SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD

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SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD
“Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” (or simply “Motherless Child”) is a
traditional Negro spiritual. The song dates back to the era of slavery in the United States
when it was common practice to sell children of slaves away from their parents. An early
performance of the song dates back to the 1870s by the Fisk Jubilee Singers.
Superficially, the song is clearly an expression of pain and despair as it conveys the
hopelessness of a child who has lost her mother. Although the plaintive words can be
interpreted literally, they were much more likely metaphoric. The “motherless child”
could be a slave separated from and yearning for his African homeland, a slave suffering
“a long ways from home”—home being heaven—or most likely both.
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Long way from my home
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Sometimes I wish I could fly
Like a bird up in the sky
Little closer to my home
Motherless children have a real hard time
Motherless children have-a real hard time
Motherless children have such a real hard time
A long way from home
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
Long way from my home
Sometimes I feel like freedom is near
Oh, sometimes I feel like freedom is here
Sometimes I feel like freedom is near
But we’re so far from home
Sometimes I feel like it’s close at hand
And sometimes I feel like it’s close at hand
Sometimes I feel like the freedom is so near
But we’re so far away from home