Children of God (album)

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Children of God
Studio album by Swans
Released 1987
Recorded February–March 1987 at Sawmills Studios, Golant, England
Length 71:13
Label Caroline
Producer Rico Conning, Michael Gira
Swans chronology
Holy Money
Children of God
Love Will Tear Us Apart
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[4]

Children of God is the fifth studio album by American post-punk band Swans. It was released in 1987, through record label Caroline.


The album marks a change in direction from Swans' early work. More tracks utilize acoustic guitars and more melodic vocals. The lyrics also focus more prominently on religious themes.

Release history[edit]

Children of God was re-issued along with the World of Skin compilation (minus the covers) on CD in 1997 as Children of God/World of Skin. On this re-release, the original album version of "Our Love Lies" was replaced with the version included on the Love Will Tear Us Apart EP. Also, the re-release added "Damn You to Hell" and "I'll Swallow You" (under one title as "I'll Swallow You") from the New Mind single as a bonus. Also, "Sex, God, Sex", "Beautiful Child" and "Children of God" were shortened by several seconds with earlier fade-outs and "Trust Me" faded directly into the brief interlude at the end.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "New Mind"   Algis Kizys, Michael Gira, Norman Westberg, Ted Parsons 5:13
2. "In My Garden"   Kizys, Jarboe, Gira 5:34
3. "Our Love Lies"   Kizys, Gira, Westberg 5:50
4. "Sex, God, Sex"   Gira, Westberg 6:49
5. "Blood and Honey"   Jarboe, Gira 4:46
6. "Like a Drug (Sha La La La)"   Kizys, Gira, Westberg, Parsons 5:36
7. "You're Not Real, Girl"   Gira 4:21
8. "Beautiful Child"   Kizys, Gira, Westberg, Parsons 5:16
9. "Blackmail"   Jarboe, Gira 3:34
10. "Trust Me"   Jarboe, Gira, Westberg 5:23
11. "Real Love"   Kizys, Gira, Westberg 6:23
12. "Blind Love"   Gira, Westberg 7:46
13. "Children of God"   Jarboe, Gira 4:34
1997 re-release Children of God/World of Skin[5]


Additional personnel
  • Simon Fraser – flute on "In My Garden"
  • Audrey Riley – cello on "Like a Drug (Sha La La La)"
  • Lindsay Cooper – oboe on "Blackmail" and "Trust Me"
  • William Barnhardt – piano on "Blackmail"
  • Rico Conning – production, engineering
  • John Cornfield – engineering
  • Laura Levine – sleeve photography
  • Paul White/Me Company – sleeve artwork


Chart (1987) Peak
UK Indie Chart[6] 3


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  2. ^ Terich, Jeff (September 26, 2013). "Beginner’s Guide: Swans". Treblezine. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ Pattison, Louis. "Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky". BBC. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Children of God – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
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  6. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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