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Blind Melon — Change
Album: Blind Melon
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Released: 1992
Length: 3:38
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I don't feel the sun's coming out today
It's staying in... It's gonna find another way(yeah)
As I sit here in this misery I don't
Think I'll ever See the sun from here

And oh as I fade away
They'll all look at me and say, and they'll say,
Hey, look at him I'll never live that way
But that's ok,
They're just afraid to change

And when you feel life ain't worth living
You've got to stand up, and
Take a look around, then you look up way to the sky
And when your deepest thoughts are broken,
Keep on dreamin' boy, 'cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die

And as we all play parts of tomorrow
Some ways we'll work, and other ways we'll play
But I know we can't all stay here forever
So I will write my words on the face of today....
And they'll paint it

And oh As I fade away
They'll all look at me and say, and they'll say
Hey look at him, and where he is these days
When life is hard you have to change
When life is hard you have to change
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Powerful song about change from a guy who was apparently unable to change. 

Still I try to live by his words.
Kurt Cobain
Shannon Hoon
Scott Weiland
Chris Cornell
Layne Staley
Bradley Nowell
…this list goes on and on.   This is what happens when Grunge picked up the heroin lifestyle and glamorized it after everyone else and figured out that it was a dead end with the tragic losses in the 70s.  

But Eddie Vedder lives, we should be very grateful for that.
Damn, I just love this song. Still holds up for me after all these years 
I'll never stop laughing about Ozzy Osbourne calling them "Blonde Melon".
Ohhhh Shannon ,,,,, rip,,,,,
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
Makes me want to piss all over a crowd of people.

 
I know exactly what you mean...

Wet festival 
Makes me want to piss all over a crowd of people.
 zepher wrote:
Channel your inner bee.....




 


My brain wants to change the final line to, "Life is hard when you have to change". Gives it a different feel.
This is so much better than their big hit song.
What a voice, goosebumps!
 NoEnzLefttoSplit wrote:

you rented a house out to a drummer!? +10 on the scales of awesomeness Waaay cool.

 
Yeah but maybe the neighbors weren't so happy about it {#Drummer} 
{#Laughing}
 cathstewart94 wrote:
I met Glenn Graham, the drummer, a few years after this album - serious musician, nice family, good renter.  Hope that he's still productive and doing what he loves. 

 
you rented a house out to a drummer!? +10 on the scales of awesomeness Waaay cool.
 dubberdan wrote:
One of the tracks to my teenage years! Yeehaa!

 
Same here. Hotboxing the car in the 90's and listening to this album.
Yes. Great choice. We we used to listen to this album like crazy in high school back in the 90's. Probably went through about 3 of these tapes. We used to pan the song to one side so it was just vocals. Made my day, thank you.
 Well, My pet dream of tomorrow.
One of the tracks to my teenage years! Yeehaa!
OW
Turning it way up.
UGH!
 jamelch wrote:
I get chills every time he gets to the part "When you feel life ain't worth livin"...I hear echos of Janice in that voice.  A shame that he was gone too soon.

 
well, if he is so great then he left just in time like all the other greats before him...
I'll never get sick of this song!  Or this album.  Truly underrated talent, and a sound that keeps me interested.  Too bad Shannon Hoon had to be such a wild man.
 
it may not be everyone's darlin, but I really love this album
 
Never heard this group--sorry short-lived...riffing some Allman Bros.
"...When your deepest thoughts are broken, keep on dreaming boy, because when you stop dreaming it's time to die..."

All time favorite from this great, short lived band.

 
Channel your inner bee.....




Lots of really good things happening in this song but the vocal delivery is right off the charts.
I met Glenn Graham, the drummer, a few years after this album - serious musician, nice family, good renter.  Hope that he's still productive and doing what he loves. 
I love this song- the sound, the truth of the thought behind it- it raises the hairs on my arms every time.
One of my most favourite songs of all times!! Never heard this on RP before actually.  Weird!  I sing and play this one on my guitar regularly.  This entire album is amazing and I can never get sick of listening to it.  Shannon Hoon you left us too soon!!
 junebaby65 wrote:
Thought it was the Black Crowes for a sec.

 
{#Yes}
I get chills every time he gets to the part "When you feel life ain't worth livin"...I hear echos of Janice in that voice.  A shame that he was gone too soon.
Thought it was the Black Crowes for a sec.
 Rick_V wrote:
Always loved this song. Great pick, Bill!

