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Changes (Black Sabbath song)


Changes (Black Sabbath song)

Song by Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath Vol. 4
Released September, 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:43
Label Warner Bros.
Writer Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward
Producer Patrick Meehan, Black Sabbath

"Changes" is a song by Black Sabbath. It first appeared on Black Sabbath, Vol. 4 which was released in 1972.


The song's piano melody was composed by guitarist Tony Iommi, who was experimenting with the instrument in the studio.[1] "Changes" is a ballad inspired mainly by Bill Ward's ongoing breakup with his first wife.[1] The lyrics were composed by bassist Geezer Butler,[1] and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has referred to the song as "heartbreaking". The song was quite different from Black Sabbath's previous songs, given that this one was characterized by a melodic and downbeat soft rock vibe in sharp contrast to the hard guitar-driven sound the band had become famous for.

The song was never performed live by Black Sabbath until 1995, with Tony Martin on vocals.[2]

Personnel (original version)

Other versions

The song has been covered by numerous artists, including The Cardigans and Overkill. In 1993, Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath's lead vocalist) re-recorded the song himself as a single (taken from the Live & Loud album). The single peaked at number 9 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[3] but failed to chart in the UK. The opening track from UNKLE's second album Never, Never, Land features a prominent sample from the chorus and loops of the mellotron. Eminem samples this song for his track "Going Through Changes" from his 2010 album Recovery.

Released September 30, 2003 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Rock
Length 4:07
Label Sanctuary Records
Kelly Osbourne singles chronology

"Come Dig Me Out"
"Changes" (re-release)

Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne version

Three decades later, Ozzy recorded yet another version of the song, this time with his daughter, Kelly Osbourne as a duet. The revised lyrics for this version, released in 2003, reflect the moments of their life together. The single reached #1 in the UK. It also reached #1 on the Kerrang! UK Download Chart. It also became Birmingham's Big One and was nominated for a Grammy.

According to the Ozzy Osbourne official website, the single sold over 1 million copies.[4]

"Changes (re-release)"
Single by Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne
Released March 2004 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Rock
Label Sanctuary Records
Kelly Osbourne singles chronology

"Changes" (re-release)
"One Word"


  1. "Changes"
  2. "Changes" (Felix Da Housecat Remix)
  3. "Come Dig Me Out" (live)


Year Single Chart Peak position
2003 "Changes" (Felix Da Housecat Remix) U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play 43
"Changes" Irish Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 1

Sales accomplishments

BPI certification[5] (United Kingdom)

Date Designation Total sales
January 23, 2004 Silver 200,000
January 23, 2004 Gold 400,000
Preceded by
"Leave Right Now" by Will Young
UK number-one single
December 14, 2003 – December 21, 2003
Succeeded by
"Mad World" by Michael Andrews & Gary Jules


External links

  • Template:MetroLyrics song

Template:Kelly Osbourne

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