John Legend - Motherless Child Lyrics




[PIANO]
WHOOAOO

Sometime I feel
Like a motherless child
Sometimes I feel
Like a motherless child
And sometimes I feel
Like a motherless child
A long...long way...from home

WHOOAOO

And sometimes I feel
Like I'm almost gone
Sometimes I feel
Like I'm almost gone
Sometimes I feel
Like I'm all alone
A long...a long way...from home

WHOOAOO, WHOOAOO, WHOOAOO
C'mon, C'mon

Who’s got a shoulder when I need to cry
I feel restless and I don't know why
Cry for help, but still feel alone
Like a motherless child along way from home
Lord I'm lost I can't find my way
I'm dealing with the struggles in my day to day
My soul is weak and I wanna be strong
I try to run away but I've been running too long

I've been running too long
I've been running too long
I've been running too long
Like a motherless child
Like a motherless child
Like a motherless child
WHOOAOO Like a motherless child
WHOO Like a motherless child
WHOO Like a motherless child
Like a motherless child...





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  1. Azat Badalyan

    My mother left me when I was 1 years old. This song hits home.

  2. Stephie Pahlavi Zan

    What an incredible song!

    Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
    Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
    Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
    A long way from home, a long way from home
    Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
    Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
    Sometimes I feel like I'm almost done
    And a long, long way from home, a long way from home
    True believer
    True believer
    A long, long way from home
    A long, long way from home

  3. Gwen Curry

    Loss of Mother, age 40. Death of relationship, that is .OK? Loss of Father/suicide, me age 3..........affects me more the I live. Selah

  4. Arnesha Jackson

    Been singing and dancing to this song since i was 12 forgot about it until well

  5. Crystal Myers

    🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  6. Ixtepo Cadafau

    this was the first time I heard this guy, when I was watching this show. Been a fan ever since.

  7. And Now Ladies & Gentlemen Mister Carlton

    I'm a Motherless Child
    I was A Bad Boy a Real Wild
    Thinking and Missing you Daily Michelle & Grandma Mattie. 💔💯

  8. Stergios T.

    You should also check this version with a fantastic fEmale voice

    https://youtu.be/-9NmBm1AmUo

  9. Simeko Revador

    Yes https://sellfy.com/p/d0S3/

  10. J.D. Lechliter

    I lost my mother 24 days before my first birthday....I feel like a motherless child every fuckin day! I guess I earned that!

  11. Marsu Karhu

    I just love his voice...

  12. Poptart Art

    It hurts if your motherless child and your mother is still alive.

  13. F Musa

    great performance.. straight from the soul

  14. Lucky Strike

    Must be one of the most beautiful songs ever written. Flaweless executed.

  15. Shan Mack

    2019 Still my song ..

  16. Eric Houston

    Daymn that piano sounds nasty!

  17. 3bIxn

    My mom is the angel for my family she cooks for me, buys clothes, birthday things cake all of those days.

  18. 3bIxn

    My school is performencing the song omg!!

  19. DJ Simon

    Very sad song im crying😭😓💦💓

  20. liz blackford

    I’m 65 and even though my mum and dad died 40 years ago I still miss them dearly.

  21. DM SR

    damn this is good, so good, almost unprecedentedly good. Go listen to Prince's version. You're welcome.

  22. Joseph Sellers

    Real life song right here John killed this song! Yes!

  23. Michael Washington

    So I just heard this rendition last year and I’m hooked

  24. Orsen Carte

    For Elton John

  25. BLACK.LIKE. ME

    My mother fell asleep in the Lord in 2015, from brain cancer. I get a bit upset that she left us... is it bad that I feel that way?
    God, how I love her! She had all the answers... her shoulders were strong for her 6 children and 16 grandchildren. 😢

  26. Chris Corman

    Blind Willie Johnson !!

  27. Amanda Jane Alonge

    dad died when i was 2, mum when i was 8, grandpa i never met alive and grandma 3 days ago. mine is beyond motherless, hrt wrecking song.

