Bob Marley: No Woman No Cry Meaning
Song Released: 1974
Covered By: Londonbeat (1991), Fugees (1996)
No Woman No Cry Lyrics
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...
Rastafaria Mar 25th, 3:38am report
The song is sublime in that he asks the women not to cry over the fates/killings of the protestors who died in Trenchtown. But to rejoice. The feet, the body is only a vessel for the soul. The soul is transcendent. He asks them to remember the good times when we imbibed for pleasure. And to remember, again, when we smoked for the courage to sit. No don't cry. Rejoice. For what the men gave you need to be proud. They sacrificed for the betterment of us all. They stood up not because they wanted glory. They stood/sat because they could not back up any further. So, no don't cry woman. Rejoice.
anonymous Oct 28th, 2014 10:25pm report
I believe he could be making reference to the Queen or its code for NO VICTIM NO CRIME referring to trespass, loitering (government yard in trench town) or even smoking joints (Georgie would make the fire light).
He is trying to tell the common man about common law and the inherent rights of every living human being.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2012 9:56am report
Many people think that the song means that if you don't have a woman in your life, you won't have a reason to cry. That's just not true. He's telling a woman friend to not cry. There can really be no other interpretation, based on the lyric, "...don't shed no tear".
anonymous Jul 4th, 2012 7:43am report
Greetings, in the name of the Almighty, Rastafari
Peace Be upon Uncle Nesta iternally,
Robbie's Vibration of 'No Woman No Cry' , is FOR every Person on the face of the earth, ispecially woman, as 'women are the mother of creation' it is so.
Rastafari, carry a baggage of pain from yesterday, which has created the love of today.
one must uncover ones own sorrow and triumphs through Jah music, and not ponder passing judgements on our prophets.
Love and Prosperity
OneHeart, Lion..Peter Dyer
anonymous Sep 23rd, 2011 9:16pm report
I think this song is to his wife while he was in Europe he was involved in some adultery with a young lady in the UK. This of-course made his wife sad, however she knew he loved her. So I think this song is to his wife telling her that he still loves her and, that he "remembers" her and thinks about her and, he is telling her not to cry.
anonymous Jul 19th, 2011 7:57pm report
Wow. 'My feet is my only carriage'? Really? You sure it's not 'My faith is my only courage'?
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