SMiLE Track-By-Track VIII: Song For Children

Known to pre-February 2004 collectors as Look (and other titles), this was then an instrumental which didn’t seem to fit in with anything else on what was thought to be part of SMiLE. There was therefore a sense of an obscure looking jigsaw piece being found and fitting in beautifully, when this (officially titled as Song For Children) was played as part of the second movement of SMiLE in that famous premiere. The melody evokes possibly a children’s funfair, while the lyrics refer back to Wonderful, parenthood and childhood, giving a real sense that this was all part of a masterplan back in 1966/67. And even if it wasn’t all thought of then, it remains one of 2004, and all time’s, great creations.

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