No Woman, No Cry
"No Woman, No Cry" is a reggae song made famous by Bob Marley and the Wailers. The song was first released in 1974, and became world-famous in 1975 through the studio album Natty Dread by the same band. The live version from the 1975 album Live! is perhaps best known — it was this version which was released on the greatest hits compilation Legend. Though Bob Marley likely wrote the song himself, songwriter credits were given to "V. Ford". Vincent Ford was a friend of Marley's who ran a soup kitchen in Trenchtown, the ghetto of Kingston, Jamaica where Marley grew up. The royalty cheques received by Ford ensured the survival and continual running of his soup kitchen.
A more accurate rendering of the title in Jamaican patois would be "No, woman, nuh cry". The "nuh", which makes a shorter vowel sound for "no", is the equivalent of the contraction "don't".
The song has since been covered by such artists as Murder One, Blues Traveler, Joan Baez, Xavier Rudd, Jimmy Buffett, Gilberto Gil, The Fugees, No Use for a Name, Utada Hikaru, String Cheese Incident, Sublime, NOFX (live, with El Hefe playing and singing alone), Boney M, Rancid, Andrés Calamaro, Hugh Masekela, Pauline Black, Peter Rowan, Bill Bourne, Graham Parker, Keller Williams, Eterna Inocencia, and as a duet by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. The ska punk band [spunge] is the only band to ever have officially been given permission by the Marley family to change the lyrics, for their cover on the album Room For Abuse.
No Woman, No Cry was No. 37 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.