For The Children

by Wily Bo Walker

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'For The Children' is my topical anti-war, anti-corruption ballad taken from my solo album, 'Moon Over indigo' as well as being featured on the compilation 'The Wily Bo Walker Story Vol I'

Released to round off 2016 - a 'New Year Blues' if you like; not one mired in mawkish sentimentality but one which kind of reflects how I feel after this particular year of populist promenading by politicians, seemingly endless warring factions, yet more worldwide corruption and a year in which we have seen so many creative souls lost.

Yes, I wrote this song for MY children but I hope the song's message will resonate with you.

Here's to a brand new year, may it be a better one for all.

Said of this song:

For a man so prolific; Wily Bo Walker somehow manages to maintain an exceptionally high quality standard with his songwriting; listen to the languid and darkly beautiful 'For The Children' to hear the words of a master of his craft.
He skirts ‘politics’ with the couplets ‘Oh Angel / I’ve heard so many lies / But with the wars in the East / Corruption to the West / How the Hell are we ever gonna survive?’ all alongside the chorus ‘And who’ll be there to catch our dreams as they fall / Who’ll be there for the children when their nightmares call?’ - Rocking Magpie Review

“Whew! what a song - absolute knockout!" - Tony Fitton, Blues in the Nite

"The impassioned 'For The Children' is a cri de coeur for sanity in this world with 'wars to the east, corruption to the west'. Utterly convincing." - Grant Moon, The Blues magazine

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released December 9, 2016

Wily Bo Walker - Lead Vocals

Keith Mack - Guitars
Tom Welsch - Bass
Ruslan Agababayev - Keyboards
Eran Asias - Drums and Percussion
Kareña K - Backing Vocals

Danny Flam's New York Brass - Horn Section

The Cenovia Cummins String Quartet:
Cenovia Cummins - Violin
Louise Owen - Violin
Alissa Smith - Viola
Laura Bontrager - Cello

Written and Produced by Wily Bo Walker

Arranged and musical direction by Danny Flam

Recorded at:
Brown Sugar Studios, New York
Engineer: Blue Tha Engineer
NewYorkBrass.com Studios, West Hempstead, NY
Engineer: Danny Flam
Wily Bo Studios, London, UK
Engineer: Wily Bo Walker

Mastered by Alex Wharton at: Abbey Road Studios, London, UK

'For the Children' Cover artwork by Héctor Bustamante with 'Children' detail by Zhana D'Arte. All Rights Reserved.

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Wily Bo Walker London, UK

Wily Bo Walker is a Scottish artist, songwriter, composer and performer noted for his characterful vocals and swaggering 'live' performances.

'The Wily Bo Walker Story' is a twin album release (Jan 2016) comprising his trilogy of albums from 2015:
('Moon Over Indigo', 'Stone Cold Beautiful' & 'A Long Way From Heaven') plus 8 bonus tracks!

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Track Name: For The Children
OH ANGEL, MY SWEET ANGEL
I SEE SHADOWS CROSS THE SKY
AND MIDNIGHT EYES
ARE LOOKING AT THE WORLD TONIGHT

OH ANGEL, MY SWEET ANGEL
WHEN THE TRUTH COMES DOWN
IT’S GOING TO RAIN LIKE CRAZY
ON THE CHILDREN
AS THEY SLEEP TONIGHT

AND WHO’LL BE THERE TO CATCH THEIR DREAMS AS THEY FALL
WHO’LL BE THERE FOR THE CHILDREN
WHEN THEIR NIGHTMARES CALL?

WHEN THEIR NIGHTMARES CALL?

OH ANGEL, I’VE HEARD SO MANY LIES
BUT WITH WARS TO THE EAST
CORRUPTION TO THE WEST
HOW THE HELL WE EVER GONNA SURVIVE?

OH ANGEL, MY SWEET ANGEL
WHEN THEY LIGHT THOSE FIRES
THEY’RE GOING TO BURN LIKE FOREVER
BUT WE’RE NEVER GOING TO SEE THE LIGHT

AND WHO’LL BE THERE TO CATCH OUR DREAMS AS THEY FALL
WHO’LL BE THERE FOR THE CHILDREN
WHEN THEIR NIGHTMARES CALL?

COS TIME IS SLIPPING THROUGH OUR FINGERS
LIKE A STORM IN THE DESERT SAND
WHO CAN PLACE OUR CHILDREN’S FUTURE
IN THE PALM OF SOME FOOLS HAND?
IF ONLY I COULD GET SOME ANSWERS
I WOULD LET THEM ALL IN ON THE PLAN
SO WHEN THEIR NIGHTMARES CALL
THEY CAN UNDERSTAND…

SO THEY CAN UNDERSTAND…

© 2015 Wily Bo Walker. All Rights Reserved.