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Nobody's Child

Sep 18 2019
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Nobody's Child

By: Norma B.

When we re-launched The Contributor newspaper in November 2018, our executive director’s husband John played a very fitting song on his guitar. It was, “Here Comes The Sun” by The Beatles. It was fitting because the lyrics made several key points applicable to what was happening with the paper at that time. Here are just a few examples:

This song says, “It feels like years since [we’ve] been here.” Even though the paper was only out of print for 7 months, it did feel like years. 

The song also speaks of “smiles returning to the faces,” and that was definitely true that day!

Next it says, “Here Comes the Sun—It’s alright.” For the first time in a long time it felt like it just might actually be true!

After the meeting I told John how much I enjoyed his performance and how much it reminded me of some of the happier me at times in my childhood. (There were many jam sessions around a kitchen table when I was a kid.)

I even offered him suggestions on future performances, which he seemed to take in stride.  He thanked me and said something to the effect of, he couldn’t go wrong because it was The Beatles, and everybody loves The Beatles. Technically, I guess he was right. I mean everybody does generally love The Beatles—just not me.

I hesitated a bit and finally said, “My family was always more Elvis fans.”

Afterward I found myself wondering why I have such an aversion to them when I do love all kinds of music and The Beatles are iconic!

Fast forward a few days and I was awakened from sleep by a memory of my mom teaching me to sing a song titled, “Nobody’s Child” when I was 3 or 4 years old. I’ve always found the lyrics to be somewhat depressing. To give you an idea, here’s the chorus:

 

I’m nobody’s child

I’m nobody’s child

Just like the flowers 

I’m growing wild

No daddy’s kisses 

And no mummy’s smile

Nobody wants me

I’m nobody’s child

(At least that’s how she taught me to sing it.) It’s definitely not for the faint of heart! The lyrics don’t improve much throughout the song, but my mom could relate to it somehow. I could tell by her reaction as we sang it together.

Sadly, I could relate to the song as well. I have always felt unwanted and unloved especially by those who are supposed to take the lead in this regard.

Since I couldn’t sleep that night when I woke up with this song memory, I decided to look up who sang the song and lo and behold it was The Beatles! I guess that explains a lot. (Interestingly I couldn’t find a single recording of just them singing that song. Maybe they realized it’s kind of a downer compared to their more upbeat tunes.)

Now, thanks to John, I have a happier memory to associate with music by The Beatles. John’s joy and enthusiasm definitely rubbed off on me. I found myself singing along and having a good time that day along with everyone else.

Just as the song says, “Here comes the sun—it’s all right.” And indeed it is or at least it will be.

Now every time I hear a Beatles song I smile and think of John.

I’ve come a long way since then. I may have grown up feeling like “nobody’s child,” but make no mistake, I am the queen of OHB and Central Pike—all that’s missing is my tiara! 


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