  28. Burrito Tlaloco

    Sometime I feel
    Like a motherless child
    Sometimes I feel
    Like a motherless child
    And sometimes I feel
    Like a motherless child
    A long...long way...from home

    Whooaoo

    And Sometimes I feel
    Like I'm almost gone
    Sometimes I feel whooaoo
    Like I'm almost gone
    Sometimes I feel yeahehe
    Like I'm all alone
    A long...a looong wayee from home

    C'mon, c'mon
    Who's got a shoulder when I need to cry
    I feel restless and I don't know why
    Cry for help, but still feel alone
    Like A motherless child along way from home
    Lord I'm lost I can't find my way
    I'm dealin' with the struggles in my day to day
    My soul is weak and I wanna be strong
    I try to run away but I've been running to long

    I've been running to long...
    I've been running to long

    Heeyy

    Who's got a shoulder when I need to cry
    I feel restless and I don't know why
    Cry for help, but I still feel alone
    Like a motherless child along way from home
    Lord I'm lost I can't find my way
    I'm dealin' with the struggles in my day to day
    My soul is weak and I wanna be strong
    I try to run away but I've been running to long

    I've been running to long...
    I've been running to long
    Like a motherless child (X4)
    So lost and so long
    Like a motherless child

  29. Lovorka

    no family here, just feeling numb

  30. Rene Barney

    Miss you mom. Your son.

  31. Marcus Rozier Sr.

    TRULY UNDERSTAND THIS SONG TO THE FULLEST LOST MY ♕ LAST YEAR JUNE 6, 2017

  32. J Jones

    I went to foster care as a child. My first child was born this Valentine's Day and 8 days later im writing this. Smh. Life is crazy. Help me Lord

  33. The IronHorse

    Ive NEVER known the woman that gave birth to me so I feel this song from that aspect very deeply. I ALSO feel this song from the aspect of an Africa being a long way from home. Give it a listen from that perspective.

  34. Ms. uncensored

    Every word of this song pertains to me. I lost my mother 16 years ago and I feel every ounce so what are you saying.... Every emotion.
    Dealing with the struggle on the day to day....cry for help... lost and alone.... etc.

  35. Walter Bray

    being lost in the world makes you feel alone. rest in peace Mom. I love you

  36. Chrissy Arlena

    motherless and fatherless child here biggest issue for me to tackle

  37. TaeTae

    LYRICS!

    WHOOAOO

    Sometime I feel
    Like a motherless child
    Sometimes I feel
    Like a motherless child
    And sometimes I feel
    Like a motherless child
    A long...long way...from home

    WHOOAOO

    And sometimes I feel
    Like I'm almost gone
    Sometimes I feel
    Like I'm almost gone
    Sometimes I feel
    Like I'm all alone
    A long...a long way...from home

    WHOOAOO, WHOOAOO, WHOOAOO
    C'mon, C'mon

    Who’s got a shoulder when I need to cry
    I feel restless and I don't know why
    Cry for help, but still feel alone
    Like a motherless child along way from home
    Lord I'm lost I can't find my way
    I'm dealing with the struggles in my day to day
    My soul is weak and I wanna be strong
    I try to run away but I've been running too long

    I've been running too long
    I've been running too long
    I've been running too long
    Like a motherless child 
    Like a motherless child 
    Like a motherless child 
    WHOOAOO Like a motherless child 
    WHOO Like a motherless child 
    WHOO Like a motherless child 
    Like a motherless child...

  38. Kirah Spencer

    There is hope, I promise... sometimes it’s better to be alone.

  39. Mary Ann Fiebelkorn

    lost my momma a year ago. miss her every day.

  40. Denise Webb-pillows

    I (Donelle D. Webb Class of "2003") ambvery appreciative of songs like this thanks to Miss. Michelle McGee at David W. Carter Gospel and All city Choir

  41. Shanice Wilson

    This song heals a broken piece of me.....

