“Child In Time” by Deep Purple

Song of the Day

September 9-10, 2017

Written by Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord & Ian Paice
Produced by Deep Purple
Recorded at IBC Studios, London, 1969
Released on the album Deep Purple In Rock in June 1970

Ian Gillan has said that there are two sides to the ten-minute epic “Child In Time”, the musical side and the lyrical side. One good listen to this theatrical epic from 1970’s Deep Purple In Rock, confirms the presence of literate and sonic emotions throughout.

Deep Purple, 1970

“Child in Time” is a true group effort, from Jon Lord‘s jazzy organ intro to the ceremonial vocal wails of Gillan, to the potent middle jam section led by Ritchie Blackmore‘s guitar lead. The group adapted the song from a previous Vietnam War influenced tune called “Bombay Calling” by It’s a Beautiful Day, but Deep Purple certainly made this one their own.

Listen to “Child In Time”:

Song Lyrics

Sweet child in time, you’ll see the line
The line that’s drawn between good and bad
See the blind man shooting at the world
Bullets flying, ohh taking toll
If you’ve been bad, oh Lord, I bet you have
And you’ve not been hit, oh by flying lead
You’d better close your eyes, ooohhhh bow your head
Wait for the ricochet

Ooo, ooo ooo, ooo ooo ooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh, aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh, aah I wanna hear you sing

Sweet child in time, you’ll see the line
The line that’s drawn between good and bad
See the blind man shooting at the world
Bullets flying, ohh taking toll
If you’ve been bad, oh Lord, I bet you have
And you’ve not been hit, oh by flying lead
You’d better close your eyes, ooohhhh bow your head
Wait for the ricochet

Ooo, ooo ooo, ooo ooo ooo
Oooooo ooooooo ooooooo
Aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh, aaaahh aaaahh aaaahh
Aahh, aahh aahh, aah I gotta hear you sing

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