As Bob Marley's 1st hit, I've heard some who think the song means "if you don't have a woman, then you won't cry." But that's the furthest from Marley's lyrical intent. It's a political story with the core of the chorus comforting:
So, woman, no cry
No - no, woman - woman, no cry
Woman, little sister, dont shed no tears
No, woman, no cry.
Everything's gonna be alright.
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And I know it to be true. But right now in the valley, it's time to climb back up the mountain.