Bless the Beasts and Children (soundtrack)

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Bless the Beasts and Children
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Soundtrack album by Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
Released September 24, 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Soundtrack
Length 23:08
Label A&M Records
Producer Barry De Vorzon and Perry Botkin Jr.
Singles from Bless the Beasts and Children
  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children"
    Released: August 12, 1971

The soundtrack to the 1971 film Bless the Beasts and Children consists of music by The Carpenters, Barry De Vorzon, and Renee Armand. It included The Carpenters' "Bless the Beasts and Children" theme song as well as "Cotton's Dream", later known as "Nadia's Theme", which became the theme song to the television soap opera The Young and the Restless.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bless the Beasts and Children" – The Carpenters played this song, start to finish. They released it as a B-side song, and it peaked at #67 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  2. "Cotton's Dream" (later known as "Nadia's Theme") – It was extended and released as a single in 1976.
  3. "Down the Line" – Barry De Vorzon – A vocal version performed by Barry De Vorzon. The reprise is transposed higher and is instrumental.
  4. "Bless the Beasts and Children (Reprise #1)" – This is one of two instrumental versions on the LP.
  5. "Lost" – Sung by Renée Armand; the melody is identical to "Cotton's Dream", but the arrangement is different and includes lyrics.
  6. "Bless the Beasts and Children (Reprise #2)" – The second of two instrumental reprises of "Bless the Beasts and Children". The reprises were not performed by the Carpenters.
  7. "Down the Line (Reprise)" – An instrumental version of "Down the Line", and is transposed from the key of D to the key of E.
  8. "Journey's End" – "Down the Line" fades smoothly into "Journey's End", which includes strings playing "Bless the Beasts and Children" over and over again, but transposing lower every time.
  9. "Stampede"
  10. "Free"
  11. "Requiem" [1]

Note that there are three "Bless the Beasts and Children" tracks. All three are different, and have three different run times. The first one is the 3:07 vocal version, and #4 and #6 are both about 2:12. Track four has a version that is a hybrid between "Cotton's Dream" and "Bless the Beasts and Children". Track #6 is a very different version, with strings playing the melody.[2] It has never been released on CD, and is currently only available on now-out of print vinyl records.


  • Bless The Beasts And Children

JP 7" single (1972) AM-114

Bless the Beasts and Children
  • Superstar

US 7" single (1971) A&M 1289

Bless the Beasts and Children
  • Nadia's Theme

US 7" single (1976) A&M 1856

Nadia's Theme
Down the Line (Instrumental)


  1. ^ Speculation upon the "Bless the Beasts and Children" record.
  2. ^ Bless the Beasts and the Children: Information and Much More from