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No Woman No Cry

Bob Marley

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“No woman, don’t cry” is what Bob Marley really means in this classic hit. It’s about Marley’s upbriging, his stories in his hometown (Trench Town), his lyrics are both political and personal, mentioning the “government and the hypocrites which he really hated,” as well as talking to a woman who is crying and telling her not to cry and to forget the past. Marley is reminding the woman of the good memories, and the fact that “everything’s gonna be alright”. The line of the song is “No, Woman, Nuh cry.” Nuh is Jamaican for “don’t,” the meaning of the lyric is No, Woman, don’t cry.

Bob reminisces about the simple pleasures that despite the abject poverty of Trench Town bring back fond memories. Bob also talks about himself being a poor man, he doesn’t have a car or money for a taxi or bus fare (My feet is my only carriage, So I’ve got to push on through…).

Bass player of the Wailers, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, told NME in 2012: “The song is about the strength in the mama of course, strength in the ladies. And we love a woman with a backbone. Something like a wishbone! They have to be like a she lion! Woman strong, you know, not depending on the man. Of course the man is there to help you, then for every successful man, there is a good woman.”

The lyrics to “No Woman, No Cry” can be accessed here.

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Release Date

Released in 1975


Vincent  Ford – Bob Marley


Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steve Smith, Chris Blackwell



Chart Rankings

US – 8 UK – 8 GERMANY  – 23 The song became a highlight of Marley’s concerts as the crowd always joined in; it is very easy to sing along to. “No Woman, No Cry” was certified Gold in Italy and Silver in the UK.  It was covered by over 50 known artists and many more worldwide. The classic hit peaked at number 8 in both the US and UK.

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    GATETE Christophe

    December 10, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    You really gave us full explanation of what Bob really wanted to mean in his song “No woman,no Cry”………
    Thank you.


    January 5, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    One of the greatest Harmony’s ever written. Such a simple song but so powerful. RIP Bob Marley 💟


    January 6, 2020 at 4:22 am

    💗love this song
    I know 2 friends of mine they don’t know each other!
    They Lost their mother’s
    One was killed
    One was suicide
    This song makes me think of them
    Ways I can help if they need it or want it
    I am there for them!

    Noble Idowu

    January 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    One of the best songs lyrics I have ever heard. No, Woman, Nuh Cry..Bob the Great.

    Rajkamal buragohain

    February 17, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    I feel enlighted today

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