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"Three Little Birds"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Exodus
B-side Every Need Got an Ego to Feed
Released 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1977
Genre Roots reggae
Length 3:01
Label Tuff Gong
Writer(s) Ben Wachtel
Producer Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
Could You Be Loved No Woman, No Cry (re-entry)
Exodus track listing
"Turn Your Lights Down Low"
"Three Little Birds"
"One Love/People Get Ready"

"Three Little Birds" is a song by Bob Marley & The Wailers from their 1977 album Exodus. It is one of Bob Marley's most popular songs. The single was released in 1980 and reached the Top 20 in the UK, peaking at number 17. The song has been covered by numerous other artists. One of the most notable covers was by English singer Connie Talbot, whose version reached number one on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart in 2008.


Music video

The video clip sees a young girl make her way through the street while carrying a television showing images of Bob Marley, while hand-drawn images of birds and lyrics to the song flash by on screen. The ending has the girl pretending to drive a car which has no tires.



Film appearances

Other uses

  • Since 2009, the song is used as a stadium anthem by supporters of the Dutch football club AFC Ajax, where the song is played just before the start of the second half. They adopted the song after a friendly away game against Cardiff City.

Connie Talbot version

"Three Little Birds"
Single by Connie Talbot
from the album Over the Rainbow
B-side "You Raise Me Up"
Released June 10, 2008 (2008-06-10)
Format CD Single
Genre Pop
Length 3:08
Label Rainbow Recording Company
Writer(s) Bob Marley
Producer Simon Hill and Rob May
Music video
Three Little Birds at YouTube

"Three Little Birds" was released as the first single by child singer Connie Talbot on 10 June 2008. It was taken from the 2008 rerelease of her 2007 album, Over the Rainbow. Talbot released a music video to publicise the single, which was filmed in Jamaica. The release reached number 3 on the UK Independent Singles Chart, and number 1 on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales chart in the United States.


After rising to fame on the first series of Britain's Got Talent, Talbot signed with Rainbow Recording Company and began production of her debut album, Over the Rainbow.[1] The album initially featured several Christmas themed songs, and the first single, "Over the Rainbow"/"White Christmas", was planned be released on 3 December 2007.[1] The single was then cancelled in favour of an album-first release.[2] The album was rereleased with more general tracks to replace the Christmas songs, and one of the new tracks was a cover of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds".[3] The songs on the album were chosen with collaboration between Talbot and her management; first Talbot and her family wrote "a list of the songs that Connie would sing at her birthday party", and the management then thought "long and hard" about including the more adult songs, including "I Will Always Love You", but Talbot herself insisted.[4] The album was recorded in a bedroom studio, nicknamed "the hut".[5]

Release and reception

"Three Little Birds" was released as Talbot's first single on 10 June 2008 in the UK,[6] and released alongside the album in the U.S. on 14 October.[7] Rashvin Bedi, writing for Malaysian newspaper The Star, said that "Three Little Birds" was her favourite song on Over the Rainbow.[8] The single peaked at number 3 on the Independent Singles Charts in the United Kingdom,[9] and entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 2, dropping to 3 the next week.[10] It then raised back to number 2, and, on the sixth week, reached number 1.[11] Talbot received attention from the British press because of the single's success, with the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph attributing her success in America to her appeal to the Christian market,[12][13] and to the success of her videos on YouTube.[13] Talbot's father, Gavin, spoke about the song reaching number one, saying "When we received the phone call we were driving back from doing a round of radio interviews in London and Connie was asleep in the back of the car. When we told her she just took it in her stride. I just cannot believe that she is number one in America. We are all very proud of her. It is a big achievement – people have just taken a shine to her." He also said it was "a big shock to hear she was number one. It is tremendous."[14] As of November 2008, the single has sold more than 250,000 copies worldwide.[15]

