An American slave song, first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States', a collection of African American music, which was published in 1867, four years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two years after the end of the American Civil War. It was the first collection of spirituals to be published (and, in fact, the first published collection of African-American music of any kind). The collectors of the songs were abolitionists William Francis Allen, Lucy McKim Garrison, and Charles Pickard Ware.
Some versions of the song replace the line 'nobody knows my sorrow' with 'nobody knows but Jesus'.
Several artists have recorded it, including:
When I read, on Wikipedia, that "In the Wee Sing film Wee Sing in the Big Rock Candy Mountains, the song is sung by Little Bunny Foo Foo to express his sorrow after he is turned into a goon by the Good Fairy for repeatedly bopping the Meecy Mice", it seemed only right to find a copy for y'all;. It starts at 4:20, but I should, perhaps, warn you that The Wee Sing make Barney the Dinosaur look like Public Enemy, so anyone diabetic might want to steer clear.
Sunday 26 November
North Bristol Arts Trail, St Michael & All Angels Church, Gloucester Rd, BS7 8NT. 4.15-5.45
Saturday 9 December
Charity Carol Singing, Clifton Down Shopping Centre, 3 p.m. -4 p.m.
Monday 11 December
Radio Bristol / Bristol Post Carol Concert (Lord Mayor's appeal), Colston Hall, 7.00 p.m.
Saturday 16 December
A Gurt Noel (our official do), St Albans Church, afternoon rehearsals, concert at 7.30 p.m.
Friday 22 December
Carol Singing, Bristol Heart Institute, BRI, 12.30-1.30 pm
25 February 2018
Innovation 216, St Georges (Morning)
28 February and 1 March 2018
The Hall on the Hill, St Georges
3 March 2018
CoMA, The Festival of Contemporary Music for All
7 July 2018
Summer Spectaular featuring WWI Suite, St Georges