Originally released as a demo in 2005, it had already became a crowd favorite before its release. It was nominated for the Grammy Award Song of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 51st Grammy Awards. At 76 weeks on the Hot 100, it held the record for most weeks spent on the chart. It is the tenth best-selling digital song of all time in the US, selling over 6 million downloads and 12.2 million worldwide.
The original is in the key of B - difficult for beginners - but by using a capo on the second fret the chords are in A position which is much easier. However this still ends up with two bar chords - F♯m and C♯m - which may be awkward.
I've therefore pitch-shifted the MP3 electronically into C and provided a second set of words with C chords. This still ends up with one bar chord - F - but it's one of the first that beginners struggle to master, and for which they usually know a simple fingering.
This is a typical Reggae song. It's in 4/4 time, emphasizes the second and fourth beats rather than the usual first, and has the "jumpy" feel that comes from rapid staccato fills between the main beats.
One of the best ways to pracise a new song is
v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. I've added a third version that's still in C but has been slowed to 60% speed. Sounds pretty strange, but it's useful all the same.
It's also an excellent way to learn how the rhythm is put together: you can hear the fills between the main beats and pick the off-beat accents.