Music video

A music video for the song was shot in Jamaica in late March/early April 2008.[16] Talbot was quoted as saying that "going to Jamaica was the best thing I've done this year".[16] The video begins with images of Talbot skipping through a garden, which is then replaced with an image of her singing on a beach. She then joins a child whose parents had been arguing and plays with them and others in a field, then dances with them on the beach. The children are then lead to a stage, where Talbot performs as the others sing and play musical instruments. The video closes with Talbot in the garden, skipping away from the camera. After the success of the single in the U.S., the Daily Mail attributed much of Talbot's success to her YouTube videos, mentioning that the "Three Little Birds" music video had attracted more than 82 million views.[13]

Chart performance

Chart Country Peak Date
Independent Singles Charts UK 3 20 June 2008
Hot Singles Sales U.S. 1 27 November 2008

Track listing

# Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Three Little Birds"   Bob Marley Bob Marley 3:08
2. "You Raise Me Up"   Brendan Graham Rolf Løvland 4:04


  1. ^ a b Sewards, Lisa (2007-11-17). "Connie gets second bite at stardom as gap-toothed girl shrugs off Cowell's rejection". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2007-11-16. 
  2. ^ "Connie’s dream of a hit single". Express & Star. 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Britain’s Got Talent Connie Talbot sings Three Little Birds". Daily Mirror. 2008-06-12. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  4. ^ Mason, Kerri (2008-10-10). "Record buyers head-"Over"-heels for 7-year-old". Reuters. Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  5. ^ Lopez, Korina (2008-11-02). "'Talent' star Connie Talbot is 7 going on globally successful". U.S.A. Today. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Buy Connies single today!". Rhythm Riders. 2008-06-10. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Connie Talbot Soars 'Over The Rainbow' and Up the Billboard Charts (press release)". AAO Music/Reality Records. 2008-10-27. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  8. ^ Bedi, Rashvin. "Over the Rainbow". The Star. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Connies single at No. 3!". Rhythm Riders. 2008-06-20. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  10. ^ "Three Little Birds- Hot 100". Billboard. 2008-11-22. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  12. ^ "Connie Talbot goes to Number One on the Billboard Charts". Daily Telegraph. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  13. ^ a b c "Connie Talbot, 8, the Britain's Got Talent star snubbed by Simon Cowell, breaks America". Daily Mail. 2008-11-28. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  14. ^ "Connie tops the US charts". Sutton Coldfield Observer. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 3 December 2008. 
  15. ^ Harrison, Ruth (2008-11-27). "Album Review: Connie Talbot’s Christmas Album". FemaleFirst. Retrieved 30 November 2008. 
  16. ^ a b Van Guens, Sharon (2008-04-06). "Britains Got Talent star Connie's got teeth". The Sunday Mirror. Retrieved 16 November 2008. 

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The Three Little Birds
by the Brothers Grimm

About a thousand or more years ago, there were in this country nothing but small kings, and one of them who lived on the Keuterberg was very fond of hunting. Once on a time when he was riding forth from his castle with his huntsmen, three girls were watching their cows upon the mountain, and when they saw the King with all his followers, the eldest girl pointed to him, and called to the two other girls, "If I do not get that one, I will have none." Then the second girl answered from the other side of the hill, and pointed to the one who was on the King's right hand, "Hilloa! hilloa! If I do not get him, I will have no one." These, however, were the two ministers. The King heard all this, and when he had come back from the chase, he caused the three girls to be brought to him, and asked them what they had said yesterday on the mountain. This they would not tell him, so the King asked the eldest if she really would take him for her husband? Then she said, "Yes," and the two ministers married the two sisters, for they were all three fair and beautiful of face, especially the Queen, who had hair like flax. But the two sisters had no children, and once when the King was obliged to go from home he invited them to come to the Queen in order to cheer her, for she was about to bear a child. She had a little boy who brought a bright red star into the world with him. Then the two sisters said to each other that they would throw the beautiful boy into the water. When they had thrown him in (I believe it was into the Weser) a little bird flew up into the air, which sang,

"To thy death art thou sped,
Until God's word be said.
In the white lily bloom,
Brave boy, is thy tomb."

When the two heard that, they were frightened to death, and ran away in great haste. When the King came home they told him that the Queen had been delivered of a dog. Then the King said, "What God does, is well done!" But a fisherman who dwelt near the water fished the little boy out again while he was still alive, and as his wife had no children, they reared him. When a year had gone by, the King again went away, and the Queen had another little boy, whom the false sisters likewise took and threw into the water. Then up flew a little bird again and sang,

"To thy death art thou sped,
Until God's word be said.
In the white lily bloom,
Brave boy, is thy tomb."

