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."