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Bob Marley — No Woman, No Cry
Album: Live!
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Released: 1975
Length: 6:58
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No woman, no cry (Repeat 4 times)

Said said
Said I remember when we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
Oba, ob-serving the hypocrites
As they would mingle with the good people we meet
Good friends we have had, oh good friends we've lost along the way
In this bright future you can't forget your past
So dry your tears I say

No woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
Oh my Little sister, don't she'd 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
Log wood burnin' through the night
Then we would cook corn meal 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...

Everything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright
Ev'rything's gonna be alright

No woman, no cry
No, no woman, no woman, no cry
Oh, little sister, don't she'd no tears
No woman, no cry

No woman, no woman, no woman, no cry
No woman, no cry
Oh, my little darlyn no she'd no tears
No woman, no cry, yeah
any sister no she'd no tears, no women no cry


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

Say, say, said I remember when we used to sit
In a government yard in Trenchtown
Obba, obba, serving the hypocrites
As the 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
Little darling, don't she'd no tears, no woman no cry
Say, say, 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, love would burn on through the night
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge
Of which I'll share with you
My fear is my only courage
So I've got to push on thru
Oh, while I'm gone

Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
Everything 's gonna be alright, everything 's gonna be alright
So woman no cry, no, no woman no cry
Oh, my little sister
Don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry
I remember when we use to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown
And then Georgie would make the fire lights
As it was, log would burnin' through the nights
Then we would cook cornmeal porridge
Of which I'll share with you
My fear is my only courage
So I've got to push on thru
Oh, while I'm gone
No woman no cry, no, no woman no cry
Oh, my little darlin'
Don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry, No woman no cry

Oh my Little darlin', don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry
Little sister, don't she'd no tears
No woman no cry
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The best comment is that this song is unmatched for its great,positive uniting message,10 10😊
I love the music, but more than that I love this song because it reminds me of  they joy of seeing great shows at smaller venues. 
 Tomasni wrote:
Again in three days ->  3 +  Skip
 

Wow, your constant song rating updates are like watching the stock market. 
Again in three days ->  3 +  Skip
My rating down from 8 to 7  
I've been very fortunate over the years to see almost all of my favorite bands, many in smaller venues, but probably my biggest musical regret is never getting to see Bob...  this will have to suffice.
always thought the lyric was 'love wood burning through the night'. log makes more sense. ;)
I really like the Fugees cover of this song. I can't help but imagine their slightly modified lyrics while listening.

"I remember when we used to rock in a project yard in Jersey
And little Georgie would make the firelight
As stolen cars passed through the night
And then we'd hit the corner store for roots, paper, and brew
My drink's my only remedy
For pain of losing family, but while I'm gone shorty
Everything's gonna be alright, everything's gonna be alright
Fugees come to the dance tonight, everything's gonna be alright"
 whomhow wrote:
Probably, one of the best live (recorded) tracks EVER. 10.
if this song doesn't deserve 10 I wonder which one then?!?

 
I'm with you, well nearly all the way there I have this at a 9, which is about as high as any 'live' tracks I've rated on RP.  And considering the quality of the sound put out, with the feedback and crowd noise, that's saying a lot, right?  Gosh I wish I had had a chance to see Bob M perform!!  Long Live RP!!
Probably, one of the best live (recorded) tracks EVER. 10.
if this song doesn't deserve 10 I wonder which one then?!?

Thank You     Bob Marley     
 for                 No Woman, No Cry
        

8 - Most Excellent  to me


 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
A funny story. We found that our dog settles down at night (doesn't wander the house) if we play certain music softly on a loop for him. This is his 'Bob' mix, and it contains a selection of Marley and Dylan songs. He doesn't settle for all music. At night he walks up to the computer, when the last person is going to bed, so that we can put his music on.
This is part of the Bob mix.  

 
He has you well trained   :)
This should have been featured yesterday.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
I was expensively and privately educated in the UK. Now my teenaged children have been brought up and educated abroad where English is taught as a second language. They are often corrected on their grammar by English teachers whose sense of language has been preserved in amber. Every time thy get taught the correct forms for the subjunctive or similar I point out that it is possible to say more about life with four words of dodgy grammar than it is possible to express with a thousand pages of bloodless, but perfect, grammar - no woman, no cry. 

