"No One Knows My Name" as written by Gillian Howard Welch and David Todd Rawlings....
Oh my mother was just a girl, seventeen
Oh my mother was just a girl, seventeen
And my dad was passin' through doing things a man will do
Oh my mother was just a girl, seventeen

It's a wonder that I'm in this world at all
It's a wonder that I'm in this world at all
And I have a life to claim though I really don't know my name
It's a wonder that I'm in this world at all

Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name
Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name
But it's written up in the sky and I'll see it by and by
Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name

Well I had a good mother and dad just the same
Well I had a good mother and dad just the same
And they took me to their breast and they surely stood the test
Well I had a good mother and dad just the same

Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name
Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name
Just another baby born to a girl lost and lorn
Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name

Now and then there's a lonesome thought in my mind
Now and then there's a lonesome thought in my mind
And on the crowded street I see a strangers face that looks like me
Now and then there's a lonesome thought in my mind

Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name
Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name
But I'll see it by and by cause it's written up in the sky
Ain't one soul in the whole world knows my name


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"No One Knows My Name" as written by Gillian Howard Welch David Todd Rawlings

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    General CommentI heard Gillian play this song live last night when she opened for Bright Eyes, and my initial reaction was that it was about adoption. Her mother being just a girl of seventeen, gets pregnant accidentally by a man just passing through town. It's a wonder that she's in this world at all because it was such a chance meeting between her biological parents, and then her mother actually deciding to go through with the pregnancy and everything...I don't know, that's the feeling I get from it. Espeically "And a crowded street I see/A stranger's face that looks like me." Being adopted sometimes I feel the same way as the words in this song. I love her voice and music...
    adamanteveon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe fourth verse supports that contention.
    tweedwolfscreamon June 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs does the fact that Gillian was also adopted herself.
    smallwonderroboton October 05, 2007   Link

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