Blog #6: Three Little Birds / Put Your Records On

Soul Song Message #6: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and The Wailers & Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

Soul Song # 6:

Three Little Birds

by Bob Marley and The Wailers

and PUT YOUR RECORDS ON

by Corinne Bailey Rae

Song #6: Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and the Wailers & Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

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This Soul Song Message post will focus on the spiritual messages in the song “Three Little Birds” (originally written and performed by reggae icon Bob Marley and the Wailers for their 1977 Exodus album). For obvious (and perhaps some not so obvious) reasons, I’ll also bring in lyrics from the song “Put Your Records On” originally written and performed by Corinne Bailey Rae. Rae’s song opens by paying homage to Marley’s “Three Little Birds” and was released on her self-titled debut album in 2006.

CDDoula’s Message:

Soul Song Messages are not just words that I string together on the page; they are lessons/understandings that Spirit desires for me to “get” on a personal level for my own remembering, awakening, and evolution. These are personal teachings that Spirit wishes for me to integrate into my knowing and being, but they also communicate something that wants to be delivered into the world via my voice. My hope is that the messages will help others, as well. The creation of these posts represents both my effort and my joy (when I’m fully open to the flow of hearing and receiving the interpretations).

The primary message of these two songs is not hidden; it is clearly stated as “don’t worry.” The song “Three Little Birds” was in my head for days and long before my completion of the previous Soul Song #5 post. Then, in life’s special synchronistic way, the topic of “don’t worry” began to show up in everything I read or listened to, providing layers of understanding on the theme. Then the final confirmation, I was drawn into a local consignment shop, which I pass often and have never had a desire to enter, only to discover the perfect cover image for this post.  Later, it became clear that “Put Your Records On” would also play a big part.

Both songs provide listeners with messages of hope, motivation, and confidence.

Three little birds
pitch by my doorstep,
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’: “This is my message to you-ou-ou!”
Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing [is] gonna be all right.

~ Bob Marley

Three little birds sat on my window,

and they told me I don’t need to worry.

~  Corinne Bailey Rae

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Spirit’s Message:

Beloved, the truth is you do not need our input and assistance on this one. Both songs clearly reference that there is a need in humanity for less worry.

You worry about the past, you worry about the present, and you worry about the future. Thus, those three little birds represent the focus of your worries. And yet, these three little spiritual messengers arrive on your doorstep, on your windowsill, on the telephone lines, and they sing a ‘pure and true’ spiritual song for your soul – and the underlying message of that song that the birds sing, — and the underlying message or theme of the two songs you’re approaching today, would be to “not worry”; it doesn’t help anything.

Worry is a complete waste of time. Identify one time, in any situation, where worry has helped or improved the outcome. You are an energetic being with a direct connection to Source; there is no need for worry; every little thing is going to be fine. This is Source’s message to you-ou-ou. It’s ALL okay. You can’t get it wrong; you can’t do it wrong.

The three messengers arrived with, or before, the rising sun with a message in a song. Start each day with a song; it is one of the best ways to lift your spirit, to lift or increase your vibration, and feel more of a direct connection to Source.  Sing a little song; find one that makes your heart happy and light and let it be the way you start each day. It’s an excellent mantra: “Start each day with a song!” The message is simple and true. Indeed!

Beloved, this is a most appropriate song/message for you, and the world, in this time. Three little birds deliver to you a simple, not necessarily easy, but life-changing message: “Don’t Worry!” Don’t just listen to the song, apply it to your day-to-day living. A simple message – yes, but perhaps not so easy for humanity to apply to their lives – for worrying has become a way of life.  Imagine the free time one could harness, to explore/experience a variety of endeavors, if worry was removed from the equation of living.

The second song takes the mandate up a notch in being specific about what you are being called to do – Don’t worry, relax, let your hair down, put your records on (lift your vibration, ease your mind, sing, dance), and understand that you are enough just as you are; relax and enjoy the living of life.  The past cannot be changed, the future has not arrived, and the present – well, you already know – is a gift; don’t squander it. Live in the present moment and life will unfold as it should – someway, somehow.  Just relax. Just relax. Let your hair down!

“Which of you, by being worried and anxious, can add one moment to his lifespan?” 

