JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Tue Apr 13 13:50:11 UTC 2004
While the exact meaning of "God Bless the Child" is much-disputed, the opening lines are significant: "Them that's got shall get, Them that's not shall lose." This is proverbial and has the same meaning as another saying: "The rich get richer and the poor get poorer." It may also be helpful to know that the line you asked about is sometimes said to be based on another proverb (one not otherwise familiar to me): "God blessed the child that's got his own." But as for what exactly the child has - riches, love, spirituality - that is for the singer and the audience to decide.
Someone who's "built for speed" would be slender, lithe, with long legs - in short, attractive. There may also be implications that she is (or the speaker would like her to be) a "fast" woman, meaning one who is sexually receptive.
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