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Motherless Child

By Gwyneth W. Walker

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SATB choir unaccompanied - Late Intermediate
Composed by Gwyneth W. Walker (1947-). Arranged by Gwyneth W. Walker. Spirituals. 21st Century. Choral score. E.C. Schirmer Publishing #5131. Published by E.C. Schirmer Publishing (EC.5131).

Item Number: EC.5131

ISBN 600313451317. Text: African-American Spiritual.

Motherless Child" is derived, in part, from the African-American spiritual "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child." The original song dates back to the era of slavery when it was common practice to sell children of slaves away from their parents. In this new adaptation, the theme of separation or alienation (away from home, apart from one's community is viewed as universal and eternal. Everyone at some time feels like a "motherless child." But as one expresses these feelings, one realizes a common bond with humanity. And one is no longer alone. Thus a more hopeful refrain is woven into the lyrics of the spiritual:"Hold on. Hold on, We are together. And we are one.

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