“Small Axe” is a song written by Bob Marley and first released in 1973 on the Wailers album Burnin’. It has since been covered by several artists, among others Buju Banton, Deerhoof, Andrew Tosh, Greensky Bluegrass, The Aggrovators, U Roy, UB40, Trey Anastasio, and Peps Persson who made a Swedish version called “Liden såg” (Small saw).In the period when the song was written, virtually all the power in the Jamaican music industry was in the hands of Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid.
“Small Axe” was first recorded for Lee Perry and Martin Rodman and appears on the album African Herbsman, a compilation of tracks from the sessions that produced the albums Soul Rebels and Soul Revolution. These tracks are regularly repackaged, re-titled and re-issued. “Small Axe” was also released on a single by Perry’s Upsetter Records UK, Catalogue Number: US 357. It featured “All In One” on the flip.