Nothing's Gonna Change
Labi Siffre Lyrics


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Life can be funny
Sometimes a shame
Making the same mistakes again and again
It isn´t easy being a man
For a woman it´s harder
Try it in the Sudan
And when you´re winning and when you´ve won
You turn around ... your problems just begun
And when you´re losing and when you´ve lost
You turn around ... it wasn´t worth the cost
How did we make it...
It´s a mystery
We´re getting better...
That´s news to me
Are we defeated...
Huh! Defeated like hell
We may be losers...
But we´ll never tell
Nothin´s Gonna Change
But we don´t give in
Nothin´s Gonna Change
Take it on the chin
Nothin´s Gonna Change
Keep that silly grin
Nothin´s Gonna Change
The only way to win
World wars are over
One and two
Others are raging still just like brand new
The Big Band is with us
It´s here to stay
Unless the Martians come to take it away
My TV dinner shows a starving face
The kicked a man to death outside my place
We strangle nature




We murder the trees
Forgetting we need the trees to breathe

Overall Meaning

The song "Nothin's Gonna Change" by Labi Siffre highlights the ups and downs of life, expressing the idea that despite the changes we see around us, there are core problems that persist. The singer talks about how life can be ironic and difficult at times, especially when we keep making the same mistakes over and over again. He points out that while it's hard being a man, it's even harder for a woman, particularly in places like the Sudan. The song addresses the irony of how even when we're winning or succeeding, we often find that our problems have only just begun. Conversely, when we're losing, we realize that it wasn't worth the cost.


Siffre then goes on to express his bewilderment at life, saying that despite all its complexities and uncertainties, it's a "mystery" how we make it through. He says that while we may be getting better, we're still a long way from winning or even truly understanding life. More importantly, he emphasizes that even if we are losers or defeated, we don't have to let that fact define us. Rather, we can choose to take things on the chin, maintain a positive attitude, and keep working toward our goals.


In the second half of the song, Siffre shifts his focus to some of the larger issues facing the world. He references both the world wars and the ongoing conflicts that persist throughout the world, pointing out that while things have changed, some things remain the same. He then talks about the Big Band, a type of jazz that emerged in the early 20th century and remains popular to this day. Siffre suggests that even though some people might disparage this type of music, it's here to stay unless the Martians come and take it away.


Finally, the song concludes by addressing the issue of environmental sustainability. Siffre notes how we often take nature for granted, destroying forests and other natural resources without thought for the consequences. He emphasizes the irony of how we fail to recognize our dependence on the natural world, forgetting that we need trees to breathe. Ultimately, "Nothin's Gonna Change" is a song that confronts some of the most difficult and challenging issues facing humanity, speaking to the resilience, determination, and hope that can help us weather any storm.


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Line by Line Meaning

Life can be funny
Life has its moments of absurdity


Sometimes a shame
At times, things are disgraceful


Making the same mistakes again and again
We tend to repeat errors


It isn't easy being a man
Being a man is no walk in the park


For a woman it's harder
Women face greater challenges


Try it in the Sudan
It would be even tougher in certain parts of the world


And when you're winning and when you've won
Even in victory, troubles persist


You turn around ... your problems just begun
New issues arise as old ones fade


And when you're losing and when you've lost
Defeat also comes with pains


You turn around ... it wasn't worth the cost
The price paid for failure is not worth it


How did we make it...
How are we surviving...


It's a mystery
It's hard to comprehend


We're getting better...
We are improving...


That's news to me
I am not aware of it.


Are we defeated...
Are we conquered...


Huh! Defeated like hell
Definitely not.


We may be losers...
We could be failures...


But we'll never tell
But never admit.


Nothin's Gonna Change
Nothing will change.


But we don't give in
But we won't surrender.


Take it on the chin
Absorb it without complaint.


Keep that silly grin
Keep that smile regardless.


The only way to win
The only path to triumph.


World wars are over
Major wars have ceased.


One and two
The first and second world wars.


Others are raging still just like brand new
Other conflicts are still fresh.


The Big Band is with us
Popular music is still pervasive.


It's here to stay
It's here to remain.


Unless the Martians come to take it away
Unless Martians intervene.


My TV dinner shows a starving face
I see a hunger epidemic on television.


They kicked a man to death outside my place
Someone was brutally murdered nearby.


We strangle nature
We are slowly killing nature.


We murder the trees
We are rapidly destroying forests.


Forgetting we need the trees to breathe
Forgetting trees provide us oxygen.




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Written by: LABI SIFFRE

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Visar Shehu

Life can be funny, sometimes a shame
Making the same mistakes again and again
It isn't easy being a man
For a woman its harder, try it in the Sudan

And when you're winning and when you've won
You turn around ... your problems just begun
And when you're losing and when you've lost
You turn around ... it wasn't worth the cost

How did we make it? It's a mystery
Were getting better ... that's news to me
Are we defeated? Huh! Defeated like hell!
We may be losers but well never tell

Nothin's Gonna Change but we dont give in
Nothin's Gonna Change take it on the chin
Nothin's Gonna Change keep that silly grin
Nothin's Gonna Change ... the only way to win

World wars are over (one and two)
Others are raging still just like brand new
The Big Bang is with us, it's here to stay
Unless the Martians come to take it away

My TV dinner shows a starving face
They kicked a man to death outside my place
We strangle nature, we murder the trees
Forgetting we need the trees to breath

How did we make it? It's a mystery
Were getting better ... that's news to me
Are we defeated? Huh! Defeated like hell!
We may be losers but well never tell

Nothin's Gonna Change but we don't give in
Nothin's Gonna Change take it on the chin
Nothin's Gonna Change keep that silly grin
Nothin's Gonna Change ... the only way to win



All comments from YouTube:

Crazy Leyland 510

30 years old and still extremely valid lyrics. Every time beggars ask me for change, I feel like saying "Nothing's gonna change, son."

smcleod04

Labi Siffre is amazing. Such a diverse talent!

Tim Bayliss

This is one of the best "come back" singles made by anyone.

Lucian Ene

30 years old hidden gem.

CarhornAshtray Busstop

My late brother Steve designed, built and choreographed the robots.

Atelier Wolfhoek

I love those robots. Great job!

Michael Féaux

I thought they were amazing when I was a kid. I tried to build one in the garage.

Michael de Bree

I am sorry your brother passed away. The robots are really amazing . They make the video. He did an amazing job on them. Did he do more work with them? Maybe in movies?

mal rosee

Classic song powerful

Nóra Hegyi

Huge MUSIC!!!! Thank you very much!

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