Sometimes only a true-blue dismal, downcast and downer of a song will do. For such times, we present the exceptional sentimental song Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares as sung by Will Oakland.
When it comes to despair and loneliness, there is perhaps no better musical catharsis than this month's selection, sung by the incomparable Will Oakland.
One of the great but lesser-known sentimental songs,
"Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares" like many of this period,
reflected tensions brought about by the growing industrialization
and urbanization of
Will Oakland's countertenor voice (singing between the tenor and soprano ranges)
and his stylistic delivery were perfect for sentimental songs,
that, combined with Charles Harris' (a.k.a. the "King of the tear-jerkers") skillful songwriting,
produced this sublime early recording of Harris' emotional
To hear an excerpt
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Sheet music to Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares (1909) as sung in this recording:
Courtesy of the YorkSpace Institutional Repository.
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