Child in Time (10:36)

Cover of Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple

From Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple and 184 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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