 
.........  ditto 7 >>>>>>>>>>> 8   {#Cheers}
wow. cool song. I'm guilty of only knowing one song by these guys...
YAY  {#Music}
 coloradojohn wrote:
Yeah, got '92 all over it, but that's how I love to remember it. I like how I still like it, and how it reminds me to keep moving: things change...

 
Well said.  8 -> 9
Always loved this song. Great pick, Bill!
 kingart wrote:

Actually, I think pumpkins are classed as a vegetable. Tomatoes, thought of as a vegetable, are actually a fruit. 
Botany class is over. Back to RP recess.  

 
Botanically, pumpkins are "classed" as fruits - they have self-contained seeds and are the ripened ovaries of flowering plants, as are tomatoes.  Vegetables are generally stems, buds, roots, bulbs, or leaves of edible plants.  Sorry for interrupting recess: as you were.
Yeah, got '92 all over it, but that's how I love to remember it. I like how I still like it, and how it reminds me to keep moving: things change...
Ya whatever ...  pass the heroin ...
This song is so good…

I don't feel the sun's comin' out today

It's staying in, it's gonna find another way.

As I sit here in this misery,

I don't think I'll ever, no lord, see the sun from here.

And oh as I fade away,

They'll all look at me and say, and they'll say,

"Hey look at him, I'll never live that way."

But that's okay, they're just afraid to change.

And when you feel your life ain't worth living

You've got to stand up and take a look around you

Then a look way up to the sky.

And when your deepest thoughts are broken,

Keep on dreaming, boy, 'cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die.

And as we all play parts of tomorrow,

Some ways we'll work and other ways we'll play.

But I know we can't all stay here forever,

So I want to write my words on the face of today

...And then they'll paint it

And oh as I fade away,

They'll all look at me and say, they'll say,

"Hey look at him and where he is these days."

When life is hard, you have to change.

When life is hard, you have to change.

 
 PopKombo wrote:

How about Smashing Pumpkins?  Pumpkins are scientifically speaking, a fruit.  Oh, and Bananarama and Tangerine Dream.



 
Actually, I think pumpkins are classed as a vegetable. Tomatoes, thought of as a vegetable, are actually a fruit. 
Botany class is over. Back to RP recess.  
 kingart wrote:
Bands with a fruit in or for their name

Blind Melon
Lemonheads
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Moby Grape
The Cranberries
The Raspberries

There's more. Can't recall them. Help me out, RPers. 
 
 

 PopKombo wrote:

How about Smashing Pumpkins?  Pumpkins are scientifically speaking, a fruit.  Oh, and Bananarama and Tangerine Dream.


 dsd wrote:

Electric Prunes (someone has to say it)
 
Fiona Apple?  Don or Neneh Cherry?  Chuck Berry?
 Cynaera wrote:
Bumped from 8 to 9.  Dammit, Shannon Hoon - wrong place, wrong time, wrong choices... We could sure use your music now.
 
Miss you, Cynaera...
 
 scraig wrote:
i hate heroin. seriously retarded.
 
I believe it was cocaine that killed Shannon.
 PopKombo wrote:

How about Smashing Pumpkins?  Pumpkins are scientifically speaking, a fruit.  Oh, and Bananarama and Tangerine Dream.
 
Electric Prunes (someone has to say it)
 kingart wrote:
Bands with a fruit in or for their name

Blind Melon
Lemonheads
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Moby Grape
The Cranberries
The Raspberries

There's more. Can't recall them. Help me out, RPers. 
 
 
How about Smashing Pumpkins?  Pumpkins are scientifically speaking, a fruit.  Oh, and Bananarama and Tangerine Dream.


One of my faves from this great but short lived band. The light that burns twice as fast burns twice as bright. Peace.

"Keep on dreaming boy, cause when you stop dreamin' it's time to die."
Bands with a fruit in or for their name

Blind Melon
Lemonheads
Strawberry Alarm Clock
Moby Grape
The Cranberries
The Raspberries

There's more. Can't recall them. Help me out, RPers. 
 
i hate heroin. seriously retarded.
 GuiltyFeat wrote:
20 years ago this sounded like it was from 20 years ago.
 
