Changes
David Bowie Lyrics


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Oh, yeah
Mmm

Still don't know what I was waitin' for
And my time was runnin' wild
A million dead end streets and
Every time I thought I'd got it made
It seemed the taste was not so sweet
So I turned myself to face me
But I've never caught a glimpse
How the others must see the faker
I'm much too fast to take that test

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don't want to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
There's gonna have to be a different man
Time may change me
But I can't trace time

Mmm, yeah

I watch the ripples change their size
But never leave the stream
Of warm impermanence
And so the days float through my eyes
But still the days seem the same
And these children that you spit on
As they try to change their worlds
Are immune to your consultations
They're quite aware of what they're goin' through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Don't tell them to grow up and out of it
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Where's your shame?
You've left us up to our necks in it
Time may change me
But you can't trace time

Strange fascinations fascinate me
Ah, changes are taking
The pace I'm goin' through

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Ooh, look out, you rock 'n' rollers
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Turn and face the strange
Ch-ch-changes
Pretty soon now you're gonna get older
Time may change me
But I can't trace time




I said that time may change me
But I can't trace time

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of David Bowie's Changes speak to his confusion and dissatisfaction with his own life, a theme he explores throughout the song. He confesses that he still does not know what he is waiting for, and that despite all his efforts, he feels like he is running in place. He has tried to find success and happiness, but each time he gets close, it eludes him. This lack of fulfillment has left him feeling like a "faker" and has prevented him from seeing himself clearly.


But then, Bowie pivots to the central theme of the song: change. He implores the listener to "turn and face the strange," to embrace the unknown and unpredictable forces that shape our lives. He recognizes that being resistant to change is ultimately futile, and that it is better to adapt and grow with the world around us. To illustrate this point, he uses vivid imagery to describe the impermanence of life, specifically the way that days and people come and go, like ripples in a stream.


Bowie also takes time to chastise those who would try to stifle change in others, particularly young people. He notes that these "children that you spit on" are well aware of what they are going through, and do not appreciate being told how to live their lives. This vitriol is contrasted with the song's more hopeful and transcendent message of embracing change and growth.


Overall, Changes is a powerful and deeply personal exploration of Bowie's relationship with himself, the world around him, and the ever-changing nature of life itself.


Line by Line Meaning

Still don't know what I was waitin' for
I am uncertain about the purpose of my life


And my time was runnin' wild
I was wasting my time recklessly


A million dead end streets and
I had encountered countless unsuccessful paths


Every time I thought I'd got it made
Whenever I thought I had succeeded


It seemed the taste was not so sweet
I found the achievement to be unsatisfying


So I turned myself to face me
I introspected to understand myself better


But I've never caught a glimpse
However, I am yet to perceive my true self


How the others must see the faker
I wonder how others view me as a phony


I'm much too fast to take that test
But I am unwilling to undergo tests to confirm my doubts


Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
Changes are happening


Turn and face the strange
I must confront the unknown


Don't want to be a richer man
Money is not my goal


There's gonna have to be a different man
I must become a better version of myself


Time may change me
Over time, I will evolve


But I can't trace time
But I cannot slow down time or analyze its effects


I watch the ripples change their size
I observe how things evolve


But never leave the stream
However, everything remains part of the same system


Of warm impermanence
Everything has a fleeting nature


And so the days float through my eyes
Days pass by quickly


But still the days seem the same
Even though time is moving, everything remains stagnant


And these children that you spit on
I observe how society disdains and belittles its youth


As they try to change their worlds
But I notice their eagerness to change the world


Are immune to your consultations
They do not need your advice


They're quite aware of what they're goin' through
They are conscious of their struggles


Don't tell them to grow up and out of it
Do not discourage them from dreaming and growing


Where's your shame?
You should be ashamed of yourselves


You've left us up to our necks in it
Society has left the youth to face problems alone


Strange fascinations fascinate me
I am intrigued by oddities


Ah, changes are taking
The world is evolving


The pace I'm goin' through
Things are changing too fast for me to grasp


Ooh, look out, you rock 'n' rollers
Hey, musicians, be cautious


Pretty soon now you're gonna get older
You will age fast


But I can't trace time
Despite my attempts, I cannot comprehend the effects of time




Lyrics © TuneCore Inc., BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: David Bowie

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@dolaylitumlec

He is not dead, he is living in our hearts

@silentweeb6581

no, he's on mars

@Crusad3r_69

@@silentweeb6581 he is the starman now 😔

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@@silentweeb6581he went back to the homeland

@El_Frutero

@@Crusad3r_69 He always was the starman, he wanted to come and meet us and he indeed blew our minds

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Same here ... I perform and record Bowie Songs on YT ... It keeps me connected with his spirit.

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@sunvinn

I wonder when they're gonna start making lyric videos for all of the albums. Bowie pulled off so many different styles and aesthetics, every video would look great.

@detestor420

They won’t. Just certain songs

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Like the song putting out fire with gasoline great song

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Make your own videos
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