Original version Edit
- Composed by: Bob Marley
- Lyrics by: Bob Marley
- Produced by: Bob Marley & The Wailers
- Year: 1980
- Length: 3:56
- Musical key: B minor
- Recorded at: Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston
- Released on following albums: Uprising (1980; remastered 2001)
- Released on following compilations: Legend (1984), One Love: The Very Best Of (2001), Gold (2005), Africa Unite: The Singles Collection (2005)
- Bob Marley, lead vocal, rhythm guitar
- Aston Barrett, bass, rhythm guitar, piano
- Carlton Barrett, drums
- Tyrone Downie, keyboards, harmony vocal
- Alvin "Seeco" Patterson, percussion
- Al Anderson, lead guitar
- Junior Marvin, lead guitar
- Earl "Wya" Lindo, keyboards, harmony vocal
- The I-Threes, backing vocals
- Period of performances: 1980
12" mix version Edit
- same info as above, longer mix of the song done by Errol Brown and Alex Sadkin, runs 5:26 min.
- released as 12" single in various countries, in 1992 it appeared as b-side to the 12" Iron Lion Zion single.
- released on Songs Of Freedom (1992) and Uprising (remasterd, 2001).
edit version Edit
- same info as original, shorter edit of the song, runs 3:38 min.
- released on USA 7" single (in stereo on a-side, mono on b-side).
- unreleased on CD.
other mixes Edit
- different other mixes exist as well, but are all unreleased.
Live performances Edit
- 1980-06-13: Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER)
- 1980-06-18: Forum, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen (DEN)
- 1980-06-27: Stadio San Siro, Milano, Lombardia (ITA)
- 1980-06-28: Stadio Comunale, Torino, Piemonte (ITA)
- 1980-07-03: Aéroport du Bourget, Le Bourget, Paris (France)
- 1980-07-12: Deeside Leisure Centre, Queensferry, Flintshire (CYM)
- 1980-09-16: Hynes Auditorium, Boston, MA (USA)
- 1980-09-17: Meehan Auditorium, Brown University, Providence, RI (USA)
- 1980-09-19: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (USA)
- 1980-09-20: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY (USA)
- 1980-09-23: Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA (USA)
Rehearsal performances Edit
- 1979-xx-xx Survival Rehearsal: Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston (JAM)
- 1980-09-14 Criteria Studios Rehearsal: Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (USA)
Demo appearances Edit
- Bob used some lines from his very first single, "Judge Not," in this song.
- it is said that he wrote this song on a plane back home from Brazil, because he liked the vibe there and people were really crazy about him. Other sources say he wrote this song as a response to the poverty, oppression, and lack of education he saw around him.
- although "Could You Be Loved?" was released as the first single of Uprising, it was together with "Redemption Song" the latest addition to the almost finished album.
- this song's production clearly shows the intention to appeal to a broad range of people, especially the disco scene at that time. Still, the message remains typically Bob.
- Damian Marley says about this song: "I don't think he ever went further away from traditional reggae than with this song. My father was far ahead of his time."
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