Children of Men soundtracks

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Children of Men had two soundtracks for the film, a film score by British composer John Tavener, and a soundtrack with various popular music acts.


Children of Men Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released October 30, 2006
Genre Soundtracks
Hip hop
Label Hip-O
Producer Becca Gatrell
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

Several songs that are heard during the movie, such as "Total State Machine" by Test Dept, "Omgyjya Switch7" by Aphex Twin, "Anti War Dub" by Digital Mystikz, "War Dub" by Pinch and "Life in a Glasshouse" by Radiohead are not included on the soundtrack. Furthermore, the tracks "Map of the Problematique" by Muse, "Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones, and "Hoppípolla" by Sigur Rós were used in TV spots and trailers but were not featured in the film. Former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker's song "Running the World" is played in the credits of the film.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Artist Length
1. "Hush" Joe South Deep Purple 4:25
2. "Witness (1 Hope)" Rodney Smith Roots Manuva 4:14
3. "Tomorrow Never Knows" John Lennon, Paul McCartney Junior Parker 3:30
4. "Sleepy Shores" Johnny Pearson Michael Price 3:30
5. "The Court of the Crimson King" Ian McDonald, Peter Sinfield King Crimson 4:49
6. "Backward" S. Goodman, S.G Gordon Kode 9, Spaceape 4:33
7. "Wait" Jamie Hince, Alison Mosshart The Kills 4:47
8. "There Is an Ocean" Donovan Leitch Donovan 4:47
9. "Ruby Tuesday" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Franco Battiato 3:37
10. "Money Honey" Annette Henry, Kevin Martin Pressure 3:46
11. "Arbeit Macht Frei" Pete Doherty The Libertines 1:15
12. "Indian Stomp" J. Flynn Cyrus 3:29
13. "Bring on the Lucie (Freeda Peeple)" John Lennon John Lennon 4:13
14. "Running the World" Jarvis Cocker Jarvis Cocker 4:43

Fragments of a Prayer from the Motion Picture "Children of Men"[edit]

Fragments of a Prayer from the Motion Picture "Children of Men"
Film score by John Tavener
Released December 12, 2006
Genre Film score
Original Score
Label Varèse Sarabande
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Soundtrack-Express 3.5/5 stars [2]

The film score, Fragments of a Prayer, was composed by John Tavener and released on Varèse Sarabande.

Director Alfonso Cuarón describes Tavener's "Fragments of a Prayer," as "a spiritual comment rather than a narrative support." The track features mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly and is used as a powerful motif. Unlike most composers, Tavener chose not to score the piece to the film, but to the screenplay instead.[3]

The poetry of William Blake is featured in the lyrics to "Eternity's Sunrise", a work Tavener had previously written and dedicated to Princess Diana after her death.[4]

Gustav Holst's "Mars" is used in the film although it is not featured on the album. "Eternity's Sunrise" is featured Oliver Stone's movie "Savages".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Fragments of a Prayer" John Tavener 15:21
2. "Eternity's Sunrise" John Tavener 10:53
3. "Alexander's Feast/War, He Sung, Is Toil and Trouble" George Frideric Handel 4:44
4. "Kindertotenlieder/Nun Will Die Sonn' So Hell Aufgeh'n" Gustav Mahler 5:31
5. "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima" Krzysztof Penderecki 9:59
6. "Song of the Angel" John Tavener 4:35
7. "The Lamb" John Tavener 3:20
8. "Mother and Child" John Tavener 12:38
9. "Mother of God, Here I Stand" John Tavener 3:28
Total length: 70:31


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Children of Men soundtracks at AllMusic
  2. ^ Soundtrack-Express review
  3. ^ Crust, Kevin. "Unconventional soundscape in `Children of Men'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  4. ^ Broxton, Jonathan (2007-01-17). "Children of Men". Movie Music UK. Archived from the original on 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2007-02-05. 

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