so easy to understand and connect to. im not a bob marley expert but i believe that he wanted everyone to enjoy his music and understand the feelings he put into the lyrics, not just people who can interpret lyrics well
    scoofieon April 01, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionEverybody always rags on Nesta for drugs, as if grass is even considerably the same as others, but they don't know why that is stuck in their head. It's called propaganda, kids. He was singing about freedom for his people, he was singing for peace between political parties, most of all, he was singing about using grass for it's healing and non-addictive properties. The CIA as well as other Black-Ops type organizations are masters of civil engineering, they understand how to break apart poor/underdeveloped countries. It's called de-establishing. They (whoever you want to blame, outside government agencies) were shipping in cheap to buy guns and drugs to the people of Nesta's nation. They were all becoming more and more poor as they became addicted to actual hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. Nesta sang for his people to follow their Rastafarian lifestyle and stick to what they know wouldn't harm them. He didn't sing about grass because he wanted to see a bunch of teenagers going nowhere in life. He sang about it because his people were being taken advantage of and he knew how to stop it. Peace, love, grass. This song is indeed mellow, just as he was and is still through his music. I genuinely hate when high school and college kids simply like Nesta for his 'Weedisawesome' messages that are not even present, he was singing on a higher intellectual level than that. That is why he is no longer with us, he had a vision and chose to share it with his people. Anyone who's ever had a vision dies--his was of cancer. Look into that cancer. Just a little suspicious that all the potential great leaders of the public towards different political views seems to drop off the face of our Earth, isn't it? Food for thought. And respect to Nesta and the Legend he has left behind. I only hope you fools don't let it devolve into something he would have cried over if he'd seen.
    MarineMarineron May 30, 2010   Link

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