"No Woman, No Cry" is a reggae song by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The song first became known in 1974 from the studio album Natty Dread. This studio version used a drum machine. The live version from the 1975 album Live! was released as a single and is the best known version; it was included on the greatest hits compilation Legend, and was recorded at the Lyceum Theatre in London on July 17, 1975 as part of his Natty Dread Tour.
The title and main refrain, "No Woman, No Cry" is rendered "No, woman, nuh cry" in Jamaican Patois. The "nuh" is pronounced with a short schwa vowel (a "mumbled" vowel, often represented as "uh" in spelling) and represents a clitic ("weakened") form of "no". It is the equivalent to the contraction "don't". The song is about growing up in the ghetto and persuading a woman that things will get better, entreating her not to cry.
"No Woman, No Cry" is the fourth single from the Fugees' second studio album, The Score. The song was produced by Salaam Remi. The Fugees' version of the track features Wyclef Jean on lead vocals, and changes the lyric "in a government yard in Trenchtown" to "in a government yard in Brooklyn". An official remix of the track, featuring Stephen Marley, was included on the group's third release, Bootleg Versions. Wyclef Jean recorded a solo version of the track for his Greatest Hits compilation in 2003.
"No Woman, No Cry" (LP version) - 4:03
"No Woman, No Cry" (Remix) - 3:55
"No Woman, No Cry" (Remix instrumental) - 3:55
"Killing Me Softly" (Live) - 4:25
"Don't Cry, Dry Your Eyes" - 5:03
"Don't Cry, Dry Your Eyes" (Instrumental) - 5:03
"No Woman, No Cry" (LP version) - 4:03
"A Change Is Gonna Come" (Live) - 6:04
Other cover versions
The song has been covered by numerous other artists including:
German metal band JBO parodied the song in East Franconian dialect as "Ka Alde, ka G'schrei"
The ska punk band Spunge is the only band to ever have officially been given permission by the Marley family to change the lyrics, for their cover on the album Room For Abuse.
Murder 1 featuring Kid Rock has a version of the song with changed lyrics on their 1999 album "American Junkie"
Partial use, parodies and sampling
The pop rap band Sweetbox used a part of the song for the chorus of their song "Everything's Gonna Be Alright".
Naughty by Nature sampled Boney M's version of the song for their hit single "Everything's Gonna Be Alright."
The song "City of Love" by Yes includes "No woman, no cry" as part of the lyrics.
American pianist Louis Durra, recorded an instrumental trio version on "Tangled Up in Blue EP" and "Arrogant Doormats" (2011).
The Christian music rapper Redimi2 recorded a single "No woman, don't cry" which part of the chorus is "Everything is gonna be alright ", the songs is a call for stopping woman abuse.
Fergie used interpolations of the song in her song "Mary Jane Shoes" from the album The Dutchess.
In the 2004 video game Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, precinct detective Dick Gumshoe sings a parody of the song titled "No Motive, No Crime", much to the annoyance of the title character.
Russian rock singer Nikolai Noskov used words No Woman, No Cry in chorus of reggae fusion style-song Иду ко дну (I go to the bottom) from the album Po pojas v nebe (По пояс в небе).
In 2013, an a-cappella satirical video parody "No Woman, No Drive" about Saudi Arabia banning women from driving, went viral on YouTube with over 11,000,000 hits.
Comedy bands Ninja Sex Party and Tupperware Remix Party have performed a short song parodying the song title called "No Buttsex, No Cry" during their "Rock Hard 2017" tour.
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