God Bless The Child That’s Got His Own

Billie Holiday. God bless the child that's got his ownBillie Holiday was not only the first artist to record this song, but she was one of the writers of the song as well. Just like the song “Without A Song,” “God Bless the Child,” first recorded in 1941, has been recorded at least once in every decade since. I remember using the gospel-tinged Keith Jarrett Standards Trio version on an answering machine recording in the 1980’s. But I have other reasons for sharing this great song.

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

God bless the child that’s got his own

I was having a conversation with a friend recently. We agreed on the proposition that freedom was a good thing, a condition to be sought. We agreed that some nations of the world were more free than others.

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

We failed to reach agreement on the proposition that freedom has the requirement of self-sufficiency. I consider it intuitively obvious to the most casual observer that since beggars can’t be choosers, beggars are not free. It was not intuitively obvious to my friend.

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

It would seem that I need to think about this some more, or work on my advocacy skills, or both.

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

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