• Justin Key

Behind the Title - Three Little Birds

"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley & The Wailers

A green door on a wall in front of a tropical forest.

"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!"


Life is always better on island time. The palm trees fanning you like an Egyptian pharaoh, the beach like quicksand for your burdens, and the sun releasing stress like a hot stone massage. There is no time on island time because everywhere you need to be and everything you need to do is right in front of you.


"Rise up this mornin'

Smile 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"


Tropical photos are easy to name because there is one name I can always turn to. Very few artists have embodied the vibe of a location as consistently as Bob Marley. If there were similar artists for forest and mountain biomes my life would be so much easier. While reggae music collectively transcribes the tropical experience into music, he is the defining voice for the island soundtrack. When I have a tropical photo to name, a rock block of Bob Marley and a few pina coladas will get the job done every time.


"Three Little Birds" is a song everyone knows. It's a gateway to a warm breeze and your mouth begging for a frozen drink. You know if that song were playing in the trees that through that rustic green door is a good time waiting. There's a grill roasting lunch that tickles your taste buds through the smoke, there's a cooler of twist-offs waiting to be cheersed, and a group of people whether friends or strangers that'll be all smiles when they see you.


"Three Little Birds" like all of my photos is meant to be a portal. Hang it on your wall as a reminder of the pure and true melody of the birds in the song and you won't need to walk beyond the wall to enter island time. So fire up the blender, turn on some Bob Marley and find your beach! Or fire up the computer and book a couple of flights, either way, cheers!


"Singin': "Don't worry about a thing 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right I won't worry! Singin': Don't worry about a thing 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right Singing: Don't worry about a thing (Don't worry about a thing) 'Cause every little thing gonna be all right!"