No Woman, No Cry

The theme I chose for this year is 

Greatest Hits as suggested by AI

It’s important to note that AI was only used for the song suggestion, not in the actual putting together of the post. 

Today our suggested Greatest Hit is:  No Woman, No Cry

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

Although Bob Marley is widely believed to have written the song, or at least the melody, songwriting credit was 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 (he specifically mentions the Government Yards of Trenchtown, a public housing project). The royalty payments received by Ford ensured his efforts would continue.

The original studio version of the song used a drum machine. Jean Roussel provided the arrangement and Hammond organ parts for this recording. The title and main refrain, "No Woman, No Cry", means "Woman, don't cry". The lyric is sometimes misunderstood outside Jamaica to mean "if there is no woman, there is no reason to cry". The lyric 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".



  1. Of course I know this song. I did not know that the loyalties were going to Trenchtown. That is really great.

    Tim Brannan, The Other Side blog
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  2. It's a good song a d glad the royalties are going there

  3. I knew this song by the title! It was still pretty popular when I visited Jamaica years ago.


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