  42. Henry Danger is the best

    I will song this song for my school choir class but not like that like choir

  43. The IronHorse

    He killed this! Mahalia Jackson and Nina Simone I know are proud. This dropped like early 2000's. I can't find this CD in my collection anymore.

  44. Beauti Amunet

    My mother is alive.
    Yes shes my birth Mother and I can relate to every last word 😢😢😢

  45. videomaster5437

    I have a mother. The song is just powerful and soulful

  46. Casey Johnsom

    at least y'all know y'all momma loves y'all my whole family hate me n I'm only 17

    BIGCITY MANHATTAN

    Casey Johnsom I love you my dude

  47. Kenyatta Victor

    I feel like that an have mom

  48. kiki dee

    Touching (right 2 the soul), omg. God I so appreciate all music!

  49. Hak n' S.E.K

    he killed this sublime version,,shame on you bitch legend

  50. Georgie

    i sang this at uil

  51. Nastia

    Is he really a pianist? He hits so heavy on low notes.

  52. Londoniify

    I dont think I have ever listened to this song without tears falling down my cheeks. I always listen to it when I am on my own, never sharing it with anyone. It is such a personal song.

  53. Marcia Taylor

    i love john

  54. lani land

    This is a great song we sung thos at school for the black history program. This boy named Romon and I had a duet when he sing who got a shoulder that part and we. pth cried. At the end everybody kept saying yall sound good together

  55. Leslie Taylor

    powerful song with strong religious and uplifting message.  From the slave quarters to present day, the message still resonate today.

  56. knowledgeispower

    Great rendition of this timeless and powerful song.

  57. AgingAvocadoo

    when i hear this song im brought to tears.. i lost my mother at the age of 4, never had any memories of my mother.. i tear up at the mention of her name or mere photos of her, mere thought of her and i feel like an infant who cant control his emotions.. most people will never understand what its like... so many taken for granted.... she will be the most influential person i never met.

  58. Antonio Kalk

    84 people are crazy

  59. Tobyann Whitaker

    I'm singing this for my 8th grade choir solo

  60. James Cummins

    My mom left when I was a baby, although I would see her growing up, I never really knew her. When she died, I felt sad l never really understood her life or reasons for not being there when I was a kid.

  61. Barti Lovelace

    Such a piece of art

  62. Teresa Evans

    I believe I've felt like that since I was very young age 😇

  63. geronnymo kar

    SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE... HUMAN

  64. wolfflow

    Legendary song and legendary singer.

  65. lovejangie1

    Beautiful song! John Legend sounds great.

  66. Maria S

    Im a grown woman and still feel motherless; lost her 8 years ago to cancer; no one can replace; no one. No 'mum' caller ID on the phone anymore; no words of comfort that can only come from that unconditional love; my mum would say dont worry, even when she knew she was dying; I hurt and miss her to this very day but her memory keeps me strong.

    Theresa M

    Maria S I know that feeling 13 yrs later. I too called her mum They are with us.. always. hugs and understanding

    amber churchill

    Maria S I am a grown woman of 38 sick with brain cancer. I have no mother, father, siblings. But I know it will all b ok wen I kiss my children goodnite b4 bed. I'm very sorry for your loss! & my prayers will include u for the rest of my days, & beyond.

    Riccardo Muccardo

    I feel the same after 15 years. I think it's a pain that never passes. And I'm 53...

    Cathy DuPont

    @amber churchill How very selfless, Amber. God bless you, dear.

  67. j hummer

    allot of artists have covered this song......I must say John crushes it......(heard the live version?..John Stephens Live at SOB's)

    Antonio Kalk

    j hummer this is live

    j hummer

    yes...it is...I guess I meant to say the other live version on "Live at SOB's"

  68. jashone09

    how i feel at this very moment

  69. Marlon Morales

    Easily his most powerful song.

