Three Little Birds chords by Bob Marley


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Three Little Birds | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: A | A :||

Chorus 1

| A | A | D | A |
Don’t worry, about a thing. ’Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.
| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry, about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.

Verse 1

| A | E |
Rise up this morning, smiled with the rising sun.
| A | D |
Three little birds pitch by my doorstep.
| A | E |
Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true.
| D | A |
Saying, “This is my message to you-ou-ou”.

Chorus 2

| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry, about a thing. ’Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.
| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry, about a thing (don’t worry). ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.

Verse 2

| A | E |
Rise up this morning, smiled with the rising sun.
| A | D |
Three little birds, pitch by my doorstep.
| A | E |
Singing sweet songs of melodies pure and true.
| D | A |
Saying, “This is my message to you-ou-ou”.

Chorus 3

| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry, about a thing (worry about a thing, oh). ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright (don’t worry).
| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry about a thing (I won’t worry). ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.

Chorus 4

| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright (I won’t worry).
| A | A | D | A |
Singing, “Don’t worry about a thing. ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.
| A | A | D | A |
Singing, don’t worry about a thing (don’t worry about a thing). ‘Cause every little thing is gonna be alright.



Three Little Birds Chords: Learn the progressions!


Three Little Birds Analysis + TAB T

The seemingly simple chords of Three Little Birds make this song sound as if it has always been around. It always will be, that’s for sure!

The chorus just goes from I – IV, in the key of A, it looks like this:

||: A (I) | A | D (IV) | A :||

Here’s what that looks like in TAB, incorporating the bass line.

Three Little Birds chords and TAB, chorus.

The verse is also super simple as it moves I – V – I – IV, and then switches the last two chords over, to IV – I, like this:

| A (I) | E (V) | A | D (IV) |
| A | E | D | A |

This incredible simplicity supports the lyrics’ positive message perfectly, making it sound like it’s obvious, you don’t need to worry, every little thing is gonna be alright!

If you want to play Three Little Birds chords on the electric guitar, you should investigate all CAGED shapes all over the neck, simply play along with the original recording as you do it.

You will need to tune down to the magical frequency of 432hz so you’re on the same frequency as Bob who doesn’t just like to get high, but goes low as well!

For the acoustic guitar, you’ll need to incorporate a bass line with the chords or it just won’t sound like reggae. As a member, you get TAB to get you going for the verse as well as the chorus you saw above.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Three Little Birds – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Three Little Birds appeared on the best B-side of all time!

On what can only be described as the best B-side to an album ever recorded, we find Three Little Birds as the second to last song.

The 1977 Exodus B-side has the following tracks: Jamming, Waiting In Vain, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Three Little Birds and One Love/People Get Ready.

Exodus propelled Bob Marley to superstardom and made him one of our time’s best-loved songwriters and singers of our time.

In 1999, Time Magazine voted Exodus the best album of the 20th century.



Three Little Birds Chords | Related Pages


Beginner Acoustic

There are many more Beginner Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Three Little Birds.

This collection of beginner acoustic tunes will teach you how to arrange for one acoustic guitar, as well as how to create a supporting part.

Playing songs will help you with switching between open-position chords and give you the context you need to understand how music works theoretically.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Three Little Birds' chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley wrote Three Little Birds.

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist. Few artists have had such widespread recognition.

As the most widely known performer of reggae music, Bob Marley is also regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion.



Bob Marley on the web

Listen to Bob Marley on Spotify.

Reggae & Ska

When you can play Three Little Birds, try these Reggae and Ska tunes as well.

Originating from Jamaica as Reggae & Ska, these musical styles were largely made popular once records started to appear in the U.K.

Learn tunes from Bob Marley, Madness, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Afroman, 10cc, Men At Work, The Police, and many more.


About me

Dan Lundholm  wrote this article about Three Little Birds chords.

This article on Three Little Birds’ chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.


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