Win a copy of TensorFlow 2.0 in Action this week in the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Liutauras Vilda
  • Paul Clapham
  • Bear Bibeault
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
Sheriffs:
  • Ron McLeod
  • Tim Cooke
  • Devaka Cooray
Saloon Keepers:
  • Tim Moores
  • Tim Holloway
  • Jj Roberts
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Carey Brown
Bartenders:
  • salvin francis
  • Scott Selikoff
  • fred rosenberger

Confusing lyrics..

 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 624
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Had a debate the other day about the Bob Marley classic song: "No woman, no cry"..

As far as I can tell, the title of this song makes no sense and is only quasi-English.. There are at least 2 perfectly valid interpretations with radicaly different meanings:

1) "Woman - dont cry".. reassuring and comforting and I suspect the intended sentiment.

2) "No woman?, No reason to cry!" .. Perhaps a more modern (and less politicaly correct)sentiment about how batchelorhood is care free and only when relationships with 'the emotional sex' get involved do people start getting upset!

Can anyone think of any other great songs with a similar ambiguity to them? Or any other possible interpretations of this songs title?
 
Wanderer
Posts: 18671
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
1) "Woman - dont cry".. reassuring and comforting and I suspect the intended sentiment.

I agree with this interpretation. I've heard this song described as "misogynist" (presumably using interpretation #2 above) but to me, this seems completely baseless. Subsequent lyrics towards the end seem to leave little room for ambiguity:

No, woman, no cry;
No, woman, no cry.
Woman, little darlin', say don't shed no tears;
No, woman, no cry.

Eh! (Little darlin', don't shed no tears!
No, woman, no cry.
Little sister, don't shed no tears!
No, woman, no cry.)
 
town drunk
( and author)
Posts: 4118
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I've believe this song was written for wife, after they found out that he was dying.


I remember when-a we used to sit
In the government yard in Trenchtown.
And then Georgie would make the fire lights,
As it was logwood burnin' through the nights.
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, I mean:
Everything's gonna be all right
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 1759
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
from the Modest Mouse:

as life gets longer awful feels softer
well it feels pretty soft to me
and if it takes shit to make bliss
then i feel pretty blissfully
[ August 17, 2004: Message edited by: Helen Thomas ]
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 1340
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Originally posted by Adrian Wallace:
1) "Woman - dont cry".. reassuring and comforting and I suspect the intended sentiment.
2) "No woman?, No reason to cry!" ..

It has to be number one.

Last year in a bar in Turkey this song was playing and the waiter was singing, "No woman, no sex".

You had to be there.
 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 68
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
You mean in Turkey there are no gays ?
 
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic