Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child

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

The audio recording provided 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.

Date: 2003Composer: George CrumbText: Traditional, James Weldon JohnsonSong Collection: A Journey Beyond Time: American Songbook II

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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…

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    A Journey Beyond Time

    Composer(s): George Crumb

    Song(s): 1. "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"
    2. "Joshua Fit de Battle ob Jericho"
    3. "Steal Away"
    4. "Oh, a-Rock-a My Soul"
    5. The Pregnant Earth: A Psalm for Noontide (Instrumental Interlude)
    6. "Sit Down, Sister"
    7. "Nobody Knows de Trouble I See"
    8. "Go Down, Moses"
    9. "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"

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