Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds - SinglebyMaroon 5

Released in 2018 / 2 tracks, 3 mins 19 sec

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"Three Little Birds"

There’s absolutely nothing more dangerous than attempting to cover any Reggae tune as a caucasian musician, especially a Reggae Artist as prolific as Bob Marley, as these attempts will always be met with criticism & disdain even before the song has a chance to start; To that end, if anyone can do proper cover, its Maroon 5, as their lengthy career has shown time & time again that they’re wonderfully talented musicians when you get down to the thick of it, despite the increasingly stagnant nature of their more Pop-centric tunes. They take an incredibly traditional approach to their cover in “Three Little Birds,” changing little more than the vocal element, keeping each instrument as tight as the original while giving a nice modern polish to the classic tune. One of the biggest problems with covers of this song is getting the rhythm right, as musicians too often rush the back-beat stylings of the laid-back & up-stroked arrangement, not understanding how to simply become one with song; Maroon 5 kills it though by staying in the pocket, mimicking the relaxed spirit of the original & slightly dragging the instrumentation without messing up its overall vibe – It’s honestly about as faithful as you can get.
Strangely, the same restraint wasn’t shown when it came time to direct a music video for the group’s cover – Stealing the same video techniques as showcased in Tiësto & Jauz’ video for “Infected,” dancers are seen moving around the screen at various points, although their bodies are replaced with various visual effects like hair, lights & smoke jettisoning out from their bodies; While visually striking, it fails to match the overall vibe of the song & video whatsoever, as every dancer moves far too fast in comparison to the rhythm, as if leftover assets were transported from a completely different video production into this one at the last minute to spice things up without bothering to reanimate them. Surprisingly, the simple shots of the bandmembers playing their instruments on the beach are the most appropriate of the whole production, kind of a throwback to the surfer videos of old Reggae songs, even evoking the cool personality of Marron 5’s classic video for “This Love,” the last time they ever really showed us their real personas. It’s definitely not a sign of things changing for the better, but the video & song for “Three Little Birds” are a friendly reminder that Maroon 5 can still play real instruments if they need to.

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"Three Little Birds"

[Chorus 1]
Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright
But don't worry about a thing, hey
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, oh

[Chorus 2]
Rise up this morning, smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds, by my doorstep
Singing sweet songs, of melodies pure and sure
Saying, "this is my message to you"

[Chorus 1]
Singing: "Don't worry about a thing, oh-oh
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, yeah yeah
But don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright", yeah

[Chorus 2]
Rise up this morning, smiled with the rising sun
Three little birds, by my doorstep, oh
Singing sweet songs, of melodies pure and sure
Saying, "This is my message to you"

[Chorus 1]
Singing: "Don't worry about a thing, oh
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, yeah yeah
But don't worry about a thing, oh
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright", yeah

[Outro]
Baby, don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, yeah yeah yeah yeah
Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, yeah
Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, yeah
Don't worry about a thing
Cause every little thing is gonna be alright, yeah

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