~  Matthew 6:27

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We worry about so much in life: work, money, health, death, what others think or say about us, relationships, the past, and the future – just to name a few things.  It is probably not surprising news that, finances and health have been high on my personal list of worries. What may surprise you is that creating this blog page, being so honest about who I am, what I believe, and openly claiming my gifts, have been a primary source of worry in my life for the last year. What will my family think? Will family and friends shun me? Will I be rejected for acknowledging my gifts? Still, fears about being rejected, not belonging, and basically not being loved, have worried me for most of my life.  Thankfully I’ve reached a point where I no longer allow those worries/fears to become an excuse to reject myself by turning away from my gifts and calling.               

The big question is “How?“, in a world where so often the automatic “go to” is to worry, can we change the worry conditioning/habit or at least catch ourselves before we are too far down the rabbit hole? How can we return to a place of peace, in the midst?  Throughout this post are strategies and reminders about how to stay in peace rather than worry. At the end of this post, following the interpretation of the lyrics, I’ve shared the words of some wise women on how to avoid or reduce the negative impact of persistent worry in your life. 

“Everybody’s got a thing, but some don’t know how to handle it.”

– Stevie Wonder “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing

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Interpreting the Lyrics

Three Little Birds

Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’ “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”

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:”


Marley offers simple suggestions, like his overall message, but they shouldn’t be mistaken for not having depth. Within the lyrics he shares an excellent way to start each day –

    • rise early with the sun,
    • choose a good attitude – smile, and
    • listen to high vibration songs containing a positive message like “don’t worry”. 

Half the battle is won when you choose to start your day intentionally. Say to yourself:

    • “Today, I choose peace!”
    • “I choose to go through, whatever I’m going through, peacefully.”
    • “I accept the fact that I’m going through this (pandemic, work, financial, medical, trauma, grief, unemployment) situation/experience AND I know that I am not the one in control.”
    • “I accept whatever I’m experiencing in my life, and I can’t wait to see how God is going to guide me through this.”

Then, watch how it comes into perfect resolution.

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Corinne Bailey Rae’s song also offers insights on avoiding worry, by giving examples and suggestions for how to approach life and handle the world. Song fans often miss that her entire song is expanding on Marley’s message of “Don’t worry, every little thing is gonna be alright.”, with a touch of “You are enough.”, and “You are worthy.

Let’s look at Rae’s lyrics.

Put Your Records On

Three little birds sat on my window
And they told me I don’t need to worry

These lyrics introduce the theme of the entire song and provide a reference and homage to Bob Marley and his song “Three Little Birds”.


Summer came like cinnamon, so sweet
Little girls double-Dutch on the concrete


The lyrics suggests that we can tap into those experiences and memories that bring up positive feelings of carefree days and the joys of life (the sweetness of summer, cinnamon candy, and jumping rope with friends).  It contributes to why this song is often described as the ultimate “feel good” song. Select your own examples; what invokes feelings of peace, love, and joy for you?  Choose to make it a lovely day.


Maybe sometimes we’ve got it wrong, but it’s alright
The more things seem to change, the more they stay the same
Oh, don’t you hesitate

Don’t worry so much when we get it wrong, which will happen because we are human and are known to make mistakes; learn from the mistakes, forgive ourselves, and let it go.  Remember that in any moment we can begin again and use those experiences as stepping-stones (allowing us to rise above the mistakes of the past).

Don’t fear or worry so much about change. Change is the very nature of life. The arrival of change often doesn’t represent lasting change; many things remain consistent even after changes happen. Change does not affect reality on a deeper level, evidenced in the fact that so much in history has repeated itself. 

So, don’t worry or hesitate when it comes to what you want to do/accomplish because you are thinking there is a perfect time or a perfect way …. do it, now! Stop being so afraid to make a mistake or of getting it wrong. Learn to accept/embrace uncertainty; allow yourself to feel gratitude and be okay with being vulnerable. That way, even when you think you’ve gotten it wrong, it will ultimately work out for good.

Always remember, the universe is unfolding as it should; it is when we forget this that we experience suffering. Everything unfolds exactly as it should.  Don’t hesitate, trust the timing of your life.

