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There'll Be Some Changes Made

    (Higgins - Overstreet) Photo of Ethel Waters.

Transcribed from vocals by Ethel Waters, recorded 8/1921.
From Ethel Waters 1921 - 1923, The Chronogical Classics, vol. 796.

They say don't change the old for the new;
But I've found out that this will never do;
When you grow old, you don't last long,
You're just here, my honey, then you're gone;
I loved a man for many years gone by,
I thought his love for me would never die;
He made a change and said I would not do,
So now I'm going to make some changes, too.

Why, there's a change in the weather, there's a change in the sea,
So from now on there'll be a change in me,
My walk will be be different, my talk, and my name,
Nothing about me's going to be the same;
I'm gonna change my long tall one for a little short 'n fat,
I'm gonna change my number that I'm living at;
Because nobody wants you when you're old and gray.
There's gonna be some changes made today,
There'll be some changes made.

Why, there's a change in the weather, there's a change in the sea,
So from now on there'll be a change in me,
Why, my walk will be be different, and my talk, and my name,
Nothing about me gonna be the same;
I'm gonna change my way of living, and that ain't no shock,
Why, I'm thinking of changin' the way I gotta set my clock,
Because nobody wants you when you're old and gray.
There's gonna be some changes made today,
There'll be some changes made.



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Published 5/12/99.

Ethel Waters starred in both the stage and film version of Cabin in the Sky. The movie also starred Lena Horne and Eddie "Rochester" Anderson. Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington had minor roles. Waters commented in her remarkable autobiography, His Eye is on the Sparrow, that she didn't enjoy making the movie -- too much behind-the-scenes back-biting.


 
 

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