This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions
June 24th, 1961
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“Nobody’s Child” is a song written by Cy Coben and Mel Foree. It was first recorded by Hank Snow in 1949 and it became one of his standards, although it did not chart for him. The song has been covered a number of times in the UK; it was on Lonnie Donegan’s first album in 1956 (which went to No. 2 in the UK Albums Chart), it was covered by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers (The Beatles) in 1961 in Hamburg, and in 1969 Karen Young took the song to No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart and used it as the title track on her album. In 1969, Hank Williams Jr. did a version of it that made it to No. 46 on the US Country chart. The Traveling Wilburys’ 1990 version made it to No. 44 on the UK chart.
The song lyrics are about an orphan whom no one wants to adopt because he is blind:
I’m nobody’s child, I’m nobody’s child
Just like a flower I’m growing wild
No mommy’s kisses and no daddy’s smile
Nobody wants me, I’m nobody’s child
Release details for The Beatles’ cover
The Traveling Wilburys version of “Nobody’s Child” was the first track on the benefit album Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal, released on July 24, 1990. Wilbury member George Harrison had also appeared on the 1961 Beatles/Tony Sheridan version. Other members of the Traveling Wilburys on this track were Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty.
Other cover versions
Last updated on April 25, 2020
3:55 • Studio version
Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.