Children of God (album)

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Children of God
Studio album by Swans
Released October 19, 1987[1]
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
Singles from Children of God (album)
  1. "New Mind"
    Released: Summer 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[5]

Children of God is the fifth studio album by American experimental rock band Swans. It was released on October 19, 1987[1], 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. Michael Gira has stated in multiple interviews that this album is a comment on the practices of religion and the Catholic Church.

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]

Original release [6]
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
Total length: 71:11
1997 re-release Children of God/World of Skin[7]


  • Michael Gira – vocals, keyboards, acoustic guitar, album cover concept and design, production
  • Jarboe – vocals, backing vocals, piano, keyboards
  • N. Westberg – electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Algis Kizys – bass
  • Theodore Parsons – drums, percussion
  • 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"
  • Wilton 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[8] 3


  1. ^ a b "Children of God Advertisement". Retrieved April 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ Morse, Erik (2009). Spacemen 3 And The Birth Of Spiritualized. Omnibus Press. ISBN 0857121049. 
  3. ^ Terich, Jeff (September 26, 2013). "Beginner's Guide: Swans". Treblezine. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Pattison, Louis. "Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky". BBC. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Children of God – Swans : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
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  8. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 

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