Child in Time (10:39)

Cover of Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple

From Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple and 190 other releases

“Child in Time” is an epic rock song by British hard rock band Deep Purple. Featured on their 1970 album Deep Purple in Rock, the song is 10 minutes and 17 seconds long.

Written by the band in 1969, it is said by the band members themselves to have been inspired by a riff featured in a song by Purple contemporaries It’s a Beautiful Day, called ”Bombay Calling”. The riff was played on violins and very much faster in tempo.

“Child in Time” is an essentially simple composition, featuring an organ intro, three power chords, and a two minute long solo. Lyrically dark, it is set around the theme of Cold War. Vocalist Ian Gillan utilizes his full vocal range and goes from quiet singing to loud, high-pitched, banshee-esque screaming. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore comes in with a slow solo, which builds up to a fast-pace playing and then ends abruptly, with the whole song cycle starting over again.

A staple of the Deep Purple live concerts in 1970–73, the song has not featured regularly at concerts since the reunion of the line up in 1993. Gillan cites many personal reasons for leaving the song out, but it is likely that, given his advancing years, the song is becoming increasingly difficult to perform without sampled vocal backings. Its last appearance in Deep Purple’s live set was at Harrogate in 2002. In that performance, high-pitched guitar was used to cover up Gillan’s now-limited vocal range during the “screaming” parts. A similar technique is used on current live performances of “Space Truckin’”.


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Sweet child in time, you'll see the line
The line that's drawn between, the good and the bad
See the blind man, he's shooting at the world
The bullets flying and they're taking toll

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  • Yogman

    Favorite Purple Song - amazing!

    28 Mar 9:05am Reply
  • davidmxdf

    A kick ass tune!!! ★★★★★ ✔

    25 Mar 6:45pm Reply
  • Borderer24

    This is the track that I heard on the 'In Rock' album at a party in the 70's that started my love of Deep Purple. Still my favorite band to-day. The vocal/guitar inter-play between Ian and Richie was amazing 'live' at Birmingham Town Hall 21st Feb 1973. Memories

    6 Mar 12:50pm Reply
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  • cegutierrez73

    tuve la oportunidad de verlos en concierto................impresionantes.........aunque este tema a Ian Gillan ya no le da la voz

    25 Feb 10:30pm Reply
  • JorgeDragas

    Jon Lord.

    18 Feb 5:41pm Reply
  • Mii85

    Great classic song

    16 Feb 2:20am Reply
  • lordi58

    John Lord einfach genial

    13 Feb 4:26pm Reply
  • nargoman

    This is probably the best song ever written. Ian Gillan is amazing.

    11 Feb 5:06pm Reply
  • ossskin

    Мурашки по коже каждый раз, как слушаю эту композицию.

    26 Jan 2:33pm Reply
  • LanceVance2k

    Jon Lord - the best organ player of rock music history.

    19 Jan 9:51pm Reply
  • OfeliaClaveBuen

    My Great Ian..Mwhaa. I used this song as Ringtone for my grandchild when she is calling me--great guitar play and electronic organ..drummer and a Great Ian..

    10 Jan 12:58pm Reply
  • edneoson

    uh uh uh uh....

    21 Dec 2014 Reply
  • aldrignedigen

    The court of the Deep Purple

    18 Dec 2014 Reply
  • VasilySavush

    Вышка, уже за эту песню Блэкмору и компании стоит сказать спасибо

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
  • ukukino

    fuck! fuck! that was...

    17 Dec 2014 Reply
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  • orses4corses

    "Wait for the ricochet".

    24 Nov 2014 Reply
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