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God Bless the Child

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For the single, see God Bless the Child (album).
God Bless the Child
Song Information
Singers: Yeardley Smith
Ron Taylor
Characters: Lisa Simpson
Bleeding Gums Murphy
Length: 4:30
Writer(s): Arthur Herzog, Jr.
Billie Holiday
Album: The Simpsons Sing the Blues

God Bless the Child is the sixth track on the album The Simpsons Sing the Blues. It is a jazz song originally performed and co-written by Billie Holiday. On the album, it is sung by Lisa with help from Bleeding Gums Murphy. The recording engineer's voice is none other than the show's creator Matt Groening but he was not credited. A God Bless the Child featuring this song was made.

Lyrics[edit]

Lisa:
Um, (clears throat) can you hear me in the booth?
Recording engineer:
Loud and clear, Lisa.
Lisa:
Oh, good. Thank you, sir, for letting me be in a real studio. It's a genuine thrill, sir.
(a synthesizer starts playing an introduction)
Could I trouble you with one request?
Recording engineer:
Sure thing.
Lisa:
No synthetic sound, please. I want all live musicians.
(A combo enters the studio and starts playing.)
Them that's got shall get,
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 more
While the weak ones fade.
Empty pockets don't,
They never make the grade.
Mama may have,
Papa may have,
But God bless the child
That's got his own.
That's got his own.
When you've got money,
You've got lots of friends
Crowding round the door.
But when it's gone,
And all spending ends,
Oh, they don't come round 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,
God bless the child
That's got his own.
That's got his own.
Bleeding Gums:
Well, that was lovely, Miss Lisa. Very soulful.
Lisa:
Thank you, Mr. Murphy.
Bleeding Gums:
Now, let's play a lil' blues.
(Lisa and Bleeding Gums blow their horns)

Credits[edit]

Produced by John Boylan

Associate Producer: Jai Winding

Lead Vocal: Lisa (Yeardley Smith)

Additional Vocals: "Bleeding Gums" Murphy (Ron Taylor)

Guitar: Michael Thompson

Fretless Bass: Mark Leonard

Keyboards, Programming: Jai Winding

Additional Programming: John Boylan

Drums: Michael Botts

Synclavier: Brian Mendelsohn

Baritone Sax (Lisa): Doug Norwine

Alto Sax (B.G. Murphy): Kim Richmond


Recorded at Lion Share Studios, West Hollywood

Engineers: Guy DeFazio, Paul Grupp

Mixed at The Complex, West Los Angeles

Engineers: Mick Guzauski

Assistants: Brett Swain

Written by Arthur Herzog, Jr./Billie Holiday and published ℗ 1941 Edward B. Marks Music Corp. BMI