MacEdward Leach and the Songs of Atlantic Canada
Nobody's child
Francis Dunphy NFLD 2 Tape 1 Track 4
Tors Cove Audio:

l was slowly passing an orphan home one day
And l stopped there for a moment just to watch the children play
Alone a boy was standing and when l asked him why
He turned with eyes that could not see and he began to cry


I’m nobody's child; I’m nobody's child
I’m like a flower just growing wild
No Mommy’s kisses and no Daddy’s smiles
Nobody wants me I’m nobody's child

People come for children and take them for their own
But they all seem to pass me by and l am left alone
l know they'd like to take me but when they see I’m blind
They always take some other's child and l am left behind

No mother's arms to hold me or soothe me when l cry
Sometimes l get so lonely that l wish that l could die
I' d walk the streets of heaven where all the blind boys see
And just like all the other kids there'd be a home for me

I’m nobody's child, I’m nobody's child...etc.


Sources: From the Memorial University Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) Song Index and Song Annotation Collection: Knight, Margaret Bennett MUNFLA 73-145

Text: A blind orphan boy laments that no one loves him.

Tune: This tune has a slow 6/8 tune characterized by much syncopation.   The melody is disjunct with wide leaps in each phrase.   Each stanza has four lines following an ABAB form and refrain.   Rubato is employed by the singer.

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