I am an orphan on God's highway
But I'll share my troubles if you go my way
I have no mother no father
No sister no brother
I am an orphan girl

I have had friendships pure and golden
But the ties of kinship I have not known them
I know no mother no father
No sister no brother
I am an orphan girl

But when He calls me I will be able
To meet my family at God's table
I'll meet my mother my father
My sister my brother
No more orphan girl

Blessed Savior make me willing
And walk beside me until I'm with them
Be my mother my father
My sister my brother
I am an orphan girl

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Orphan Girl Lyrics as written by Gillian Howard Welch

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    General CommentSimple song really.

    Verse 1: she's an orphan with no family (or could be that she's letting her worldly family go, for a fully surrendered relationship with God)

    Verse 2: She has friendships, but no family

    Verse 3: When she died and goes to heaven she'll meet her (presumably dead) family. Or perhaps her spiritual family

    Verse 4: She asks God that as long as she walks the earth, could he be her family.
    iyatonion September 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOf course one must consider that Gillian Welch is technically an orphan herself -- raised by foster parents after her biological mother gave her up. Welch does not know her blood parents.
    LuckyTownon November 07, 2013   Link

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