 
So well said!! Bless you and this insightful comment!
 
 Far wrote:
All the artists dead or murdered. Mama Africa sad. A one off genre perhaps ?

 
If you are ignorant of the genres history and its wealth of practitioners right up to this very day, perhaps? 

Mama Far sad.
All the artists dead or murdered. Mama Africa sad. A one off genre perhaps ?
 TerryS wrote:
No woman, I got Trenchmouth.

 
Had a great chuckle at this. thank you
Entrancing, always, every time. 
It doesn't need any comments‼️😀🙋🏼
 SeriousLee wrote:
Just my luck. Turn on RP and it's a damn reggae song.

 
says Lee Scratch Perry..
I didn't rate this gem yet. Incredible.
Just my luck. Turn on RP and it's a damn reggae song.
No woman, I got Trenchmouth.
Awesome
Kinda like this take on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZMbTFNp4wI
I was expensively and privately educated in the UK. Now my teenaged children have been brought up and educated abroad where English is taught as a second language. They are often corrected on their grammar by English teachers whose sense of language has been preserved in amber. Every time thy get taught the correct forms for the subjunctive or similar I point out that it is possible to say more about life with four words of dodgy grammar than it is possible to express with a thousand pages of bloodless, but perfect, grammar - no woman, no cry. 
für mich lebt Bob  und seine Botschaft( en) noch immer  yah man
This is really interesting. I didn't realize that Satan was Anglo.

 
johnjconn wrote:
 TJS wrote:


I don't believe in karma either, but yes, I called god an evil shithead.  I would say the same about any other fictitious character, whose name I would likely also capitalize.  I'm always amazed how many people make excuses for god and all of the atrocities attributed to him.  "Everyone in my village died from the plague but god spared me!  Thank god!" 

Really?
 



 


 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
A funny story. We found that our dog settles down at night (doesn't wander the house) if we play certain music softly on a loop for him. This is his 'Bob' mix, and it contains a selection of Marley and Dylan songs. He doesn't settle for all music. At night he walks up to the computer, when the last person is going to bed, so that we can put his music on.
This is part of the Bob mix.  

 
As I'm reading this and listening to Marley, my dog walks in, and lays down, flat out, like he does when sleeping...very interesting...and it's 11:00 AM !
 johnjconn wrote:
 TJS wrote:


I don't believe in karma either, but yes, I called god an evil shithead.  I would say the same about any other fictitious character, whose name I would likely also capitalize.  I'm always amazed how many people make excuses for god and all of the atrocities attributed to him.  "Everyone in my village died from the plague but god spared me!  Thank god!" 

Really?
 
I SEE YOU HAVE THE EYES CORRECT........


 



 Sweet_Virginia wrote:
A funny story. We found that our dog settles down at night (doesn't wander the house) if we play certain music softly on a loop for him. This is his 'Bob' mix, and it contains a selection of Marley and Dylan songs. He doesn't settle for all music. At night he walks up to the computer, when the last person is going to bed, so that we can put his music on.
This is part of the Bob mix.  

 

SMART DOG.....
Sticky bun soon come, mon.
A funny story. We found that our dog settles down at night (doesn't wander the house) if we play certain music softly on a loop for him. This is his 'Bob' mix, and it contains a selection of Marley and Dylan songs. He doesn't settle for all music. At night he walks up to the computer, when the last person is going to bed, so that we can put his music on.
This is part of the Bob mix.  
 johnjconn wrote:
A crying woman!
and everything is going to be alright?

yeah, sure, in who's dreams
 
Have to laugh at the uncanny reality of that comment. Btw, this tune is so dull to me. I'd be willing to bet that being in a live setting hearing this tune...it would be far more interesting.
Not be a 10? Because Jimmy Cliff must be given at least a few points.
How could it be less than a 10?  An anthem to what is, a hymn to what was, and a haiku to what could be.
Sounds like it was performed in my local pub, opening for the Macc Lads.
 johnjconn wrote:


Are you calling God an evil shithead?
Dude - that's bad karma
 

I don't believe in karma either, but yes, I called god an evil shithead.  I would say the same about any other fictitious character, whose name I would likely also capitalize.  I'm always amazed how many people make excuses for god and all of the atrocities attributed to him.  "Everyone in my village died from the plague but god spared me!  Thank god!" 

