Lenny Kravitz Goes Retro, Again

Also included are "Fly Away" and his cover of the Guess Who's "American Woman." Both were huge hits, both won Grammys, and both were throwaway tracks. The former showcased his flair for facile lyrics — "I wish that I could fly/ Into the sky/ So very high/ Just like a dragonfly …"

"I'm a simple writer," Kravitz explains. "People either love my lyrics, they hate them, whatever they want. The best writers were simple. Bob Marley was one of the most prophetic people around; he was very simple."

And he quotes the opening line from Marley's "Three Little Birds" — "Don't worry about a thing/ 'Cause every little thing's going to be all right."

He tries to apply Marley's sentiments to his own life. The best advice Kravitz received from his many rock star pals was former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant's admonition, "Just to take it light, man. … For a time, you start to take it seriously and what not, but you can't."

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