"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 live version of the song ranked No. 37 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
|"No Woman, No Cry"|
|Single by Bob Marley and the Wailers|
|from the album Live!|
Bob Marley (uncredited)
|Bob Marley and the Wailers singles chronology|
Though Bob Marley may have written the song, or at least the melody, songwriter credits were given to Vincent Ford, a friend of Marley's who ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown, the ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica where Marley grew up. The royalty payments received by Ford ensured his efforts would continue.
|UK Singles Chart||22|
|Dutch Top 40||23|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||30|
|UK Singles Chart||8|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver|
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"|
|Single by Fugees|
|from the album The Score|
|Genre||Hip hop, reggae fusion|
|Fugees singles chronology|
"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.
The song has been covered by numerous other artists including:
Art Ensemble Of Chicago (instrumental version)