Wayward Child

Wayward Child
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Wayward Child
Lyrics by Randy McQuilkin
Music by Jerry Boutot

I am a wayward child. This I admit. But aren’t we all?
I am a wayward child. This I admit. But aren’t we all?

Weaving this web of words sets my spirit flying free
Mapping out the valleys and the mountains of emotion in this spiritual destiny

Fool and a dreamer they call all poets
In every age and year
Many ignore us but they sometimes appreciate
When we capture a tear

I am a wayward child. This I admit. But aren’t we all?

Priests of nothing some have called is
But what do they know?
Do they really believe they know more about
Who we are and where we will go?
No one saw it coming
None of us knew we would fall
Many wise men of wisdom have often discovered
That they knew nothing at all

I am a wayward child. This I admit. But aren’t we all?
I am a wayward child. This I admit. But aren’t we all?

Wayward Child Videos:


Wayward Child Official Video


Wayward Child Bass Guitar performance


Wayward Child Electric and Acoustic Guitar performances


Wayward Child Lyrics


Wayward Child Notes:

When I was working on the remake of Wayward Child, one of the things I never really liked about the original was the beginning. It was originally sung “a-cappella” with just Randy singing and me doing the Harmony. But I wanted to do something different and bring the song up to date a bit. Towards the end of the song, it went back to the a-cappella part and so I took the opportunity to make changes but keep the original spirit of the song.

I added three different looping parts that were really just synth parts from the Steinberg Halion Sonic VST instrument which had some sequencing using the Arpeggio functions. Since all VST Arpeggios in Halion Sonic can follow the tempo of the song being played, it was easy to just let the song loop over several measures while auditioning various arpeggiated parts. I settled on the three that I used in this song that you hear starting the song. If you listen to Wayward Child on headphones, you can clearly hear the three distinct parts. One is on the left, one is on the right, and one runs right up the middle.

Also, as a tribute to my non-stop lambasting of looping and auto-tune being over used in the horrendous pop music today, since I was using a type of “industrial loop” on the beginning of Wayward Child I thought it would be appropriate to add some auto-tune to the vocal part. So I added a very aggressive auto-tune to the beginning and ending a-cappella part for the main vocal, and fed it into a pitch shifter and blended in the same part shifted up an octave.

The rest is just straight hard rock with some serious attitude. Oh, and some intense drumming and a wicked grooving bass guitar.

Jerry B.

Wayward Child
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