#00217
Nobody's Child (Harry Hibbs) videos
#1411: YouTube video by quickaccent2006 ©2010
~ Used with permission ~

As I was slowly passing an orphans' home one day,
I 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 mama's kisses or no daddy's smiles...
Nobody wants me... I'm nobody's child...

Some people come for children and take them for their own,
But they just seem to pass me by, and I am left alone;
Sure, 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.

I'm nobody's child... I'm nobody's child...
I'm like a flower, sure just growing wild...
No mama's kisses or no daddy's smiles...
Nobody wants me... I'm nobody's child...

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

I'm nobody's child... I'm nobody's child...
I'm just a flower, just growing wild...
No mama's kisses or no daddy's smiles...
Nobody wants me... I'm nobody's child...

####.... Cy Coben and Mel Foree, 1949; ©1958 Delmore Music ....####
The video above features a recording by Harry Hibbs (The Incredible Harry Hibbs, trk#3, 1969, Arc Sound Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, produced by Ray Kent and recorded at Bay Studios, Toronto). In 2002 a digitally remastered CD was released by Unidisc Studios, Montreal, by Robert Matichak.

See more songs by Harry Hibbs.

A variant was collected in 1951 from Francis Dunphy of Tors Cove, NL, and published in MacEdward Leach And The Songs Of Atlantic Canada © 2004 Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA).

The video below features an excellent variant by Tony Archibald from Port St Mary on the Isle of Man.


#784: YouTube video by threelegsoman ©2009
~ Used with permission ~

line

Index Page
GEST Songs Of Newfoundland And Labrador



line

~ Copyright Info ~

~ Privacy Policy ~

Confirm Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Here