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams
Just go ahead, let your hair down

Do the things that bring you joy and therefore lift your vibration – listening to music, singing favorite songs, relaxing or “letting your hair down”, having some fun, enjoying yourself, feeling free and wearing your favorite faded blue jeans. You are meant to have fun, go after your dreams, and enjoy life. Have gratitude, hope, and enthusiasm. Count it all joy whenever you face trials; expect them and be prepared. Don’t be caught off guard.

You’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow

‘Finding yourself’ means learning what you truly value and want in life, usually discovered because of the trials you’ve faced. Somewhere along life’s journey, you are going to remember/awaken to who you really are within, and recognize you are love, are loved, and are enough just as you are; then you will find/embrace your authentic self. You will honor who you really are and not who you think others want and need you to be.

Relax, let go of perfection. Know that what you are doing is enough.

                                                                                                       ~ Brene Brown

Blue as the sky, sunburnt and lonely
Sipping tea in a bar by the roadside
(Just relax, just relax)
Don’t you let those other boys fool you
Got to love that afro hairdo

This stanza translates as heartbreak. ‘Blue’ as a metaphor for deep sadness or “having the blues”, ‘sunburnt’ as a metaphor for being ‘burned’ or emotionally hurt, and there you are lonely, even as you sip your Lipton or ‘Long Island’ iced tea in a busy roadside bar. So, you let that guy convince you that you are not lovable, not beautiful, and not enough. But none of that is true; so, don’t you let anyone else fool you into believing that ever again.

Relax. Find ways to relax and reconnect with your true self. Do the things that “lower your resistance” like finding something to appreciate, to applaud, or to compliment about yourself; do the things that make you laugh, smile, sing, etc.  Relax, choose to be a loving, compassionate, best friend to yourself. Find ways to love on yourself and never let worries about what others think and say deter you from being true to yourself, loving yourself, and loving your natural features and beauty. Let no person make you feel less than beautiful; not even you. Love you, better!


Maybe sometimes we feel afraid, but it’s alright
The more you stay the same, the more they seem to change
Don’t you think it’s strange?

When what is ahead of you seems too hard to face and you are afraid, the more you can connect with an activity, song, or person to keep you centered in who you are, the better. The more you can stay centered in peace and love, the more others will shift and rise to your energy/vibration. The more you stay the same — stay in a calm /peaceful space without letting worry and fear take you out of yourself, the more others will change to match your energy.

You are going to feel fear at times, but it is okay. The more you stay centered in knowing who you are, authentically, those things that bring up fear in you will dissipate or change form. They are illusions. You will discover the source of true power when you connect to that calm within, and it will allow you to witness those illusions changing form and disappearing.

Smile and remember that God/Source/Higher Self is working on your behalf. Try not to succumb to worry; instead, find your joy.

“If I could tell the world just one thing,

It would be, we’re all okay, and not to worry

‘Cause worry is wasteful and useless …”

~  from “Hands” by Jewel


‘Twas more than I could take, pity for pity’s sake
Some nights kept me awake, I thought that I was stronger
When you gonna realize, that you don’t even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to


Some things come into our lives, and it may feel like it is more than we can take. We wallow and feel self-pity; we give in to worry for worry’s sake.

We allow ourselves to get lost in catastrophizing and worrying about things that may never happen. Somehow, we have confused worrying with problem-solving, but in truth – worry adds to your problems. You may even go into an extended time of feeling sorry for yourself, then fall into the conditioned (and somewhat addictive) behavior of worrying along with all the “gifts” that brings, like poor sleep, fatigue, lack of concentration, tension, irritability, temper, anger, rage, etc.  – all because you have forgotten who is in control.

So, if there is something you dream of doing – stop worrying and do it! When are you going to realize, you can’t get it wrong?   Do it! Jump!

~ Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” 1988


Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams
Just go ahead, let your hair down

Always return to what brings you joy and lifts your vibration – favorite songs, relaxing, wearing your favorite blue jeans. Find your joy!       


Oh, you’re gonna find yourself somewhere, somehow.

Ultimately you will find and embrace your authentic self, your calling, and your purpose, somehow. 

Spirit’s Message:

Okay Beloved, time to put Soul Song #6 to bed and move forward to the next.