Really, it was never a good band.
 emh wrote:
Saw them open for the Stones at Three Rivers. I was going for the Stones, didn't really know or care about Blind Melon.  Expecting them to be marginal, they ended up being one of my most pleasant live show surprises.  Not just decent live, they were really good.
 
i was at that show!! i agree - it was good.
i am from pgh.
 Kaisersosay wrote:
Too young,,,too young
 
i forget, was it drugs?
Too young,,,too young
Saw them open for the Stones at Three Rivers. I was going for the Stones, didn't really know or care about Blind Melon.  Expecting them to be marginal, they ended up being one of my most pleasant live show surprises.  Not just decent live, they were really good.
In the words of a number of artists "Only the good die young" This was obviously before the time of Amy Winehouse.
Play Mouthfull of Cavities!
Very. Good. Music.

RIP Shannon Hoon


is that Little Miss Sunshine on the cover art?
Just brilliant.
Had a chance to see these guys live in a smallish venue just as No Rain was breaking - I think they went on to tour with the Stones later that year? Anyway, they were so good, you could really tell they were playing music light years ahead of some of the so-called jam bands they got compared to during that era. Real talents, such a profound bummer about Shannon.
Nice!
But I know we can't all stay here forever,
So I want to write my words on the face of today
...And then they'll paint it 

Love this tune.

singer reminds me of the singer from Jane's Addiction
 Cynaera wrote:
Bumped from 8 to 9.  Dammit, Shannon Hoon - wrong place, wrong time, wrong choices... We could sure use your music now.
 

Wow...I sure agree with you on that!
Bumped from 8 to 9.  Dammit, Shannon Hoon - wrong place, wrong time, wrong choices... We could sure use your music now.
Perhaps my favorite song of theirs. Always have to turn it up.
 Gryn wrote:

It can't be helped.. Some people simply don't have the intellect to appreciate music as good as this.
 
It can be argued that taste and aesthetics, philosophically, have little to do with "intellect" or reason, but feel free to insult those who do not agree with your tastes if it makes you feel better.

 ckcotton wrote:
Great tune.... but my wife can't stand these guys for some reason.... like fingers on chalk board.... frankly I don't see how you can't appreciate it
 
send her my way...

This song takes me back to the 90's when I lived in Northern California...
Bee girl!
 jukes1 wrote:


From Klosterman's blog:

"People will never stop talking about the handful of musicians who died at age 27 <...>. Otis Redding died at 26 and Bradley Nowell died at 28, so they won't be mentioned the next time some bozo writes a story about "The Curse of 27.""

 
Exactly... I'm sure lots of musicians died at 25, and at 26, and at 28 (like Shannon), and so on... I have a feeling that if you average it all out, 27 has absolutely no significance.  In fact, I would further suggest that you would just start to see a bit of a rise around 75 or 80, but that doesn't make news...

20 years ago this sounded like it was from 20 years ago.
 romeotuma wrote:


Shannon Hoon death from a cocaine overdose in 1995... wasn't he 27? Another sad sad loss... this is a fine song...
 

From Klosterman's blog:

"People will never stop talking about the handful of musicians who died at age 27 <...>. Otis Redding died at 26 and Bradley Nowell died at 28, so they won't be mentioned the next time some bozo writes a story about "The Curse of 27.""

Local kid, good athlete in high school, got hooked up with the wrong group, buried in a local cemetery..


Shannon Hoon death from a cocaine overdose in 1995... wasn't he 27? Another sad sad loss... this is a fine song...



 jonahboo wrote:


it's cheaper to keep her

 
But life is way too short

Looks like somebody's been listenin' to Ray...

 jonahboo wrote:


it's cheaper to keep her
 

 TreborG2 wrote:
You do know, divorce can be cheap... :)
 

it's cheaper to keep her

 ckcotton wrote:
Great tune.... but my wife can't stand these guys for some reason.... like fingers on chalk board.... frankly I don't see how you can't appreciate it
  You do know, divorce can be cheap... :)


Noise.
 cousinkill wrote:
Man, this one takes me back to high school. Wore it out in my Monte Carlo's cassette deck! Love=>10
 

:)

'78 Regal for me
Yes, this is a good band. Sadly for some reason, commercial radio tried to sully their good name by force feeding just one song of their repertoire down our throats breeding undeserved resentment and non recognition of their talents.
Movie with a bee was good on a old MTV «120 Minutes», who was remember. Was liked it. Actually because of him this group of memorable for me.

 S-curvy wrote:
Excellent Bill!  I never would have expected to hear Blind Melon on RP.
 