  70. Becky Madrid

    beautiful....however Prince tore and ripped this awesome song

    Sarah Potter

    Becky Madrid Prince's version is amazing!

    rambanita

    @Becky Madrid...so TRUE...John Sang it beautifully...but Prince tore his heart out and shredded ours along with it....~Prince is Prince ~ incomparable

  71. Sarah Conor

    magnifique

  72. Lia Bp

    <3 I love my mother

  73. Ronnie King

    Sometimes you can feel like a motherless child with a mother.

    Latanya Jackson

    Mane!!!!!!

    Latanya Jackson

    @heavenly isidore Your NOT alone

    Latanya Jackson

    @deekat3279 bless u baby

    deekat3279

    @Latanya Jackson thank you! Blessings to you, as well! 💜

    Latanya Jackson

    @deekat3279 ALWAYS

  74. reshondaful

    I feel like a motherless child as far being a foreigner. I am African American and I don't really identify with the motherland. I've never been there, and all I know as a mother land us America. however, they say I'm not a native. I'm not American, I'm African American. where is my motherland?

    Londoniify

    Africa. You know you can actually find out exactly where you are coming from by sending your dna to companies who establish which country from you are coming from.

    Remi Markable

    You can't let others choose who you are. You belong here in your heart than you are American.

  75. Jerome Garcia

    watched my mom murdered at two, a life long PTSD battle for almost 40 years, this song triggers emotions beyond any control.

    marithemusiclover

    Stay strong, Jerome!

    Jerome Garcia

    +aquariusmarika thanks I am

    shallom jay

    Jerome Garcia God bless you. I pray strength and peace over you. I hope you receive this

    BIGCITY MANHATTAN

    shallom jay I did

  76. tashell button

    my mom always been in my life but she jus hates me A LOT

    Soul Alchemy

    +tashell button So did mine when she was alive

    D Kovaria

    i can understand u...but it get better...

    Stacy Cobb

    Same here

    Victoria Springer

    a true motherless child

  77. Stergios T.

    listen to this great cover of this song by a talented girl.. https://youtu.be/-9NmBm1AmUo

    conbert83

    +Stergios Ts I just heard it .... wow !!!
    I'm really impressed by her !!!

    Stergios T.

    +conbert83 yess..i was also impressed when i recorded her!

    conbert83

    oh nice, you work with her? where do you guys live? my brother-in-law  is producer in atlanta :-) if you want, i bring you in contact. she's a big talent and her passion for music is perceptible in every note :-) 

    Stergios T.

    +conbert83 i know her and she just asked me to make this demo...i have a studio and iam also a producer :) yes ,we'd like to get in touch with him.my email is [email protected] you can also use it to find me at facebook(at facebook search)

    Stergios T.

    +conbert83 we live in Athens-Greece

  78. Yechan Song

    some good plantation blues

  79. Gregory Russell

    lost my mom to cancer when I was 9. this song explains how I feel and I'm 28 now. still weak I just can't get over it she was all I had. I'm lost.

    Soul Alchemy

    @David Muhammad You Sir are correct. To simply try and comprehend the fact is a serious struggle, much less deal with the impact.

    David Muhammad

    Wow my sister, you have hit the nail on the head. Dealing with impact and comprehending its reality is a doosey.

    I was taken from my mom when I was 10 yrs old, placed into foster care, we had no contact until I was 17, she was then murdered when I was 18, died in my arms in the hospital. Her killer got away with it...lots of pain there.

    Through the grace of YAH, The Most High I made it through college, got married and have a career and nice home, but I still feel emotionally destroyed most of the time....Thanks for you words of understanding. I really need that today...

    Shalom

    Soul Alchemy

    David Muhammad Indeed brother is reciprocated because knowing that others out here can relate to something that is such a incomprehensionable struggle is of help.

    Peace, Love and Light to you

    David Muhammad

    Sister, your words "incomprehensionable struggle" have a healing effect. That's what it seems like; a struggle that is as wide and deep as the ocean, yet as harsh as the desert.

    One day at a time...

