Posted by: Tony Carson | 29 July, 2007

“All my changes were there” — lyric

I was out walking with my iPod yesterday, when Neil Young’s Helpless came on, sung by k.d. lang

It is a beautiful melody, sung wonderfully by lang but what arrested me was that for the first time I thought about the lyric “All my changes were there.” See the lyrics below.

Do I have such a place in my life where “All my changes were there?”

Do you?

Can it be?

To the extent that I bloomed at all, it was late and over a prolonged period so no, I concluded, I don’t have a place where “All my changes were there.”

But it’s a great thought, eh? It would be nice, particularly if it happened, say, in Marrakech in your early 20’s — what an indelible image that would be to carry throughout your life; Northern Ontario would be a pretty good place, too (and was for me).

The full lyric
There is a town in north ontario,
With dream comfort memory to spare,
And in my mind i still need a place to go,
All my changes were there.

Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,
Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows on our eyes.
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless

Baby can you hear me now?
The chains are locked and tied across the door,
Baby, sing with me somehow.
Blue, blue windows behind the stars,
Yellow moon on the rise,Big birds flying across the sky,
Throwing shadows on our eyes.
Leave us

Helpless, helpless, helpless.

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