God Bless the Child (Shania Twain song)

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"God Bless the Child"
God Bless the Child (Shania Twain song).jpg
Single by Shania Twain
from the album The Woman in Me
B-side "If It Don't Take Two"
Released October 26, 1996
Recorded 1994 (album version)
1996 (single version)
Length 3:49
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Shania Twain singles chronology
"Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)"
"God Bless the Child"
"Love Gets Me Every Time"
"Home Ain't Where His Heart Is (Anymore)"
"God Bless the Child"
"Love Gets Me Every Time"

"God Bless the Child" is a song co-written and recorded by Canadian country music artist Shania Twain. It was released in October 1996 as the eighth and final single from her 1995 album The Woman in Me. The song was written by Twain and an extended version co-written by Mutt Lange. The song became Twain's first single off The Woman in Me to not hit the top 40 at country radio. The original album version is more a poem than a song, done completely a cappella. For radio airplay, the song had to be expanded lyrically and musically. It was included on Twain's Come on Over Tour usually accompanied by a local choir, and on Australian and Asian tour editions of the Come On Over album, but was not included on her 2004 Greatest Hits release. All singles sales from the United States were donated to Second Harvest/Kids Cafe, and from Canada to Breakfast for Learning. Twain performed the song at the 1996 Country Music Association Awards.

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly gave the song a fairly favorable review, giving it a B grade and saying "while her sentiments are pretty naive, her pipes sound plenty experienced" and that Twain gives "enough passion to make us temporarily forget her pinup looks".[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "God Bless the Child" was shot in Nashville, Tennessee and directed by Larry Jordan It was filmed on October 3, 1996 and debuted on October 26, 1996 on CMT. The video features two choirs. One included the Fisk University Jubilee Singers and the second was a local performing arts choirs singing along with Twain in a hangar at the Nashville airport. Two versions of the video were released, one with the banjo included in the audio for country stations, another without for pop and international stations. The "banjo version" video is available on Twain's DVD The Platinum Collection.

Chart performance[edit]

"God Bless the Child" debuted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart the week of November 30, 1996 at number 74. The song spent 9 weeks on the chart and climbed to a peak position of number 48 on January 11, 1997, where it remained for one week. The single became Twain's second consecutive song from The Woman in Me to miss the top 20. It did however, top the Country Singles Sales chart for one week. Despite failure at country radio, "God Bless the Child" became Twain's fourth appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 where it peaked at number 75, it also reached number 50 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart.

Track listing[edit]

US Single[2]

  1. God Bless the Child [New Previously Unreleased Version] 3:48
  2. (If You're Not in It for Love) I'm Outta Here! [Remix] 4:21

Canada Maxi-CD[3]

  1. God Bless the Child 3:49
  2. (If You're Not In It for Love) I'm Outta Here! [Remix] 4:40
  3. Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under? [Dance Mix] 4:50
  4. The Woman in Me (Needs the Man in You) [Steel Guitarless Mix] 4:50

Official versions[edit]

  • Album Version (1:30)
  • Single Version (3:49)
  • Single Version Without Banjo (3:49)


Chart (1996)[4] Peak
Canada RPM Country Singles Chart[5] 7
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 75
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 48


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