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Lucinda Williams — Changed the Locks
Album: Lucinda Williams
Avg rating:
6.2

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Total ratings: 379









Released: 1988
Length: 3:42
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I changed the lock on my front door
So you can't see me anymore
And you can't come inside my house
And you can't lie down on my couch
I changed the lock on my front door

I changed the number on my phone
So you can't call me up at home
And you can't say those things to me
That make me fall down on my knees
I changed the number on my phone

I changed the kind of car I drive
So you can't see me when I go by
And you can't chase me up the street
And you can't knock me off of my feet
I changed the kind of car I drive

I changed the kind of clothes I wear
So you can't find me anywhere
And you can't spot me in a crowd
And you can't call my name out loud
I changed the kind of clothes I wear

I changed the tracks underneath the train
So you can't find me again
And you can't trace my path
And you can't hear my laugh
I changed the tracks underneath the train

I changed the name of this town
So you can't follow me down
And you can't touch me like before
And you can't make me want you more
I changed the name of this town

I changed the lock on my front door
I changed the number on my phone
I changed the kind of car I drive
I changed the kind of clothes I wear

I changed the tracks underneath the train
I changed the name of this town
I changed the name of this town
I changed the name of this town
Comments (52)add comment
 Ihatethissong wrote:
yeah well I gave it a 10
and RP ain't going to stop playing it no matter how much you whine
and yeah I said ain't so bite it
 
wavering at 8, now its a 10.
Not so good...EH?
 carlos65 wrote:
Poor vocal, but doesn't she sound young on this. I think she got better as she got older. 
 

She has the kind of voice that just works with the music perfectly.  
angry chick. 
Hey! What's my ex wife doin out here?
Gah! This is horrible!
yeah well I gave it a 10
and RP ain't going to stop playing it no matter how much you whine
and yeah I said ain't so bite it
Lucinda is awesome.
I'm glad later versions improved this good song because this one is painful.
 teadye wrote:
Time to turn RP off. The single most untalented performer in the playlist. I have never heard this particular song but could smell Lucinda a mile away. Oh well! Must be the fake-o Southern accent and off key pseudo country whine... Nothing worse than someone "putting on" country IMHO. I put down tools and climbed down off a ladder just to turn her off and write this complaint....
 

 bobcouch wrote:
It sounds like maybe she should just move.
 

Yeah right? An awful lot of changing things in her environment, may as well. Or, she might just change her thought patterns and keep all her stuff!
It sounds like maybe she should just move.
She didn't change the notes often enough for my ears.  PSD.  Chrissie Hynde she's not.
Poor vocal, but doesn't she sound young on this. I think she got better as she got older. 
Great song, but Lucinda isn't quite pulling it off vocally. I think she got better at using her voice as time went on.
CHANGE the song... Baaad!
 easmann wrote:
The "Live @ The Fillmore" version is more raucous and is superior I think. An obviously polarizing song from a polarizing artist and I like it very much.

 
Totally agree with this.  Studio recordings of Lucinda dont show her real talent... the first time I heard the double CD set of The Fillmore concert, I was sold on her awesome ability to perform.     'Got my mojo workin' now!'
I love(d) Lucinda until she burned her voice out (same thing we all partook in in the 80's -- well most of us) but once her voice was gone I just could not stand to hear her.

And this song in particular really grates me the wrong way.  One of the top ten 100 songs I leap across the room to turn  down.  

Sorry Lucinda.
Here I am complimenting easmann again, this time for taking the time to type out the full lyrics of the song - which will stay with me
like a poem
(as I've stated elsewhere in my comment on Lyle LovettThe Road To Ensenada ).

While I just don't dig her singing them, the lyrics are haunting and beautiful. I'd like to hear someone else having a shot at them. I don't know who. Maybe Chrissie Hynde, maybe Janis Joplin... I know, I know, but she'd do them justice...

