Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

DESCRIPTION: "Sometimes I feel like a motherless child... a long way from home.... Sometimes I feel like I have no friend(s).... Sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone...."
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1899 (Barton, "Old Plantation Hymns")
KEYWORDS: religious home orphan nonballad
FOUND IN: US
REFERENCES (5 citations):
Dett, p. 172, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (1 text, 1 tune; p. 115 in the 1901 edition)
Lomax-FSUSA 107, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
PSeeger-AFB, p. 49, "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
Silber-FSWB, p. 62, "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child" (1 text)
Fuld-WFM, p. 514, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"

Roud #10072
RECORDINGS:
Mildred Bailey, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Vocalion 05209, 1939)
Rev. Gary Davis, "Motherless Children" (on GaryDavis02)
Harmonizing Four, "Motherless Child" (Vee Jay 854, rec. 1957)
Ruth Mallard, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Chile" (on BlackAmRel1)
Paul Robeson, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (Victor 20013, 1926)
Pete Seeger, "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" (on PeteSeeger23) (on PeteSeeger24)
Sister Nellie Lynn & the Southern Sons, "Motherless Child" (Haven 521, n.d.)
Lee Wiley, "Motherless Child" (Decca 132, 1934)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Motherless Child (II)" (theme, some words, form)
File: LxU107

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