"No Woman No Cry "One of the Most Beautiful Songs Every Written By Bob Marley!

Bob Marley’s song No Woman No Cry

No Woman No Cry

I remember when we used to sit

In a government yard in Trench Town

And then Georgie would make a fire light

As it was log wood burning 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 darling I say don’t shed no tears

No woman, no cry. Yeah

Little darling don’t shed no tears

No woman, no cry

Little sister, don’t shed no tears

No woman, no cry

One of the most beautiful songs every written by Bob Marley and entrenched in our memories by the even greater performance of it at the Lyceum in London with beautiful harmony by the I Threes. Bob a very private individual exposes apart of his most intimate recollection of the Marley’s family life through the lyrics of this song.

In it’s literal sense the song can be interpreted as an ode to Marley’s mother and the hardships they both faced in Trench Town. They are said to have shared a very close relationship, giving added significance to the line “then we would cook cornmeal porridge, of which I’ll share with you”. This was one of Bob Marley favorite meals that was often prepared lovingly by his mother “Ciddy”. Although porridge for dinner was an indication of the family’s economic need it was also conversely an indication of strength and love through Bob’s satisfaction with having such a meal.

In the book on Bob’s life “Catch a Fire” it is noted that as a boy in the village of Nine Miles, St.Ann in Jamaica, Marley was rumored by older villagers as having possessed magical powers in the way of palm reading. The line “but while I’m gone” and the general tone of the song could possibly be following along the lines of that same mysticism and magic that Bob Marley is said to have possessed, as he seems to be preparing audiences and immediate family members for his untimely departure from this life only six years later at age 36, reassuring us that everything was “gonna be alright”

Bob Marley’s song No Woman No Cry

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