The song had more cerebral beginnings than those who have danced to it may imagine. Miles was moved to create the track after seeing photographs of children who had been victims of the war in the former Yugoslavia, brought home by his father on a humanitarian mission.
There was also a practical element to Miles's composition: in the early Nineties there was a spate of car crashes in Italy after ravers fell asleep at the wheel, often under the influence of drugs, alcohol and club-induced weariness. Known as strage del sabato sera, or Saturday night slaughter, DJs started to play slower music towards the end of the night to calm attendees down. Children, a pioneering dream house track, was one of the most pivotal for this purpose.