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SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD (Traditional 19th Century Spiritual) Paul Robeson - 1926 Bobby Breen (feat. in the film "Way Down South") - 1939 Lena Horne - 1946 Eddy Arnold - 1955 Louis Armstrong - 1958 Patti Page - 1959 Jimmy Witherspoon - 1959 Odetta - 1960 Lou Rawls - 1962 Jeanne Lee with Ran Blake - 1962 Donald Byrd - 1964 Jimmy Scott - 1969 Ike & Tina Turner - 1969 Kathleen Emery - 1970 Patty Pravo - 1970 Jimmy Scott - 1970 El Chicano - 1970 Les Humphries Singers - 1970 Donnie Osmond - 1971 Sergio Y Estibaliz - 1973 Charlie Rich - 1976 Ray Bryant - 1977 Boney M - 1977 Maria Farantouri - 1978 Barbara Hendricks & Dimitri Alexeev - 1983 Van Morrison - 1987 Marion Williams - 1991 The Kelly Family - 1991 Hootie & The Blowfish - 1994 Kevin Eubanks - 1994 Tom Jones & Portishead - 1999 Amy Jo Johnson (feat. in the TV film "Sweetwater") - 1999 Tok Tok Tok - 1999 John Legend - 2005 Madrugada - 2005 Wishbone Ash - 2006 Eric Burdon (feat. in the film "The Blue Hour") - 2007 Matthew Perryman Jones - 2008 Beth Nielsen Chapman - 2008 The Wailin' Jennys - 2009 Clutch - 2009 Also recorded by: Marian Anderson; Memphis Slim; Bessie Griffin; Clara Ward; Lois Deppe & Earl Hines; Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille; Marilyn Horne; Charlie Haden & Hank Jones; Martin L. Gore; Johnny, Gil & Bobby; Blind Boys Of Alabama; Big Joe Turner; Sinead O'Connor; Harry Belafonte; Johnny Nash; Pete Seeger; Simon Sisters; Mahalia Jackson; Sarah Vaughan; Julie London; John Scofield; Carmela Corren ............. and many others. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child A long ways from home A long ways from home True believer A long ways from home A long ways from home Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Way up in de heab'nly land Way up in de heab'nly land True believer Way up in de heab'nly land Way up in de heab'nly land Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child A long ways from home There's praying everywhere ******************** As recorded by Paul Robeson, January 27th 1926: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child A long ways from home A long ways from home True believer A long ways from home A long ways from home Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone A long ways from home A long ways from home True believer A long ways from home A long ways from home ******************** A later 1930's recording by PAUL ROBESON: Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child A long ways from home A long ways from home Come my brother A long ways from home A long ways from home Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almos' gone A long ways from home A long ways from home Come my sister A long ways from home A long ways from home ******************** As recorded by LOUIS ARMSTRONG: (Sometimes I feel like a motherless child) Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child A long ways from home A long ways from home True believer A long ways from home A long ways from home SPOKEN: Yes, sometimes I feel like a motherless child (Why?) Why? 'Cause nothin' ever happens (Nothin'?) Well, nothin' good (So what's good?) You know, to have a ball (You sick?) No (Hungry?) No, man I just had myself a mess o' black-eyed peas and rice (Long way, long way) (See what I mean?) I did, I am a long ways from home But things could be worse, sure could ******************** As recorded by PATTI PAGE, November 1959: (Sister, Sister, why are you so sad?) (Why are you so sad?) Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child Sometimes I feel like a motherless child A long way from home A long way from home Sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone Yes, sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone Sometimes I feel like I'm almost gone Way up in the heavenly land Way up in the heavenly land (True believer) Way up in the heavenly land A long way from home (Sometimes I feel like a motherless child) (Transcribed by Mel Priddle - March 2013)

    


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