Williams just sound almost like she didn't write this herself - she can't bring those words to life. Maybe it's just me.
I love this song!!!!  Gets me feelin good!  Love it!
The (YouTube: Changed The Locks), Live @ The Fillmore version is more raucous and is superior I think. An obviously polarizing song from a polarizing artist and I like it very much.
Admit it, all you haters, Lucinda can do no wrong.
strick wrote:
Normally, I can tolerate her, maybe even like some of her stuff...but this is godawful !!!! :puke:
I wouldn't go quite that far, but it's definitely unpleasant, IMO.
teadye wrote:
Time to turn RP off. The single most untalented performer in the playlist. I have never heard this particular song but could smell Lucinda a mile away. Oh well! Must be the fake-o Southern accent and off key pseudo country whine... Nothing worse than someone "putting on" country IMHO. I put down tools and climbed down off a ladder just to turn her off and write this complaint....
Most probably the MOST uneducated comment I've heard yet. No. Wait. It IS the MOST uneducated comment I've heard.
Horrible. White trash without the pathos.
Wow, lots of negative comments on this one. Gee, I kind of liked it myself...">
tg3k wrote:
Nope. Doesn't work at all for me. Plodding, repetitive, somewhat out of tune, with all of 2 chords in the progression. :rolleyes:
Plodding! That's the word I was looking for.......
bostonbeerguy wrote:
I remember this being a much more uptempo tune. Is there another version of it?
There is; a version by Tom Petty on the "She's The One" soundtrack. It is leaps and bounds more enjoyable.
And I changed the channel.
teadye wrote:
Time to turn RP off. The single most untalented performer in the playlist. I have never heard this particular song but could smell Lucinda a mile away. Oh well! Must be the fake-o Southern accent and off key pseudo country whine... Nothing worse than someone "putting on" country IMHO. I put down tools and climbed down off a ladder just to turn her off and write this complaint....
:yes:
teadye wrote:
... Must be the fake-o Southern accent and off key pseudo country whine... Nothing worse than someone "putting on" country IMHO....
Well, it seems to work for Dwight!
Not terrible, but Tom Petty does it so much better.
Normally, I can tolerate her, maybe even like some of her stuff...but this is godawful !!!! :puke:
Time to turn RP off. The single most untalented performer in the playlist. I have never heard this particular song but could smell Lucinda a mile away. Oh well! Must be the fake-o Southern accent and off key pseudo country whine... Nothing worse than someone "putting on" country IMHO. I put down tools and climbed down off a ladder just to turn her off and write this complaint....
Kurt_from_La_Qui wrote:
HEY! an accepted upload!
Thanks Kurt for the upload. Made me come in from the kithen to see who was playing. A 9.
I changed the station on the radio So I don't have to hear this song no mo' Ok, sorry. Couldn't resist. Just don't much care for her voice. Saw her live once (she was opening for the Jayhawks, who were amazing) and she was just *sloppy* -- all over the place pitch-wise. (Which, admittedly, might be a "styling", but it's one that doesn't do anything for me.)
kaupmees wrote:
I like the lyrics. Thanks for the new Lucinda :nodhead: And this is my first first comment. Too bad it's not that insightful, but hey. :mrgreen:
This song is from one of her older CDs (the eponymous album) which came out in 1998 :smile:
Nope. Doesn't work at all for me. Plodding, repetitive, somewhat out of tune, with all of 2 chords in the progression. She could be singing the best lyrics known to man, and it wouldn't change any of the above. I like a fair number of Lucinda's songs, but this piece isn't one of them. :roll:
Well... So much for getting the lyrics together... Wish she had found some music to go/with. :(
I remember this being a much more uptempo tune. Is there another version of it?
What CD is this on? (Or did she change the name? LOL!)
jerseygirl wrote:
can't stand this woman. she is so fucking pretenious!! yuck.
kettle to pot, "You are black!" oh, and that's pretenTious....
anniebear wrote:
Lucinda Williams R O C K S!!!!! Frelling fantastic artist! God damn she is one powerful artist! LoveloveloveLOVE her!
Ditto.
Lucinda Williams R O C K S!!!!! Frelling fantastic artist! God damn she is one powerful artist! LoveloveloveLOVE her!
can't stand this woman. she is so fucking pretenious!! yuck.
BGGA wrote:
Nope, I still don't like her, even if she is covering Tom Petty.
You have that a bit backwards.
Nope, I still don't like her, even if she is covering Tom Petty.
I like LW, but Tom Petty did a MUCH better job on this, even if she wrote it.
kaupmees wrote:
I like the lyrics. Thanks for the new Lucinda :nodhead: And this is my first first comment. Too bad it's not that insightful, but hey. :mrgreen:
Wow, I was about to say, "isn't this a Tom Petty song," but All Music tells me it's actually a Lucinda Williams song, I've just never heard her doing it before...nice.
No wonder she can't find her "Joy"! :P
HEY! an accepted upload!
I like the lyrics. Thanks for the new Lucinda :nodhead: And this is my first first comment. Too bad it's not that insightful, but hey. :mrgreen: