The story behind the song "Is This Love" by the magnificent Bob Marley

"We'll be together under the roof right above our heads. We'll share the shelter of my single bed..."

How the delightfully romantic tune "Is This Love" was born.

"Is This Love" - a world-famous reggae love song that became one of the biggest hits of all time Bob Marley и "The Wailers". It saw the light of day in 1978 year, as part of their tenth studio album "Kaya.". Already after the performer's death it was included in a posthumous collection "Legend." - one of the most successful reggae albums in history. Upon release, "Is This Love" entered the UK Top 10 and subsequently served as an inspiration to many artists including Scott Matthews, Adam Lambert, Rihanna and others. A live performance of this beautiful lyric can be found on the album "Babylon by Bus" 1978.


Reggae icon Bob Marley with his wife Rita and children
Reggae icon Bob Marley with his wife Rita and children

The true story "Is This Love" remains unknown. However, there is a version that the song was dedicated to Marley's wife, Ritato whom the singer became engaged in 1966. The couple remained close until Bob's death in 1981. But it's not all that simple: for example, the singer had an affair with Cindy Breakspearwhich won the 1976 competition "Miss World.".

Cindy Breakspear
Cindy Breakspear

Breakspeare gave birth to Marley's son Damian in July 1978. And in general, the biography of the Jamaican Rastafarian has enough women to doubt the veracity of the version concerning the true source of inspiration of "Is This Love".

The track has a rousing melody that quickly made it a hit in the late 1970s! In the lyrics, Marley bares his soul, emphasising that he wants to take care of his beloved and is ready to treat her right. And happiness is not in money, but in love: you can share a single bed without a warm blanket, but you will be warm and cosy. When the album "Kaya." came out, many reviewers noted that the singer had become rather soft and sentimental in his lyrics. Nevertheless, Bob was feeling great at the time, and this song reflected his mood in the best possible way!

That's a beautifully profound message

Redemption Song: the story of Bob Marley's timeless anthem
Bob Marley

Given the lyric, a better name for "Is This Love" you couldn't make up. In the song, Marley speaks eloquently about his feelings for the woman he is in love with. The singer states that he wants to treat her right, share his humble home with her, spend time with her, provide for her. He is willing, and more importantly, able to make her happy! In the chorus, Marley wonders: "Is it love?" The answer is obvious. He is clearly in love, but he seems hesitant. He is afraid to confess his bright feelings to his beloved and be rejected.

"We'll be together under the roof right above our heads,
We'll share the shelter of my single bed."

This composition really shows how much Marley's art transcends genres. I wonder how this song would sound without percussion and with only acoustic guitar? It would probably make a great soft rock tune. Music for "Is This Love?" is so good that it could be re-arranged in many different directions and it would still be a great song for all time!

Music video

Captivating music video shows 7-year-old future supermodel Naomi Campbell! It was her first role.

The clip was uploaded to YouTube in March 2017 and, as of 2021, has gained more 64 million views.

Successful covers and interpretations

So many artists were inspired by the lyrics "Is This Love?". Some recorded their own versions, while others improvised on stage during large-scale events. Let's take a look at the most successful and interesting versions.
In the early '80s, the band "Pat Travers." introduced her cover of Marley's romantic anthem, which was included on their album "Crash and Burn".

Version Scott Matthews is on the album "Elsewhere." 2009 as a bonus track.

British singer Corinne Bailey Rae included her version of "Is This Love?" on her 2011 EP "Love.". The song was released as a single and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.

As for live improvisations, one of the best was presented by Rihanna: Barbadian performer gave audiences a gift during her tour "Good Girl Gone Bad."

American singer Adam Lambert performed an acoustic version "Is This Love?" on his world tour "We Are Glamily".

Influence on pop culture

The celebration of Bob Marley's 75 continues with a CD of Songs of Freedom, vinyl
Bob Marley at one of his concerts

Over the years, the romantic song has gained great popularity in the film industry! The composition has graced such films as "In the Name of the Father" (1993), "Six Days, Seven Nights" (1998), "Lake Placid: Lake of Fear" (1999), "50 First Kisses" (2004). and others.

In his book. "Marley and I." writer and journalist John Grogan claims that he and his wife came up with the name for their dog while listening to this very song! Although in the film based on the book, the story of how the name came about will be slightly altered (with the equally famous "One Love.").

Song "Lay Your Hands on Me" groups "Bon Jovi." begins with the words "If you're ready, I'm both able and willing, / Help me, lay my cards on the table". This is very reminiscent of the lyric "Is This Love?": "I have both the ability and the desire, / So I'll lay all my cards on the table for you!"