Really?
Godlike. A beneficent God with a heavenly chorus telling me "Everything gonna be alright."

I want to believe you, mon. Won't bet the ranch on it, but want to believe you.
No doubt about the quality of Bob Marley, but every song of his, and especially this one, make me feel that time is standing still. They never stop.
 randomprime wrote:
It's a 7 minute song. Listening to it 87933567 times would be ~105 years. Congrats on such a long life!
 
and for keeping an accurate count.........
 YA_MAN wrote:
Bob was God's gift to mankind
 

Why did god kill him then?  What an evil shithead to inflict such a horrible disease on him with full knowledge of how he would suffer.
This is 10 from all the 10. 
I'm not a Bob Marley fan or a fan of reggae in general, but this song has always moved me.  I love it.
Bob was God's gift to mankind
 wenatchee wrote:
 

Overplayed?  Yes.  Timeless?  Yes.


 

It's like telling the sun it's overplayed.   {#Naughty}
{#Music}

10...all day, every day.

 

Overplayed?  Yes.  Timeless?  Yes.


 shellbella wrote:

Always a 10!!!!

 
Bore me to death LOL

Always a 10!!!!


 helgigermany wrote:
I love this song!
 
It's immortal.

everything?  yah man!  {#Roflol}
 raerae333 wrote:


actually, for many of us, just crying it out is our way of letting it go (you know vs. putting our fist through a wall) and once we do that and get a little hug and pat on the back, it usually passes and everything is alright.....

and a guy who helps us do that and gets it (like Bob) is a keeper and gets all that love back ;)

 
There are benefits to trying to understand women.  Pitfalls too, like the headache every time the wife changes the rules on me.

It's all worth it though.  We are best friends as well as husband and wife.

Trying to get beyond the "My feet is my only carrot" line (spaceman, I hate you/adore you), Bob Marley is still one of my favorite reggae artists. I REALLY need to find the article I wrote about being the first person to dance to reggae music in a cow-town...
The greatest reggae artist.  Still.
 johnjconn wrote:
A crying woman!
and everything is going to be alright?

yeah, sure, in who's dreams
 

actually, for many of us, just crying it out is our way of letting it go (you know vs. putting our fist through a wall) and once we do that and get a little hug and pat on the back, it usually passes and everything is alright.....

and a guy who helps us do that and gets it (like Bob) is a keeper and gets all that love back ;)

 Cynaera wrote:

I'm sorry, but this has me laughing so hard I almost can't type... Thank you so much!  I love Bob Marley, but now I'll never be able to listen to his music without thinking of this line and laughing... Oh gawd, I LOVE RadioParadise and all the coconuts who spend time here... {#Group-hug}
 
It was his foot that killed him....

 spaceman wrote:

"My feet is my only carrot"?

{#Think}


 
I'm sorry, but this has me laughing so hard I almost can't type... Thank you so much!  I love Bob Marley, but now I'll never be able to listen to his music without thinking of this line and laughing... Oh gawd, I LOVE RadioParadise and all the coconuts who spend time here... {#Group-hug}
Marley. Always wonderful.
observing the hypocrites
Chi_Guy wrote:
Hey you "White Folks", Soul up! This ain't no song, it's a bloody anthem!{#Notworthy}
A little racism with your reggae? No thanks on both cases.

Interesting to hear the audience making up rhythyms and seeking the refrain...very good live performance, even without enhancements...
Brings back my memories of sitting on an island in the Andaman Sea with this song pouring out of a bar. Love it!
 nigelr wrote:
Truly one of the great live albums..............and live performers!

 
{#Yes}

I have known about Bob Marley most of my life, but only came to find this album after I came here to RP. Truly one of the best live albums (or albums period) ever.

Saw that concert on TV some months ago. That was very nice!!