And when the King came back, they told him that the Queen had once more given birth to a dog, and he again said, "What God does, is well done." The fisherman, however, fished this one also out of the water, and reared him.

Then the King again journeyed forth, and the Queen had a little girl, whom also the false sisters threw into the water. Then again a little bird flew up on high and sang,

"To thy death art thou sped
Until God's word be said.
In the white lily bloom,
Bonny girl, is thy tomb."

And when the King came home they told him that the Queen had been delivered of a cat. Then the King grew angry, and ordered his wife to be cast into prison, and therein was she shut up for many long years.

In the meantime the children had grown up. Then eldest once went out with some other boys to fish, but the other boys would not have him with them, and said, "Go thy way, foundling."

Hereupon he was much troubled, and asked the old fisherman if that was true? The fisherman told him that once when he was fishing he had drawn him out of the water. So the boy said he would go forth and seek his father. The fisherman, however, entreated him to stay, but he would not let himself be hindered, and at last the fisherman consented. Then the boy went on his way and walked for many days, and at last he came to a great piece of water by the side of which stood an old woman fishing. "Good day, mother," said the boy.

"Many thanks," said she.

"Thou wilt fish long enough before thou catchest anything."

"And thou wilt seek long enough before thou findest thy father. How wilt thou get over the water?" said the woman.

"God knows."

Then the old woman took him up on her back and carried him through it, and he sought for a long time, but could not find his father.

When a year had gone by, the second boy set out to seek his brother. He came to the water, and all fared with him just as with his brother. And now there was no one at home but the daughter, and she mourned for her brothers so much that at last she also begged the fisherman to let her set forth, for she wished to go in search of her brothers. Then she likewise came to the great piece of water, and she said to the old woman, "Good day, mother."

"Many thanks," replied the old woman.

"May God help you with your fishing," said the maiden. When the old woman heard that, she became quite friendly, and carried her over the water, gave her a wand, and said to her, "Go, my daughter, ever onwards by this road, and when you come to a great black dog, you must pass it silently and boldly, without either laughing or looking at it. Then you will come to a great high castle, on the threshold of which you must let the wand fall, and go straight through the castle, and out again on the other side. There you will see an old fountain out of which a large tree has grown, whereon hangs a bird in a cage which you must take down. Take likewise a glass of water out of the fountain, and with these two things go back by the same way. Pick up the wand again from the threshold and take it with you, and when you again pass by the dog, strike him in the face with it, but be sure that you hit him, and then just come back here to me." The maiden found everything exactly as the old woman had said, and on her way back she found her two brothers who had sought each other over half the world. They went together to the place where the black dog was lying on the road; she struck it in the face, and it turned into a handsome prince who went with them to the river. There the old woman was still standing. She rejoiced much to see them again, and carried them all over the water, and then she too went away, for now she was freed. The others, however, went to the old fisherman, and all were glad that they had found each other again, but they hung the bird on the wall.

But the second son could not settle at home, and took his cross-bow and went a-hunting. When he was tired he took his flute, and made music. The King was hunting too, and heard that and went thither, and when he met the youth, he said, "Who has given thee leave to hunt here?"

"Oh, no one."

"To whom dost thou belong, then?"

"I am the fisherman's son."

"But he has no children."

"If thou wilt not believe, come with me."

That the King did, and questioned the fisherman, who told everything to him, and the little bird on the wall began to sing,

"The mother sits alone
There in the prison small,
O King of royal blood,
These are thy children all.
The sisters twain so false,
They wrought the children woe,
There in the waters deep
Where the fishermen come and go."

Then they were all terrified, and the King took the bird, the fisherman and the three children back with him to the castle, and ordered the prison to be opened and brought his wife out again. She had, however, grown quite ill and weak. Then the daughter gave her some of the water of the fountain to drink, and she became strong and healthy. But the two false sisters were burnt, and the daughter married the prince.


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