“Orphan's Lament (Two Little Children, Left Jim and I Alone)”


"Two little children, a boy and a girl, Sat by the old church door." The ragged, dirty children tell of their poverty: "Papa was lost out on sea long ago... Mama's in heaven, angels took her away." They are too young to work. They die before morning

Cross references


  • Betty Garland, "Two Little Orphans (or Left Jim and I Alone)" (on BGarland01)
  • Ernest V. Stoneman and the Dixie Mountaineers, "Two Little Orphans -- Our Mama's In Heaven" (Edison 51935, 1927) (CYL: Edison [BA] 5338, 1927); "Two Little Orphans" (OKeh, unissued, 1927); Ernest V. Stoneman and His Blue Ridge Cornshuckers, "The Two Little Orphans" (Victor 21648)
  • Arthur Tanner, "Two Little Children" (Columbia 15180-D, 1927)


  1. BrownII 150, "Two Little Children" (1 text plus mention of 3 more)
  2. Cambiaire, p. 32, "Two Little Children" (1 text)
  3. MHenry-Appalachians, pp. 126-127, "Two Little Orphans" (1 text)
  5. Roud #458
  6. BI, BrII150


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1923 (Brown)
Keywords: orphan death
Found in: US(Ap,SE)