Pearl Jam - "No Woman, No Cry"/"Betterman" Live Arnhem, Netherlands (2006)
"that is the perfect intro for this song-"


Truly one of the great live albums..............and live performers!

I love this song!
 treatment_bound wrote:

Yeah, it's a great version, but why did they pick a live cut for a record (originally heard on vinyl!) that contained microphone feedback?
 
Because it's part of the song now.

Love it... Reminds me of being a stupid kid right out of High School living at the beach.  Good times!
 HokieRider wrote:
Awesome set going today. 

Bob Marley- No Woman, No Cry
Van Morrison- These Dreams Of You
The Derek Trucks Band- This Sky
Ben Harper- Number With No Name
Bill, you're making it hard to focus on work!!!  I just want to go play in the sunshine!
 
What he said!

Everything's gonna be alright.
Awesome set going today. 

Bob Marley- No Woman, No Cry
Van Morrison- These Dreams Of You
The Derek Trucks Band- This Sky
Ben Harper- Number With No Name
Bill, you're making it hard to focus on work!!!  I just want to go play in the sunshine!
For a long while, before I read the title, I thought the words were "no woman, no pride."  Somehow that works, too.

Its LIVE its Marley its SO true,,# 9 !           {#Whistle}        


 HarrO wrote:
I ran into the same thing a lot when I lived in Switzerland. I tried to explain to them that in the Jamaican dialect the "No" means "Don't. But I think they liked their version better.
 
Ah, that explains it. I figured Mr. Marley had just one of the more bizarre idiolects out there. Overplayed an all, at this exact moment I like it very much.

Oh, just love this, especially live. Fits the sun and the feeling of spring today perfectly. {#Daisy}
Saw him in Hamburg 1980, great great concert.

 HarrO wrote:

I ran into the same thing a lot when I lived in Switzerland. I tried to explain to them that in the Jamaican dialect the "No" means "Don't. But I think they liked their version better.

 
I've always liked the unintentional double meaning.  Gives it a whole 'nother dimension.  {#Mrgreen}
 TanteJensen wrote:
This might be #1 on the all time list of misunderstood songs. Here in Germany, most people think it means "if you ain't got no woman you ain't got no need to cry".

 
I ran into the same thing a lot when I lived in Switzerland. I tried to explain to them that in the Jamaican dialect the "No" means "Don't. But I think they liked their version better.

Bob at the Roxy...I remember I almost went to this show, but then decided that the $10 ticket was too much to ask for a show...
Yeah, no woman, no cryin'. I get that!
This might be #1 on the all time list of misunderstood songs. Here in Germany, most people think it means "if you ain't got no woman you ain't got no need to cry".

Hey you "White Folks", Soul up! This ain't no song, it's a bloody anthem!{#Notworthy}
I would rate it an *11* if I could...
Clearly, a brilliant song. But I cannot help it: it always feels endless to me.
michaelgmitchell wrote:
Uh-oh. Reggae.
I'll be back.
Sorry . . . just can't handle it at all.
Some lines are drawn for me. This genre is one of them.
JMO.


Surprising (and sad) that even Bob Marley can't do it for you.There are definitely genres I'm not into (ie ska) but I can always find at least one song as an exception, and sometimes that particular song will open up the genre for me.
That's what I love about RP: it challenges my musical tastes. 

 spaceman wrote:

"My feet is my only carrot"?

{#Think}


 

{#Lol}
"My feet is my only carriage" 

{#Sunny}


"My feet is my only carrot"?

{#Think}


Nothing like a bit of Bob to start the day right.....
 kyleminor wrote:
I get that this song is a classic and all, but if I have to hear it one more time, I think I'll freaking die. Aren't there other raggae songs in the world?

 
I hear ya' bro!