?
 EssexTex wrote:
One of the best songs ever
 

From one of the most underrated bands. 
One of the best songs ever
 ick wrote:
Shannon, it's too bad you couldn't make the necessary changes that may have kept you alive.
 

x2 {#Sad}
Janis Joplin? 
lovin' it!!
Man, this one takes me back to high school. Wore it out in my Monte Carlo's cassette deck! Love=>10
 Gryn wrote:

It can't be helped.. Some people simply don't have the intellect to appreciate music as good as this.

 

After this remark, I can't help but feel relieved that it has been my good fortune to have always liked this band.
Shannon, it's too bad you couldn't make the necessary changes that may have kept you alive.
 Danimal174 wrote:
Maybe I'm different, but determining whether a band is "great" isn't done by the number of hit singles they have, but what impact their music had on their fans. I mean, N'Sync had a ton of singles...were they a great band? Some of my favorite bands are local bands that never made it big; I'd consider them great because of the impact their music has had on my life & what it has meant to me. Blind Melon was one of my favorite bands of the 90's, hit singles or no, and this song is probably my favorite of theirs.

As far as categorizing his death as a tragic loss, I don't see this as any more of a reach than saying the same about Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, or JFK, for that matter. Public figures (entertainers or otherwise) have an impact on people's lives, and the sudden loss of these figures also has an impact. To me, Shannon's death was tragic, in that a) he was a young man in his prime with a young family and his daughter will now have to grow up without a father, and b) his music & lyrics are inspirational, and the fact that he died means that the force behind the music died with him.
 
Nicely said.
Great tune and a simply fantastic CD.  I think you really have to hear the whole thing in its entirety to appreciate how nuanced this band was
 peacockangel wrote:
change? I'm much too scared of change lol
 
sorry I meant ascared

change? I'm much too scared of change lol
7 => 8
 Gryn wrote:

It can't be helped.. Some people simply don't have the intellect to appreciate music as good as this.
 
Intellect?
 ckcotton wrote:
Great tune.... but my wife can't stand these guys for some reason.... like fingers on chalk board.... frankly I don't see how you can't appreciate it
 
It can't be helped.. Some people simply don't have the intellect to appreciate music as good as this.

Great tune.... but my wife can't stand these guys for some reason.... like fingers on chalk board.... frankly I don't see how you can't appreciate it
denmom wrote:

I loved the bee girl and the video! Aren't we all the bee girl, sometimes?


There is an homage (intentional or not) to the 'bee girl' in the film "The Real Dirt on Farmer John" Great film by the way! Available through Netflix.

nice!{#Bananajam}
Great music!
Excellent Bill!  I never would have expected to hear Blind Melon on RP.
 Thistle wrote:
...never realized this guy could wail so well. Great vocalist. I wish he'd stuck to weed. He'd still be wailin'...
R.I.P.
 
agreed
pearl jam wrote a song about the bee girl! {#Cheesygrin}
 leathepea wrote:

I thought the whole album was really strong. Reminds me of sitting in my car, killing time till  my next Art History class, 20th century art. Good memories.

 

This song reminds me of college, also. Spring of '94, we finally had a nice warm sunshine-filled day after about a week of rain and cold, so I decided to blow off my last class of the day and go hiking. This tape was in my Walkman, and I must have listened to this song a dozen times while hiking at Jones Gap, right beside the river. Great times...great memory...great song...great band.


...never realized this guy could wail so well. Great vocalist. I wish he'd stuck to weed. He'd still be wailin'...
R.I.P.
 shawshank wrote:
Jdanzi wrote:
Such a great song, strong 8.
 
{#Yes}
 
{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}{#Yes}

 scraig wrote:
Nice cut RP! I miss the little bee girl. Saw them in SB when they opened for Lenny.
 
I loved the bee girl and the video!  Aren't we all the bee girl, sometimes?

 Welly wrote:
This was the only other track that I liked off this album. Too bad they didn't have longer to develop their voice as a band. I think they really had what it takes.
 
I thought the whole album was really strong. Reminds me of sitting in my car, killing time till  my next Art History class, 20th century art. Good memories.

Jdanzi wrote:
Such a great song, strong 8.
 
{#Yes}


Such a great song, strong 8.
Another Mississippi tragedy
 Welly wrote:
 Too bad they didn't have longer to develop their voice as a band. I think they really had what it takes.
 
yep. wish you'd managed it better, Shannon.

One dead band after another! Nirvana, Ramones, Blind Melon...
O yeah, and the Stones.