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.
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