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Motherless Children is a blues standard that has been recorded by innumerable artists, including the Carter Family in 1929. It is not clear who wrote the song.

When Rosanne Cash was 18 years old, her famous father Johnny Cash gave her a list of what he deemed the '100 Essential Country Songs'. One of the songs on the list was Motherless Children. This, and other songs from the list, appear on Rosanne's album appropriately called 'The List'.

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Motherless children have a hard time
When the mother is gone
Motherless children have a hard time
When the mother is gone
Motherless children have a…

Rosanne Cash - Motherless Children Lyrics

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