Meaning of No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley & Song Story

The famous song No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley saved many poor people of Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, from starvation. On the royalties received for this composition, his friend Vincent Ford for a long time ran a soup kitchen for the poor.

Most researchers are unanimous in their opinion that Marley actually wrote the song, who then transferred the copyright to Ford so that he could continue the good work.

The history of creation and the meaning of the song No Woman, No Cry

It is said that Bob Marley wrote No Woman, No Cry to support an ill mother, but later the song became the anthem of all women who never give up, although they have to work hard to support their families.

The original title of the song was No Woman, Nuh Cry. The word “nuh” is the Jamaican version of “no”, which is often used instead of “don’t” in Bob Marley’s homeland. It was originally performed with piano accompaniment and was recorded in 1973, but not officially released.

Release and achievements

Bob Marley & The Wailers presented No Woman, No Cry to the public in the studio album Natty Dread. However, the version of the song from the live album Live! is more popular. She also entered the collection of hits Legend.

No Woman, No Cry has become one of Bob Marley’s most successful and popular songs. Subsequently, over sixty covers were made of it. In the list of the five hundred greatest songs of all time, compiled by Rolling Stone magazine, No Woman, No Cry is ranked 37th.

Clip No Woman, No Cry Bob Marley

Next, you can watch online the official music video for the legendary song.

Interesting Facts

  • The song refers to an area of ​​Kingston, the capital of Jamaica, called Trench Town, where Marley lived.
  • No Woman, No Cry uses the same chord progression (C/G/Am/F) as the Beatles’ Let It Be.
  • The live version of No Woman, No Cry is played at a much slower tempo.
  • The song “Darnaya, do not cry” by the rock group “Chayf” is the same No Woman, No Cry, but with a different text.

No Woman, No Cry Lyrics Bob Marley

I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown,
Oba – obaserving the ‘ypocrites
As they would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have, oh, good friends we’ve lost
Along the way
In this great future, you can’t forget your past
So dry your tears, I say

No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
‘Ere, little darlin’, don’t shed no tears
No woman, no cry

I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then George would make the fire lights,
As it was logwood burnin’ through the nights
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge,
Of which I’ll share with you
My feet is my only carriage,
So I’ve got to push on through
But while I’m gone, I mean:
Everything’s gonna be all right!

No, Woman, No Cry Lyrics Bob Marley

I remember how we used to sit
At the State Court in Trenchtown
And they were watching
How hypocrites rubbed themselves into the trust of good people
Oh good friends we have, oh good friends we’ve lost
On the way to
In this beautiful future you can’t forget the past
So dry your tears I tell you

Don’t, woman, don’t cry
Don’t, woman, don’t cry
Hey darling don’t shed a tear
Don’t, woman, don’t cry

I remember how we used to sit
At the State Court in Trenchtown
And then Georgie started the fire
And the logwood burned all night long
Then we cooked corn porridge,
which I will share with you
I always walk
So it’s time for me
But before I leave, I want to say that
Everything will be fine!

Song quote

This song is about the power that is in a woman….

Aston Barret, bassist for The Wailers

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