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Thread #55801   Message #869582
Posted By: Genie
18-Jan-03 - 04:38 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: /Correction: 'Changes' (Phil Ochs)
Subject: Lyr Add: /Correction: 'Changes' (Phil Ochs)
(I did not add this to the previous thread about "Changes," because that thread was about a different song with the same title.)


Listening to Phil Ochs sing this song and comparing it to the version in the DT, I discovered that a whole verse was left out of the DT.

Not only that, but there are a few places where Phil clearly sings the lyrics differently.  (Of course, the lyrics may have been altered on the versions by Ian and Sylvia or others.)  I have indicated the omitted verse (#5) and how Phil's lyrics compare with the DT below.

(Please note that the "circle-time" lyric was not hard to understand on Ochs's recording.  It's clearly not "serpentine."    The "vines" vs. "winds" thing in verse #3 is a little less clear.  It sound like "vines," though it's conceivable he's saying "wines" or "winds" as in "winding road," but it's definitely a long "i" sound, not "winds" as in "the four winds."  The first verse I also copied from the liner notes for the Ochs CD, as well as listening to them.

CHANGES  (Phil Ochs © 1963, renewed 1991 Barricade Music, Inc.)

1.  Sit by my side, come as close as the air,
Share in a memory of gray;
And wander in my words,
and Dream about the pictures that I play of changes.

2.  Green leaves of summer turn red in the fall.
To brown and to yellow they fade.
And then they have to die,
Trapped within the circle-time serpentine parade of changes.

3.  Scenes of my young years were warm in my mind,
Visions of shadows that shine,
Till one day I returned and found to find they were the
Victims of the vines winds of changes.

4.  The world's spinning madly, it drifts in the dark,
Swings through a hollow of haze,
A race around the stars,
A journey through the  universe ablaze with changes.

5.  Moments of magic will glow in the night;
All fears of the forest are gone,
But when the morning breaks
They're swept away by golden drops of dawn, of changes.

6.  Passions will part to a strange melody.
As fires will sometimes burn cold.
Like petals in the wind,
We're puppets to the silver strings of souls, of changes.

6.  Your tears will be trembling.  Now we're somewhere else.
One last cup of wine we will pour,
And I'll kiss you one more time,
And leave you on the rolling river shores of changes.

(repeat first verse)

DT:  Recorded by Phil Ochs, also Ian & Sylvia - Play One More
Copyright Appleseed Music, Inc.
The CD liner notes I have (a 3-CD set, "Farewell & Fantasies" [Elektra]) gives the copyright info for "Changes" as "© 1963, renewed 1991 Barricade Music, Inc."