    Latanya Jackson

    God will be your mother and father. Abandonment is no joke

  80. nicthequick Young

    this is great

  81. Brenda Purnell

    Like a Mother who have made mistakes and try to make it up to her children but they are hurting so bad until they don't understand.

    tia tia19

    Me right now

  82. RG Vinson II

    For all of us orphans

    David Muhammad

    well said

    Eddie Goynes Jr

    More Than People Think.

  83. Joy Watson

    Know the pain of this state and there is just no cure for it...that is unless you can find that unconditional love

  84. ab ba

    solo los negros pueden cantar este blues, pues fuimos los blancos que vendimos sus hijos cuando eran exclavos, arrancados de su tierra original

  85. Rebecca antholz

    Touches my soul.

  86. Marcia Cohen

    Brilliant version!  Love to sing along with John.

  87. Kiera Carter

    I love this song. And i love your voice!!!!!!!

  88. gabe

    great song

  89. Samarrah Jackson

    motherless child for 38 out of 40 years of my  life... I haven't ever been home, not really; but I will be one day soon and I will meet her. John Legend, it's as if he sang straight from my soul.

    J.D. Lechliter

    Sam I feel your pain like very very few can and its a confusing, empty, sometimes hopeless feeling funk that can engulf your spirit if you dont strive to resist. Ive been without my mom 59 out of 60 years. Today is Mothers Day which aids in compounding the ache of the mother n child reunion. But know this Sam I believe as do you that one day we are gonna get to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father n our earthly momma. Until that day Godspeed Sam!

  90. Tanika Coleman

    Tears of relevance. There is no worser feeling than that of a child who has yet the benefits of a mothers unconditional love. Although my biological didn't bother I thank God for my Great Aunt and Grandmother whose love I appreciate and so miss. Happy Mothers Day in Heaven to the both of them.

    Latanya Jackson

    Blessings babygirl😍😍😍

  91. boonestead

    he can sing  no doubt   but its a shame that he has 200000 more hits than Bessie griffins version

    boonestead

    @don1carter don't you love youtube  id never heard of her either   and probably never would have  im getting to hear a lot more obscure artists  tonnes of talent out there eh?

    don1carter

    Indeed.

    Vicky Sabato

    @daniel klodt truth and beauty are eternal. and when one carrier puts the light down, it is picked up and passed on by another. i doubt that Ms Griffin would be unhappy that the song continues. just sayin.

    boonestead

    ur right ive always loved covers ex sia california dreaming miley cyrus lilac wine tribute albums etc and am glad when new talent recognizes standards but the originals are usually best and my point was newbies are usually unaware that they are even covers

    boonestead

    i did and youre right good

  92. roytheryder

    great vocal. lots of ways of presenting this lyric. this one is less negro spiritual and more soul. definitely feels along way from home. middle bit works really well. he has been runnin' too long. lord he's lost and he wants to go home. amen 

  93. CubanStylez101

    This is easily his most powerful song! WOW!

  94. Britney Marcano

    the way he sings it he makes it soo passionate and full of angst 

  95. H1delta

    Such a great song but I wish the live version from the Haiti concert was still on YT. I think it was the best performance in the concert.

    ETLReyn

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbz1tz_john-legend-live-hope-for-haiti_music

    H1delta

    Much obliged.

    lovejangie1

    @EvanTLReynolds Thank you for the link!   I really enjoyed the live performance!  So much emotion and soul in that song!

    Londoniify

    this version is much more powerful than haiti performance

  96. justice

    love him!

  97. Yessenia Escobar

    Psalm 27:10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.
    Remind myself on a daily basis...ughh it can get hard but if the word indicates then we should trust in it.

    Joseph Molluso

    you make me feel like a bird up in the sky yessina,closer to home!

    D Kovaria

    yes he does...

    Casey Johnsom

    Yessenia Escobar preach it

    David Williams

    I love this song

    Eddie Goynes Jr

    Because It's TRUE!!!!! Believe Me I KNow.