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Billie Holiday — God Bless The Child
Album: Lady Sings The Blues
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Released: 1956
Length: 3:57
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Them that's got shall have
Them that's not shall lose
So the Bible says 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 get smart
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
They're crowding around your door
But when you're gone and spending ends
They don't come no more
Rich relations give crusts 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

Money you've got lots of friends
They're crowding around your door
But when you're gone and spending ends
They don't come no more
Rich relations give crusts 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

Here just don't worry about nothing cause he's got his own
Yes, he's got his own
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So good...Sonny Chillingworth ---> Billie Holiday.  Thanks, Bill and Rebecca!
I like this song, and love Ms Holliday's voice and phrasing.  What I don't get are the lyrics.

What does it mean, " ... a child that's got his own ... "?  If it means a child that has his own money ... I don't understand how that happens outside of Hollywood kid stardom.

For that matter, "Yes, the strong get smart "... well, I've known a lot of strong, but dumb, folks that haven't wised up during the 40 years they've been my friends.  Am I missing the interpretation there, too?
 gregskrtic wrote:
 no. no. no.

    

 
Yep, yep, yep.

    
I can only hear David Sedaris now,
whenever Billie comes on
Variety - the stuff of life.  Billie is always a welcome listen
 Shaker wrote:
God bless Radio Paradise!
Thank you, you two.{#Heartkiss}

 
and God bless Billie
God bless Radio Paradise!
Thank you, you two.{#Heartkiss}
 
Highlowsel wrote:
Indeed.  I mean no disrespect to Lady Billie but I've always kind'a liked, better, BST's version of this.  Or maybe it's the version I heard first way back when.  Regardless, a great tune with a ton of relevance (still) today.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen


 bstevens1951 wrote: 

Please don't ever confuse Billie Holiday with David Clayton Thomas & Blood, Sweat and Tears.
 
I don't think he was "confusing" them at all; it seems like he was just comparing the two versions of this song.  Still, that BS&T version is pretty weak IMO.
One of the best musicians at all time for me. Love this wonderful lady!! 

Can't go wrong with Billie at any time of the day and this just came on as I opened a bottle of pre-dinner red wine. 
Please don't ever confuse Billie Holiday with David Clayton Thomas & Blood, Sweat and Tears.
 

Highlowsel wrote:

Indeed.  I mean no disrespect to Lady Billie but I've always kind'a liked, better, BST's version of this.  Or maybe it's the version I heard first way back when.  Regardless, a great tune with a ton of relevance (still) today.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen

 


Is it Billie... or is it David Sedaris?
 boontonite wrote:
This is great, as is the Blood, Sweat & Tears version from the 70's

 
Indeed.  I mean no disrespect to Lady Billie but I've always kind'a liked, better, BST's version of this.  Or maybe it's the version I heard first way back when.  Regardless, a great tune with a ton of relevance (still) today.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen


God Bless Billie!
 TerryS wrote:

Perhaps you got it all backwards, it may be time to kiss your elbow.

 
Or maybe I didn't, and you already have.


 ODAD wrote:
OK, I got it : this is the original, she wrote it. OK.
It still sounds to me me like someone's aged aunt is
singing along to BS&T on the radio.
 

 
Perhaps you got it all backwards, it may be time to kiss your elbow.
OK, I got it : this is the original, she wrote it. OK.
It still sounds to me me like someone's aged aunt is
singing along to BS&T on the radio.
 
Luckily some words are timeless.
This is great, as is the Blood, Sweat & Tears version from the 70's
 onerb wrote:

Thanks for the insight. 

 
{#Cheers} Cheers
 onerb wrote:
What the heck is the message here? Shouldn't God be blessing the child who doesn't have his own?

 
Be careful: your logic could lead to the kids moving back in!
What the heck is the message here? Shouldn't God be blessing the child who doesn't have his own?
Now ya talkin, Brotha!

This is where Sinatra learned "phrasing"
and her work with Prez? No words. 
The version by Blood, Sweat and Tears is also grand.
 no. no. no.

{#No}  {#No}  {#No}
Sublime
 hayduke2 wrote:
I was fascinated by Ms. Holliday's voice back when I worked in an old pub/music hall, my first job, just a 16 yr old repairing busted chairs from each nights' rowdy sing along stomps, the day time barkeep played her on the jukebox and man those songs sunk deep into my growing channels of memory, still great to recall... 

 
Great image. Sounds like the perfect time for a song like this.
 daveesh wrote:
my mom saw billie holiday perform and, while she loved it, she said billie "seemed like she was on some sort of trip."

 
Well....in reading her bio it's apparent the lady's whole life was one big trip.  And not an entirely pleasant one, either.  Depending on Holiday's age when your Mother saw her I expect she most probably appeared a bit....battered.....by her long (life's) road of experiences.. If there's any truth to a Heaven she surely was an Angel trying in her fashion to get the hell back to it.....as I'd like to think we're all trying to do, each in our own fashion....

Highlow
American Net'Zen


music<3


Most familiarly performed by Blood, Sweat and Tears. Written by my great grandfather, Arthur Herzog.
Awful!
 daveesh wrote:
my mom saw billie holiday perform and, while she loved it, she said billie "seemed like she was on some sort of trip."

 

You think?{#Lol}
Bless that voice
Billie Holiday — God Bless The Child
On a ROLL. Love Billie Holiday, although my favorite version of this song is by Ray Charles. As Highlowsel said, BS&Ts version also good.
my mom saw billie holiday perform and, while she loved it, she said billie "seemed like she was on some sort of trip."
(My Roku player is about an hour behind the times, apparently, so this is just playing now for me.)

WOW, what a great sound. I am really glad to hear this in your rotation, Bill and Rebecca. Top of the charts for me! 
Inimitable? I think not...

https://www.openculture.com/2013/10/david-sedaris-sings-the-oscar-mayer-theme-song-in-the-voice-of-billie-holiday.html

{#Eek}
 

skindy wrote:
Oh, that classic, inimitable voice... {#Meditate}

 


Love this..also like the old Blood Sweat and Tears rendition, too.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6bFqam9yas
I was fascinated by Ms. Holliday's voice back when I worked in an old pub/music hall, my first job, just a 16 yr old repairing busted chairs from each nights' rowdy sing along stomps, the day time barkeep played her on the jukebox and man those songs sunk deep into my growing channels of memory, still great to recall... 
Wonderful.  And Madeleine Peyroux is just fine on her own.

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches believes this song is good for the ears...
by god when she was good she was GOOD!. Madelaine Peroux et al - back to school......
aaaaahhhhh !!!!! billie{#Dance}{#Sunny}
Surprised to hear this! Great voice! 
Oh, that classic, inimitable voice... {#Meditate}