Motherless Children, Reverend Gary Davis

                                                           Transcribed from album: A Little More Faith


Now motherless child seen a mighty hard time when mother gone, oh Lord
Motherless child sees a mighty hard time when mother’s gone, oh Lord she’s gone
She don’t have nowhere to go on the walk from door to door
Motherless child sure do have it hard, God knows when mama’s gone. Oh Lord she’s gone.

Nobody won’t do like that woman will do you, God knows, when mama gone, Oh Lord
Nobody won’t do like that woman will do you, oh when mama’s gone, wooo Lord, she’s gone
They’ll stand around talkin’ bout’ what you’ll do, soon as that woman gone, they’ll all turn their back on you
Motherless child sure do have it hard, God knows, when mama gone, oh Lord, my Lord, she’s gone.

Your wife won’t do like that mother will do you (she have another man on her mind!) when mama’s gone, oh Lord she’s gone
Your wife won’t treat you like that woman will treat you time when mama gone, wooo Lord, Lord she’s gone
Your wife’ll get tired of you won’t want you round here no more but mother won’t turn her child from her door
Ohh motherless child sure do see it hard, God knows, when mama’s gone, oh Lord, when she is gone.

Father won’t do like that mother would treat you, God knows when mama gone, oh Lord she’s gone
Father won’t treat you like that mother would treat you, oh when mother gone, oh Lord she’s gone
He may do the very best he can woah and there is something that old man can’t understand
Woah motherless child sure do see it hard, God knows when mama gone, oh Lord she is gone.

God said, he’d be a mother for the child, God knows when mother’s gone, oh Lord she’s gone
God said, he’d be a mother for the child, oh when mother’s gone, oh Lord she’s gone
God said, every prayin’ doin’ right you can walk with him in white
Oh motherless child sure do see it hard, God knows when mama’s gone, oh Lord she’s gone

Motherless child sure do see it hard, oh mama gone, oh Lord my mama’s gone
(Motherless) child sure do see it hard, oh when mama gone, oh Lord when mama gone
I don’t have nowhere to go, oh to walk from door to door
Oh motherless child sure do have it hard, God knows when mama’s gone…

When mother’s gone, when mother’s gone, when mother’s gone, when mother’s gone, when mother’s gone.


Sinds 1980 ben ik zelf een moederloos kind, dat is al veel meer dan de helft van mijn Leven.