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Lyr Add: Nobody's Child (from Hank Snow)

18 Nov 02 - 10:31 AM (#828952)
Subject: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy

Nobody's Child
by Hank Snow

I was slowly passing an orphan's home one day
And stopped there for a moment just to watch the children play
Alone a boy was standing and when I 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 smile
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 I am left alone
I know they'd like to take me but when they see I'm blind
They always take some other child and I am left behind

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

[spoken]
I just can't seem to figure out
Why the folks all pass me by
Cause I know that it's true that god takes
Little blind children with him in the sky
And they tell me that I'm oh so pretty
And they seem to like my big curls of gold
But then they take some other little child
And I'm left here all alone

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 smile
Nobody wants me I'm nobody's child

Recorded by Hank Snow, Lonnie Donegan, the Beatles with Tony Sheridan,
Travelling Willberries (sp) among others; Beatles probably got it from Lonnie Donegan's recording


18 Nov 02 - 10:53 AM (#828966)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: masato sakurai

From The Record Lady's All-Time Country Favorites:

'Nobody's Child' - Hank Snow
'Nobody's Child' - Hank Williams, Jr.

~Masato


18 Nov 02 - 01:13 PM (#829101)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy

NOBODY'S CHILD

Recorded by Hank Snow

As [D] I was slowly passing [D7] by an [G] orphan's home one day,
I [A7] thought I'd stop a little while just to watch the children [D] play.
Alone, a boy was [D7] standing, and [G] when I asked him why,
He [A7] turned with eyes that could not see and this was his re-[D] ply.

Chorus>>>

I'm [G] nobody's child, [A7] nobody's [D] child.
[A7] I'm like a flower, just growing [D] wild.
No mommy's [D7] kisses and no [G] daddy's smiles,
Nobody [A7] wants me, I'm nobody's [D] child.

People come for children to take them for their own,
But they seem to pass me by and why I never know.
I know they want to take me, but when they see I'm Blind,
They always pick some other child and I am left behind.

Repeat Chorus>>>

No mommy's arms to hold me and soothe me when I cry,
Sometimes I feel so lonely, I wish that I could die.
I'll walk the street of heaven where all the blind can see,
Then I'll be like other kids, There'll be a place for me.

Repeat Chorus>>>
recorded 1949


18 Nov 02 - 01:31 PM (#829123)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: Murray MacLeod

Bill, are you sure about these chords ? The melody as I remember it would have radically different chords, especially on the verse.

My recollection is that the chords go as follows:

As [D] I was slowly passing [D7] by an [G] orphan's home one day,
I [D] thought I'd stop a [Bm] little while just to [E7] watch the children [A7] play.
A[D]lone, a boy was [D7] standing, and [G] when I asked him why,
He [D] turned with eyes that [G]could not see and [A7]this was his re-[D] ply.

I have to say that my recollection is from the singing of the Alexander Brothers, a Scottish tartan-clad duo who may well have altered the tune from what Hank Snow wrote.

Unfortunately my sound card is down and I can't take advantage of Masato's link.

Murray


19 Nov 02 - 09:55 AM (#829820)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: Roger the Skiffler

Lonnie's version always brings a lump to the throat, sentimental tho'it is, nearly as bad as "Old Shep".
RtS
(Old Softie)


19 Nov 02 - 10:04 AM (#829826)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: greg stephens

After prolonged reflection caused by playing innumerable recordings after Lonnie's death I became convinced that Nobodys Child was his best ever recording.


19 Nov 02 - 10:12 AM (#829834)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy

listening to Lonnie is what prompted the thread


19 Nov 02 - 07:32 PM (#830247)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: Snuffy

I've only ever heard the Alexander Brothers version. Made me want to cry.

WassaiL! V


20 Nov 02 - 06:36 AM (#830547)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: GUEST,MC Fat

Anybody got the Billy Connolly parody ?


21 Nov 02 - 03:49 AM (#831393)
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Nobody's Child
From: GUEST,Tom Hamilton

This will show what kind of a mum and dad I've got.

That was the first song that I was ever taught, and for years I didn't know what it meant until later on in Life.