Bob Marley wrote this song in 1979 while sitting on an aeroplane with The Wailers and trying out different things with the guitar. This popular result of their experimentation was recorded with a verse being recited in the background from Bob Marley’s “Judge Not” and released as a single in 1980 with the flipside being “One Drop”.
It appeared on the 1980 Bob Marley & The Wailers’ final album Uprising but would later appear on the compilation Legend. It reached No. 5 in the UK charts, No. 6 on the Club Play Singles Chart and No. 56 on the Black Singles Charts.
After Bob Marley’s death in 1981 it saw a further release in 1984, with it re-entering the UK charts and reaching No. 71.
In the movies it can be heard on the soundtracks of Catch a Fire and 50 First Dates and on Blue Crush the song was performed by Bob Marley’s sons, Damien and Stephen.
Bob Marley & The Wailers recordings
Island: WIP 6610-A (UK release)
Bob Marley (Vocals/Guitar)
Al Anderson (Guitar)
Alfa Anderson Barfield (Electric Guitar)
Aston Barrett (Bass/Guitar/Percussion/Piano)
Carlton Barrett (Drums/Percussion)
Tyrone Downie (Keyboards/Backing Vocals)
Marci Griffiths (Backing Vocals)
Earl Lindo (Keyboards)
Rita Marley (Backing Vocals)
Junior Marvin (Guitar/Vocals)
Judy Mowatt (Vocals)
Alvin Patterson (Percussion)
- British & American Hit Singles by Chris Davies