"God Bless the Child" as written by and Arthur Herzog Jr. Billie Holiday....
Them that's got shall have
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, 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

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

He just don't worry 'bout nothin'
'Cause he's got his own


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

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    General CommentBeautiful 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 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTrue.
    bear_hug20on September 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment*sigh
    bear_hug20on September 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthem 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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    General CommentI’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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