(Mama may have, Papa may have)
(But God bless the child that's got his own)

Them that's got shall get
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Yes, the strong gets more
While the weak ones fade
Empty pockets don't ever make the grade
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

Money, you've got lots of friends
Crowding round the door
When you're gone and spending ends
They don't come no more
Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don't take too much
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that's got his own
That's got his own

(God bless the child, the child that's got his own)


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God Bless the Child Lyrics as written by Billie Holiday Arthur Herzog

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    Beautiful song, beautiful perspective.

    "Money, you’ve got lots of friends Crowding round the door When you’re gone, spending ends They don’t come no more"

    *sigh

    LemonBlueon March 09, 2005   Link
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    True.

    bear_hug20on September 17, 2008   Link
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    *sigh

    bear_hug20on September 17, 2008   Link
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    them thats got shall get them thats not, shall lose

    god i love old skool swing. so true.

    that_sullen_girlon August 29, 2009   Link
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    I’ve only recently paid close attention to the lyrics, seems to me this song is about money, on the surface, but it’s really about self-love/having a “purpose” other than making dough. The artistically inclined, the goal-oriented, those with a...reason for being that excludes the Rat Race?

    A second-cousin to the latter-day “The Greatest Love Of All”? Not EXACTLY the same subject matter, but close.

    force263on December 01, 2018   Link

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