Needed some easy skanking this PM . . .
pedrock77 wrote:
8 for the song, 3 for the 87933567 times I've heard it in my life (so far)...
It's a 7 minute song. Listening to it 87933567 times would be ~105 years. Congrats on such a long life!
Laptopdog wrote:
For me, everything about this song is perfection. :music: :meditate:
Yeah, it's a great version, but why did they pick a live cut for a record (originally heard on vinyl!) that contained microphone feedback?
For me, everything about this song is perfection. :music: :meditate:
michaelgmitchell wrote:
What are the odds? My comment from two months ago, I see. Sorry, just hit the mute. I'll be back.
You are a sad, wee little man.
What are the odds? My comment from two months ago, I see. Sorry, just hit the mute. I'll be back.
kaz wrote:
Even Redemption Song?
Since I agree with not really getting Bob Marley, I'll agree that Redemption Song is definitely, umm, redemptive... I'm a bit partial to this one as well. (Even though I prefer Chris Cornell's version of Redemption Song).
fredriley wrote:
...but even in those days I couldn't see anything in Bob Marley. Inventive, passionate, musical, and the rest, but his music just never did it for me. Beats me why.
Even Redemption Song?
Honeyman wrote:
If you've rated this below an 8, please just leave RP now.
If you're intolerant of other people's musical tastes, please just leave RP now. That's the thing about "eclectic" - with such a wide range of music, some tracks, like this, that some folk would sell their newborns to listen to, other folk would rather gnaw their own legs off than leave unmuted. I used to be a big fan of reggae, particularly when I smoked spliffs like there was no tomorrow :*), but even in those days I couldn't see anything in Bob Marley. Inventive, passionate, musical, and the rest, but his music just never did it for me. Beats me why.
Uh-oh. Reggae. I'll be back. Sorry . . . just can't handle it at all. Some lines are drawn for me. This genre is one of them. JMO.
Honeyman wrote:
If you've rated this below an 8, please just leave RP now.
8 for the song, 3 for the 87933567 times I've heard it in my life (so far)...
If you've rated this below an 8, please just leave RP now.
Marley's is the only ragoo for me!
Yes it gets played often...but it's a great bloody song
kyleminor wrote:
I get that this song is a classic and all, but if I have to hear it one more time, I think I'll freaking die. Aren't there other raggae songs in the world?
Yes. There's "Jamming" and the one they play over the Jamaica vacation ads on TV.
I had never really listened to Bob Marley until I went to West Africa. My co-worker there constantly played a tape that he called a rap tape, but was actually a whole series of bands performing the same songs in different ways. All the songs were by Bob Marley, and it included this one, as well as "Waiting in Vain". I got sick of them at the time, but now when I hear them there's such a fondness for that experience (plus the songs kick ass anyway :biggrin:).
Stunning
Gorgeous.
Bob Marley vs Bob Hope!!!!!!! You decide?
Old_Pat wrote:
It really just doesn't get any better than this.
AMH wrote:
No.
Yes.
kyleminor wrote:
I get that this song is a classic and all, but if I have to hear it one more time, I think I'll freaking die. Aren't there other raggae songs in the world?
No.
Old_Pat wrote:
It really just doesn't get any better than this.
I couldn't agree more..
It really just doesn\'t get any better than this.
Arianrhod wrote:
Just wondering...whatever happened to Bob Marley's legacy? There is a lot of money tied up in his name I'd hate to think it all got tangled up in American record producers (or a Caribbean dictatorship). If any of his kids followed Last I heard, it is his various offspring that have tied the 'legacy' up with a myriad of lawsuits.
Just wondering...whatever happened to Bob Marley's legacy? There is a lot of money tied up in his name I'd hate to think it all got tangled up in American record producers (or a Caribbean dictatorship). If any of his kids followed in his footsteps (and they seem to have since one of his sons plays the same kind of music here on RP) did the money make it back to Haiti(?) ? Can his kids channel the $ to Haitian squirts, schools, medical clinics? protecting their environment? legalizing marijuana? world peace?
I get that this song is a classic and all, but if I have to hear it one more time, I think I'll freaking die. Aren't there other raggae songs in the world?
bokey wrote:
I heard he was under the influence of marijuana when he wrote this.Or maybe he wasn't.I forget.
:roflol:
mmmmmmm :meditate:
bokey wrote:
I heard he was under the influence of marijuana when he wrote this.Or maybe he wasn't.I forget.
Bob Marley was always under the influence of marajuana. =D
Aahhhh! Balm for the soul!