Orphan Girl, The (The Orphan Child)

DESCRIPTION: The orphan girl at the rich man's door cries, "No home." Ragged, hungry, and cold, she begs for help, but the rich man turns her away. In the night she freezes to death, "but her soul has gone to a home above where there's room and bread for the poor"
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1894 (inscription in a book currently [2010] in the possession of Kirsten Wagmeister)
KEYWORDS: poverty orphan rejection death
FOUND IN: US(Ap,MW,Ro,SE,So)
REFERENCES (25 citations):
Belden, pp. 277-278, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text plus an excerpt from another, 1 tune)
Randolph 725, "The Orphan Child" (2 texts, 1 tune)
High, p. 20, "A Poore Orphant Left A Lone"; p. 43, "The Girl That Frose to Death" (2 texts)
AbrahamsRiddle, pp. 96-98, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
BrownII 148, "The Orphan Girl" (3 texts plus mention of 11 more)
BrownSchinhanIV 148, "The Orphan Girl" (3 excerpts, 3 tunes, plus observations on a fourth)
Chappell-FSRA 117, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text)
Morris, #58, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Brewster 63, "The Orphan Girl" (3 texts plus an excerpt and mention of 1 more, 1 tune)
Stout 43, p. 61, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text)
McNeil-SFB2, pp. 177-178, "Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Fuson, pp. 106-107, "The Little Orphan Girl" (1 text)
Cambiaire, pp. 26-27, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text)
MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 124-125, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text)
Boswell/Wolfe 69, pp. 113-114, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Scarborough-SongCatcher, pp. 364-366, "The Little Orphan Girl" (2 texts; 2 tunes on p. 454)
Owens-1ed, pp. 281-283, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Owens-2ed, p. 168, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune)
Hubbard, #99, "The Orphan GIrl" (1 text)
Sandburg, pp. 316-319, "Mag's Song" (2 text plus a fragment, 1 tune)
JHCox 153, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text)
Lomax-Singing, pp. 276-277, "The Coal Miner's Child" (1 text, 1 tune)
Darling-NAS, p. 368, "The Coal Miner's Child" (1 text)
cf. Gardner/Chickering, p. 481, "The Orphan Girl" (source notes only)
ADDITIONAL: _Sing Out_ magazine, Volume 25, #5 (1977), pp, 26-27, "The Orphan Girl" (1 text, 1 tune, the Buell Kazee version)

ST R725 (Partial)
Roud #457 and 4193
RECORDINGS:
Fiddlin' John Carson, "The Orphan Child" (OKeh 7006, 1924)
Buell Kazee, "The Orphan Girl" (Brunswick 211, 1928; Supertone S-2045, 1930; on KMM)
Lester McFarland & Robert Gardner, "The Orphan Girl" (Vocalion 5369, 1929)
Len Nash & his Country Boys, "The Orphan Girl" (Brunswick 387, 1929)
Riley Puckett, "The Orphan Girl" (Columbia 15050-D, 1926; rec. 1925)
Ernest Stoneman, "The Orphan Girl" (OKeh 45044, 1926) (Edison 52077/Edison [BA CYL] 5367, 1927)

CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Sacker Shean's Little Girl" (theme)
NOTES: Stephen Foster wrote a piece, "No Home, No Home" (1862), but this song is much more detailed and does not resemble Foster's.
The Darling text, "The Coal Miner's Child," has been localized to mining conditions without in any way distancing it from the other versions of this song. This adapted version, however, bears a special resemblance to "The Miner's Doom" [Laws Q36]. It appears, based on the notes in Lomax-Singing, that this adaption was created by Aunt Molly Jacskon, but the core of the song is still recognizable (as Jackson admitted).
Roud splits this into two parts, #457, recognized by the "No Home" lyric, and #4193. I think he's probably right, but it's very hard to separate some of the versions, so they are lumped until I can do a full investigation. - RBW
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