Worry is a waste of time, but as humanity is primarily conditioned to the tendency, we will offer this advice:

Be cognizant of the lack of control/power you hold to manipulate or impact a situation. The reality of this should help – but this is not news to the worrier. Draw a flowchart, map-out how you see your worrying impacting the current pressing situation. That will not take much time. Now, diagram productive ways and things you could do with the energy and time you would have devoted/given to worry. Exam the two charts side-by-side and make a rational choice based on which one would be a better use of your time. Indeed!

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In summaryWhat can we do instead of worrying? How can we catch ourselves before we go so far down the rabbit hole? How can we return to a place of peace, in any situation?

  • Acceptance & Awareness – notice when you are worrying and let it go.  Acceptance is the key to being free/liberated. It isn’t that you agree with it, like it, or believe it is okay; you are accepting the reality of the current situation you are experiencing. Know that worry is a waste of time AND remember we are not the one who has ultimate control over what happens.
  • Presence – Live in the present, not the past, and not the possible future. Practice ‘Mindful Awareness’ by being aware of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions in the present moment, without judgement. Let love, not fear, determine your responses / reactions to life. Worry takes away from your ability to live in the moment.
  • Uncertainty – Get comfortable with uncertainty being a regular aspect of life. Life is full of uncertainties; don’t let it limit your view and creativity. See life as an adventure. Keep yourself aligned with your inner/higher self while going with the flow and trusting.
  • Intention – Set a positive intention for each day, and each activity.
  • Selectively choose what you direct your attention on. Focus on what is just, pure, lovely, commendable, and truly worthwhile; center your mind on these things and implant them in your heart.

Additional Sage Advice:

Debbie Allen (playing the role of a therapist) on “A Different World” said it best:

“The only thing you can control is how you feel; it’s not how you feel, but how you deal with what you feel that is real. You’ve got to relax, relate, release into reality”.

Use the mantra “Relax, Relate, Release.” To remind yourself of the things you can do and can control in the present.  

Relax: sunshine, nature, deep breathing, and other breath work, meditate, sleep, bathe – to slow the overthinking,

Relate: connect with a friend to talk, laugh, cry, – to feel seen and heard. Talk about it face-to-face with someone you trust. Have a support system – a few people you can count on.

Release: movement, walk, run, dance, sing, exercise, journal, write, draw, paint, warm baths – all ways to “Let it go and let God.”

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Iyanla Vansant would say “Surrender all to God’s care. Place it all at the feet of God and leave it there. Don’t go back trying to pick it up again.  Stop trying to solve the problem. Relinquish your limited lens and trying to use your brain to solve something that doesn’t need to be figured out. Watch it come into perfect resolution.”

The Wicked Witch of the West (in The Wizard of Oz movie) would say “Surrender Dorothy!” don’t mentally fight against that which is out of your control. Keep in mind that in the original screenplay the message was “Surrender Dorothy or die!”.  So, stop letting worry kill you bit by bit; surrender to something greater than yourself.

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And I, CDDoula, would say: “Replace a negative with a positive.”  Shift your perception. Be excited about the things that are coming into your life; have gratitude and excited expectation. Say ‘I wonder how God is going to show up!’. No amount of worry changes the past or the future, but gratitude can change the present. As soon as you can, shift and make a choice to more positive thinking about the situation … it will act as a deterrent to worry, bad moods, and pessimistic thoughts – to bring you up and out of the rabbit hole. Positive thoughts are like medicine to a bad mood.

“Love and gratitude are like vaccines for humanity’s virus of worrying.”

~ CDDoula

Resources:

Bob Marley and the Wailers“Three Little Birds”- 1977 Exodus album

Corinne Bailey RaePut Your Records On” from her self-titled 2006 debut album

Artie Wu / Sacred Space

Eckhart Tolle – A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

Iyanla Vansant / Surrender

Panache Desai / Call to Calm

Hands” by Jewel

Bobby McFerrin “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” 1988

Stevie Wonder “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing

James 1:2 “Count it all joy…”

Matthew 6:27

BreneBrown on Perfection and Enough-ness

Stevie Wonder on The fear of following your dreams

“A Different World” television show

“The Wizard of Oz” movie and original movie screenplay

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