Legendary Child
Recording Artist: Aerosmith
Writers: Steven Tyler
Joe Perry
Jim Vallance
Date Written: December 1991 - April 1992 / Vancouver, Canada
Albums: Music from Another Dimension (Columbia/Sony, 2012)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation / film soundtrack album (2012)
Charts: #1 - Billboard
Audio:
  Steven Tyler: vocal
Joe Perry: guitar
Brad Whitford: guitar
Tom Hamilton: bass
Joey Kramer: drums

Produced by Jack Douglas. Recorded at Pandora's Box, Boston.
Comments:
 
Sometimes music fans know more about the songs than the people who write and record them! 

Gonzalo Collarte's passion is Aerosmith "out-takes" ... songs that were written but never recorded, or songs that were recorded but never released. In fact, Gonzalo is a world-class authority on the subject.

Sometime between December 1991 and April 1992, during the "Get A Grip" sessions, I helped Steven Tyler and Joe Perry write a song called "Legendary Child". The demo track was recorded in my home studio in Vancouver.

Aerosmith rehearsed the song. They performed it live. They even recorded a studio version. But it was never officially released.

Years went by and I'd pretty much forgotten about it. Then, on March 6, 2012 I got an email from Gonzalo. He said that Aerosmith would be releasing "Legendary Child" in the next week or two.

This was the first I'd heard about it!

I contacted Aerosmith's manager, Trudy Green, to see if Gonzalo's information was accurate. It was accurate ... but there was a small problem. According to Trudy, Steven and Joe had no memory of me co-writing the song with them. In other words, I could expect no credit and no royalties for my contribution to the song.

Considering twenty years had passed since the song was written I can forgive Steven and Joe for the memory lapse. But I can't forgive Trudy who subjected me to an intense telephone interrogation, the gist of which was: "Prove you wrote the song".

Fortunately I still had my "work-in-progress" recordings from the 1990's, in a box in the basement. It took a few hours of digging through boxes to find the right reel of tape, but I still had it. When I played it, you can clearly hear our instruments and our individual voices -- me, Steven and Joe -- discussing the song "Legendary Child", while we're writing it. 

I forwarded the recording to Trudy as proof of my involvement. After a few more emails, memories were jogged and everything got sorted out.

Sweet man that he is, Steven phoned me to apologize for the oversight.

"Legendary Child" debuted on May 23, 2012 when Aerosmith performed it on "American Idol". It was officially released the following day. 

The song was included on Aerosmith's 2012 album "Music From Another Dimension". It also appeared on the film soundtrack for "GI Joe 2".
 
Lyrics:
 
"Work in progress" tapes from my vault
Legendary child

I’ll tell you what I’m talking about

Makin' love at 17, yeah we had the luck
But we traded them toys for other joys
And we didn’t give a ...
(Whoa whoa whoa)

I took a chance at the high school dance
Never knowin' wrong from right
And that same show 40 years ago
Bein' televised tonight

'Cause getting from inside my head to the Taj Mahal
I went from never havin' none to wanna have it all

I wanna keep that dream alive
And eat that honey from the hive
With all the noise and all the clamour
No surprise, you know I am a

Legendary child

I think that what I’m trying to say ... is

Sticks and stones will break your bones
At least they’ll rearrange
I’ll drop a dime, and every time
I get myself a nickel’s change
(Whoa whoa whoa)

They say we don’t know Jack
At "The Plant" we proved them wrong
We traded in our souls at night and sold them for a song

And if Satan had a lady friend her name was Mary Jane
I never wondered why she tried to drive us quite insane

And how we got that golden fleece
From toking on that pipe of peace
Well yeah, as far as I can see
There is a god ’cause I got me a

Legendary child
Legendary child

(guitar solo)

Legendary child

Legendary child
Legendary child

Oh-oh, oh-oh ...
Oh-oh, oh-oh ...
Oh-oh, oh-oh ...
Oh-oh, oh-oh ...

Legendary child
Legendary child