Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

(2003)

"Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child" is the last song of George Crumb's A Journey Beyond Time: American Songbook II (2003).

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The audio recording provided in the audio playlist to the right features Thomas Hampson, baritone, and members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.  The recording is from a live performance at Alice Tully Hall (New York City) on April 29, 2011 and has been used with permission. To listen, please click on the track name itself.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Traditional African American Spiritual
Collected by John Rosamond Johnson & James Weldon Johnson

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

I wish I could fly like a bird in the sky
I sometimes wish I could fly like a bird in the sky
I wish I could fly like a bird in the sky
A long way from home

Motherless children have a hard time
Motherless children have a hard time
Motherless children have a hard time
A long way from home

Sometimes I feel like a motherless child...

Audio PLaylist