A song for Sunday – Child in Time

Child in Time (Deep Purple) Warning – graphic war images.

I’m not sure how many people realise that “Child in Time” by Deep Purple is an anti-war song. The official music video doesn’t highlight the anti-war message , but this video by Bodellia uses graphic footage from the Vietnam War (be warned) that highlights the connection.  Musically “Child in Time” is based on “Bombay Calling” by a psychedelic rock band It’s a Beautiful Day and, according to Ian Gillan, “we created this song using the Cold War as the theme.”

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
The bullets flying and they’re 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

It’s also interesting to see what Ritchie Blackmore did with it in his band Blackmore’s night. At one level I quite like it but it loses most of the power found in the original.

If you liked this post please follow my blog (top right-hand corner of the blog), and you might like to watch some previous songs for Sunday:

  1. John Lennon’s Image by Playing for Change
  2. The Band Played Waltzing Matilda by Eric Bogle
  3. One by Metallica
  4. I was only 19 by Redgum
  5. Foolish Notion by Holly Near
  6. Dust in the Wind by Kansas

About Graeme Stuart

Lecturer (Family Action Centre, Newcastle Uni), blogger (Sustaining Community), Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator, environmentalist, father. Passionate about families, community development, peace, sustainability.
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2 Responses to A song for Sunday – Child in Time

  1. Jules Davies says:

    Confronting isn’t the word. Devastating is closer, but still inadequate. My brother did two tours of duty in Vietnam. We expect our soldiers to come back and reintegrate after experiencing that and doing those things themselves. And then we don’t look after them. When will we stop sending our people off to pointless wars started by whichever empire builder to whom we are currently grovelling – once Britain, now USA?

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