- 1 “Changes” by David Bowie
- 2 “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson
- 3 “Waiting On The World To Change” by John Mayer
- 4 “Change” by Faith Evans
- 5 “We Never Change” by Coldplay
- 6 “Slowly Slipping Away” by Harem Scarem
- 7 “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
- 8 “Everybody’s Changing” by Keane
- 9 “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
- 10 “Imagine” by John Lennon
“Changes” by David Bowie
There aren’t many David Bowie songs that can be taken at face value, and this isn’t one of them.
To be honest, there are a lot of angles from which to approach this track.
Bowie himself has reinvented himself several times throughout his career, thus this is a song about the process of doing so.
Re-invention was more about staying ahead of the curve, in the realm of the “Avant Garde,” than it was about being relevant.
Whatever the case may be, we can all agree that this is a song about going through transitions.
“Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson
Here, instead of looking outward and placing blame on others, the lyric is about accepting personal responsibility for the changes you want to see in the world.
When we read “Man in the Mirror,” we know the narrator was referring to the plight of individuals who need food and shelter, so we know he was talking about poverty and the improvements he was hoping to see in that area.
And the most important point is that if you want anything to happen, you must first go yourself and ask yourself what you’ve done to make a difference.
“Waiting On The World To Change” by John Mayer
In the mid- to late-2000s, it was difficult to miss this early R&B-inspired tune.
In this song, we hear the cries of a generation that are well aware that the odds are not on their side.
Despite their awareness of the world’s issues, they do not believe they are in a position to change the system.
“Waiting for the world to change” is an apt metaphor.
This song is about it, if you didn’t know.
When it comes to politics, Mayer has never been shy.
“Change” by Faith Evans
Faith Evans’ “Change” is a song about – you guessed it – change.
It’s evident that the message’s purpose is to inspire, but I think it falls short due to its generality.
Anything is open to transformation.
In addition, while we might discuss the virtues of “better” and “different,” by what yardsticks can we judge these attributes?
All this song says is in the second stanza, when it mentions something cryptic about youngsters coming together to build our promised country.
Nothing can be gleaned from such a vague statement.
However, that’s just my view, and if you find inspiration in this music, then that’s ok with me.
You have my full support.
To the degree that it’s a well-written song, then, yes, it’s worth hearing.
“We Never Change” by Coldplay
For a better understanding of “We Never Change,” listen to it on Parachutes, the band’s sophomore album from 2000.
Unrequited love is a major theme throughout the album, and this song seems to make a small nod to that.
Because of the references to flying and living in a wooden house, I would think this song is about fleeing, if I had to guess.
The narrator prefers to flee rather than face the reality.
As of this writing, he hasn’t agreed to anything.
He hasn’t given up on the love he wants but fears will never arrive.
It’s true that some relationships don’t evolve.
Even if they can’t, we can’t keep living in denial indefinitely.
“Slowly Slipping Away” by Harem Scarem
To discover new love, “Slowly Slipping Away” by Harem Scarem is about.
It follows that if we are injured by individuals we know and love, then we are also healed by them.
“I feel it in the morning/I feel light all day long/I feel the sadness gently melting away.”
You’ll enjoy this song if you’re beginning to mend from the pain and disappointment you’ve endured.
“Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson delivers a socially minded pop tune on this one. Although it’s a well-crafted song about the misery and brutality in the world, the meaning behind it goes far deeper.
Changing yourself is the only way to improve the world around you, according to the lyrics of the song.
For a pop tune, that’s a lot of depth!
“As I put up the collar on my favorite winter coat,” the rich man says in the first line.
There are “the youngsters on streets, with no food, who am I to be blind, claiming not to perceive their needs,” said the same person.
“Everybody’s Changing” by Keane
Keane electro-pop is in good form on Everybody’s Changing, the band’s latest release and one of their most overlooked albums in recent years.
To stay in the game, “I try to stay awake and remember my name,” “everyone’s changing but I don’t feel the same,” “trying to make a move to stay in the game.”
“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke
when he heard Dylan’s song Blowing in the Wind, Sam Cooke decided it was time for some protest songs to be written by the black community
This led to the song A Change Is Gonna Come, which became an anthem of the American Civil Rights Movement.
People keep warning me, “Don’t linger around,” but I keep going to the movies and downtown.
Otis Redding covered it later, although many people prefer Sam Cooke’s original.
“Imagine” by John Lennon
Even if you don’t immediately think of Lennon’s post-Beatles song Imagine when you think of songs about transformation, you’d be wrong.
In the end, it’s a call to action to live a better life.
There’s no problem seeing yourself without any possessions if you put your mind to it.
It was Yoko Ono’s 1964 book Grapefruit that served as inspiration for the lyrics, which include surrealist themes like “imagine the clouds pouring, build a hole in your yard to deposit them in” (incidentally, the same is written on the back of the Imagine album cover).
Despite the song’s anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic sentiments, Lennon believed it was accepted due to its “sugar-coating.”