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How to PLay No WOman No CryNo Woman, No Cry is a popular reggae song composed by the singer/songwriter Bob Marley and the song comes from an album that holds the name for being the first, from different perspectives. It was officially the first number to be recorded under the band name Bob Marley and the Wailers.

How to play “No Woman No Cry”

Who is Bob Marley

Bob Marley is a Jamaican singer and a lyricist who is famous for his numerous compositions. He played the role of a rhythm guitarist in his band and also was the lead singer for a considerable period. Marley is widely known for bringing his native music to worldwide audience.

He was strongly associated with The Wailers band and has a slew of songs to his credit including No Woman, No Cry, Redemption Song, I Shot the Sheriff and Jamming.

The song is included in the album Natty Dread without their band mates Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The I Three female vocal trio was used in this album which is hosted at number 37 among the Rolling Stone top 500 list.

The Chords To Play No Woman, No Cry

The song uses the following chords which begins with a Am , C and proceeds with F6 and G . The step by step instructions will make it easy to learn the song for all aspiring musicians.

What Makes No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley A Great Song?

The song holds the special place of being Bob Marley’s first association with the Wailers.

  • The mellow tempo found in the song makes it a great choice to sing along.
  • It’s an instant hit and an evergreen classic song among Bob Marley fans.

Why No Woman, No Cry is Classified as Easy and Is an Ideal Choice to Learn

The song is quite easy to learn for beginners and amateur guitarists who are still starting off. It is mainly because No Woman No Cry is easily split into only two sections, including the intro and the verse with a mellow tempo that makes it easy to sing along. The easy instructions makes it simple to learn and is a great beginning for learners.

No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley and the Wailers comes from the album Natty Dread. It was originally released in 1974 and consists of spiritually charged lyrics. Vincent Ford, a friend of Marley helped pen the lyrics for this album which is at number 92 in pop album charts. The easy guide will help you learn how to play the song proficiently.

Strumming Pattern for No Woman No Cry

If you watched the video tutorial above, you may notice that I did the finger picking version of the song. However if you want to strum the song, that’s good as well!

Here is the basic strumming pattern of No Woman No Cry:

4/4 time  Strum Pattern  d u  d  d u  d
                         1 1  1  1 1  1
                         8 8  4  8 8  4

No Woman No Cry Guitar Chords


by Bob Marley

4/4 time  Strum Pattern  d u  d  d u  d
                         1 1  1  1 1  1
                         8 8  4  8 8  4
d=down u=up

G  C  G/B  Am7  F  C  F  C  G

C    G/B           Am  F
  No woman, no cry.
C    F         C      G
  No woman, no cry.
C    G/B             Am           F
  No woman,       no cry.                      1st verse
  Here Little darlin', don't shed no tears.    2nd verse
C    F         C      G
  No woman, no cry.
Said, said,
C        G/B      Am                  F
  Said I remember when we used to sit
C              G/B           Am          F
  In the government yard in Trenchtown.
C                  G/B          Am        F
            Oba, Observing the hypocrites                1st verse
  And then Georgie would make a fire light               2nd verse
             C         G/B                     Am      F
As they would mingle   with the good people we meet,
    As it was log wood burnin' through the     night.
C            G/B              Am                     F
  Good friends we had oh      good friends we've lost
     Then we  would cook corn meal porridge
C               G/B          Am         F
               along the way.
  of which I'll share with you.
C               G/B        Am
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