Please enter your comment!
please enter your name here

33 + = 42

'Pretty Woman With A Secret': Debbie Harry's 'Blondie' Secrets She Long Hid From Fans

Debbie Harry: facts about her personal life and career Debbie Harry is unfortunately a rarity: a surviving 78-year-old punk scene icon whose career developed during the era of...

Yuri Antonov - The Hardest Idol: Antics and Scandals That Made Producers Walk Away From the Master

Yuri Antonov: character, scandals, antics Recently, producer Sergey Lavrov said that Yuri Antonov is the most difficult, capricious and wayward maestro of the domestic variety, with whom he...

Ekaterina Batrakova: "A good half of academic musicians listen to good rock"

Ekaterina Batrakova - interview: about career and plans for the future The correspondent of Fuzz Music talked to the rock singer Katya Batrakova, whose songs have repeatedly hit the...

'Life's Been Good': Joe Walsh shares the true meaning of 'Life's Been Good'

What is the true meaning of the song "Life Is Good" by Joe Walsh Joe Walsh has managed to write and record a lot of good music in his long, dazzling career! That said -.

The story of Bob Marley's legendary reggae hit "One Love"

Talking about the song "One Love": history, recording, facts "One Love" is one of Bob Marley's most famous tracks and reggae hits in general. The song graced the album ...

Top fake Bob Marley songs: part one

Hits attributed to the king of reggae Bob Marley has remained the idol of millions and a major reggae icon for decades! Sadly, the legend is gone in...

Top of the best Bob Marley songs according to Fuzz Music magazine

Remembering the hits of reggae icon Bob Marley Bob Marley will forever remain one of the greatest reggae performers in history. Marley's stature and influence as a singer, author,...

"I so want the summer to never end..." - Talking about Alla Pugacheva's "Starry Summer"

We remember Alla Pugacheva's summer hit - all about the song "Leto, ah leto..." 1978 "Starry Summer" - this is the beautiful name of the famous hit by Alla...

"One Nation Under the Groove": the story of the legendary funk band Funkadelic's hit song

How did Funkadelic record one of the most famous funk hits in history? All about "One Nation Under a Groove". "One Nation Under a Groove" is a legendary song by the band ...

Old Time Rock & Roll (1978) - Bob Seeger - All about the song

The story of Bob Seeger's legendary hit "Old Time Rock & Roll"! "Old Time Rock & Roll" is Bob Seeger's famous hit recorded for his album Stranger...

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (1978) - Van Halen - All About the Song ...

Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love (Van Halen): Song history + Mixed Up Everything version "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" is an iconic track from the band's debut album Van...

Top 10 sad rock songs

A selection of the best rock songs about long distance sadness ... Along with love, loneliness and sadness have always been popular topics for songwriting. Revealing the issue of sadness over...

Queen's first hit that got the band on the radio

Queen - "Seven Seas of Rhye": All about the song, history and facts, translation The Kingdom of Rhye was surrounded by seven seas, where fairies and other... lived together.

The painful real meaning of the "Floyd" song Hey You

The history and meaning of the song Hey You by Pink Floyd Few concept albums can match the greatness of Pink Floyd's "The Wall". Released in 1979, the album...

Top 5 best covers of Deep Purple's career according to Fuzz Music Magazine

Deep Purple - the band that brought even Beethoven to life When February 1968 enveloped Hartford, no one could have guessed that this little place would become the cradle of...

Top 6 most beautiful songs performed by Maria Pakhomenko

The hit parade of the best Pakhomenko songs: it was difficult, but we selected the best ones Maria Pakhomenko is a legend of Soviet pop music, whose name is known and loved by millions of listeners. Her voice...

Top 5 best songs of VIA "Singing Guitars" according to "Fuzz Music" magazine

A selection of the best songs of VIA "Singing Guitars" or singing covers - it's not as easy as it seems In the 60s in the Soviet Union, it wasn't as...

Who she is - the "Woman from Tokyo" that Deep Purple sang about.

The story of the song "Woman from Tokyo": to which woman it is dedicated and what it is inspired by The band Deep Purple travelled to Rome in 1972 to record their new album...

Top 5 cool Wings hits that McCartney co-wrote with wife Linda

The best Wings songs written by Paul and Linda McCartney together Can the union of two people be equally good both on and off stage?...?

Top 5 favourite hits from Gaidai's films and their history

A selection of songs from Gaidai's films, which are known to everyone from childhood Leonid Iovich Gaidai is a famous Soviet film director, screenwriter and actor who directed many popular...

The last album the Zeppelins released together.

Led Zeppelin albums they released at the end of their career Led Zeppelin is a legendary British rock band born in September 1968 in London. Their oeuvre...