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Not to be confused with the other trad-folk staple 'Motherless Children', Ora Cogan's version of '(Sometimes I Feel Like A) Motherless Child' is another track that arrived fully formed, lifted wholesale from her 2007 album Tatter. We ummed and ahhed about re-recording the song for Beautiful Star but ended up using the same take, which features Trish Klein and Frazey Ford of The Be Good Tanyas on backing vocals and Ora's own beautifully bowed and plucked violin. Ora has a knack of somehow compressing a century of personal anguish and hard labour into each reedy syllable, giving the song a palpable depth and a resonance that lasts long after it's finished.

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from Beautiful Star: The Songs Of Odetta, track released November 30, 2009
Ora Cogan – vocals, violin
Mark Beaty, Frazey Ford, Trish Klein and John Raham – backing vocals

Arranged by Ora Cogan. Recorded by Robert Wilson and Mike Tulley at the Myer Horowitz Theater in Edmonton, BC, Canada. Appears on Tatter (P) and (C) 2007 Ora Cogan.

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