Changes (1971) - David Bowie (David Bowie) - All about the song

How the song was born...

History of the song "Changes" - David Bowie (1971)

Permeated with New Year's mood, this kind song about the coming changes! She was not destined to break into the upper echelons of the charts, but she was not written for this either ...

When Bowie started writing the composition, his wife, Angela Barnett, was pregnant with their first child, who would later be called Zoe. Of course, Bowie was looking forward to the arrival of the child.

Angela Barnett, Zoey and David Bowie
Angela Barnett, Zoey and David Bowie

The album "Hunky Dory" (1971), from which the song "Changes" was released as a separate single, is all devoted to exploring more serious topics. Bowie said later that the song was meant to be a parody of those dummy nightclub songs. They have no meaning, but there is style and mainstream. David wanted to move away from this direction, and this is what his “Changes” are about. The text clearly shows the musician's desire for something new, for new discoveries and radical changes. In the song, the author also raises the topic of success, which is all relative. Such a childish and philosophical attitude gave the composition the very color for which we love it.

David and Zoey at the premiere of his directorial debut Luna 2112
David and Zoey at the premiere of his directorial debut Luna 2112

Bowie wrote it without even suspecting that it could become something more. To his surprise, the opposite happened. The song was released in December '71st. The success of the song took him by surprise:

She turned into this monster that was constantly demanded at concerts: “D-weed, D-weed, let's “Changes””! I never imagined that it would become so popular.

In the seventies, David performed it at almost all concerts. Despite this, she couldn't even break into America's first 40 hits. It was the last song that David Bowie sang live from the stage before ending his live career in 2006.

When David died in 2016, it surged up to number 49.
Of course, Rolling Stone magazine included it in the 500 greatest songs of all time!


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