No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley & The Wailers Lyrics


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No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry

Said, said, said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
Oba observing the hypocrites
As they would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have, oh, good friends we've lost
Along the way (way)
In this great future, you can't forget your past
So dry your tears, I say and

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

Said, said, said, I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire light
As it was log wood burnin' through the night
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
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right

So woman, no cry
No no woman, no woman, no cry
Oh my little sister, don't shed no tears
No woman, no cry

I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire light
As it was log wood burnin' through the night
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

No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
Oh my little darlin', say don't shed no tears
No woman, no cry, ay

Little darling, don't shed no tears
No, woman, no cry




Little sister, don't shed no tears
No, woman, no cry

Overall Meaning

Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” is not only one of the most famous songs in the reggae genre, but it’s also an anthem calling for people to have hope, stay strong, and not give up on life. The song is about the memories of Marley’s formative and daily life in Trenchtown, Jamaica. The first part of the song talks about how he and his friends would sit in the government yard in Trenchtown and reflect on life. Additionally, the song speaks to the hypocrisy that exists in the world which he saw as a child.


The second part of the song recalls Marley’s memories of his family and the times when they would sit around a fire in Trenchtown talking, cooking, and laughing. However, as the song progresses, he shifts his focus to the challenging reality of living in a poor area, specifically the hardships he faced while growing up in Jamaica. The song encourages listeners to keep a positive outlook, maintain hope, and appreciate the good times with friends and family even amidst difficulty.


Overall, Marley's "No Woman, No Cry" is a testament to the resilience and fortitude that individuals must embody in the face of life's harshest circumstances.


Line by Line Meaning

No, woman, no cry
Hey woman, don't cry


No, woman, no cry
Hey woman, don't cry


No, woman, no cry
Hey woman, don't cry


No, woman, no cry
Hey woman, don't cry


'Cause, 'cause, 'cause I remember when we used to sit
Because I have a memory of sitting


In the government yard in Trenchtown
In a public area in Trenchtown


Oba, observing the hypocrites, yeah
Watching people who act contrary to their beliefs


Mingle with the good people we meet, yeah
Socializing with people who share our values


Good friends we have, oh, good friends we've lost
We've had good friends we've lost along the way


Along the way, yeah
Through the journey of life


In this great future, you can't forget your past
In the future, your past is still important


So dry your tears, I say, yeah
Don't cry, be strong


Eh, said, said, said, I remember when we used to sit
I vividly remember when we used to sit


In the government yard in Trenchtown, yeah
In a public area in Trenchtown


And then Georgie would make the fire lights, I say
Then our friend Georgie would light the fire


A log wood burnin' through the night, yeah
A log burning all night long


Then we would cook cornmeal porridge, I say
And then we would make porridge


Of which I'll share with you, yeah
I'll share it with you


My feet is my only carriage
I have to travel on foot


And so I've got to push on through
I have to keep going


But while I'm gone
While I'm away


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


Everything's gonna be alright
Everything will be okay


So no, woman, no cry
So no, woman, don't cry


No, woman, no cry
No, woman, don't cry


I say, oh little, oh little, darling, don't shed no tears
I say, oh dear, don't cry


No, woman, no cry, eh
No, woman, don't cry


No, woman, no, woman, no, woman, no cry
No, woman, don't cry


No, woman, no cry, one more time I've got to say
I have to say it one more time, no woman, don't cry


Oh little, little darling, please don't shed no tears
Oh dear, please don't cry


No, woman, no cry
No, woman, don't cry




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Vincent Ford

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@md.rayhankabirmd.rayhankab1174

No, woman, no cry
No, woman, no cry
No, woman, no cry
No, woman, no cry
'Cause, 'cause, 'cause I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
Oba observing the 'ypocrites
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 seh
No, woman, no cry
No, woman, no cry
'Ere, little darlin', don't shed no tears
No, woman, no cry
Said, said, said, I remember when-a we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire lights, I seh
A log wood burnin' through the night
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge, I seh
Of which I'll share with you
My feet is my only carriage
And so I've got to push on through
But while I'm gone
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
Everything's gonna be all right
So no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
I say, oh little oh little darling, don't shed no tears
No woman, no cry
No woman, no woman, no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry, one more time I've got to say
Oh little little darling, please don't shed no tears
No woman, no cry
No woman, no woman no cry



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@sigma9425

It's weird to miss someone who died before you were even born.

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You see, I remember. And many more died that year: Lennon, Bonham. In the 1980s, their era passed for some reason. These are eternal mysteries.

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I saw this man in Rotterdam 1976. One of my most treasured memories. I am a 64 year woman. I am so grateful

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