Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Sunday Sounds – God Bless The Child

 

Most people will have heard or at least know of the definitive version of this song as recorded by the legendary Billie Holiday.

Fewer will have heard this version recorded by Blood Sweat & Tears and released on their self titled 1968 album.

“God Bless The Child” – Blood Sweat & Tears

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, 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 worry ’bout nothin’
Cause he’s got his own

God Bless the Child” is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939, first recorded on May 9, 1941 under the Okeh label.

Holiday’s version of the song was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in (1976). It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To buy the music of Blood Sweat & Tears click HERE

To buy the music of Billie Holiday click HERE

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May 23, 2010 - Posted by | Blues, Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | ,

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