The Verve — Bitter Sweet Symphony
Album: Urban Hymns
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Released: 1997
Length: 5:50
Plays (last 30 days): 1
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet, you're a slave to the money, then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah

No change, I can change, I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mould, I am here in my mould
But I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mould, no, no, no, no, no

Well, I've never prayed but tonight I'm on my knees, yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airwaves are clean and there's nobody singing to me now

No change, I can change, I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mould, I am here in my mould
And I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mould, no, no, no, no, no

Have you ever been down?
I can't change it you know, I can't change it

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet, trying to find some money, then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places where all the veins meet, yeah

You know I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
But I'm here in my mould, I am here in my mould
And I'm a million different people from one day to the next
I can't change my mould, no, no, no, no, no
I can't change my mould, no, no, no, no, no
I can't change my mould, no, no, no, no, no

You've got to change my mould, no, no, no
(It's just sex and violence, melody and silence)
(Gotta, can't change my violence, melody and silence)
(Gotta, can't change my violence, melody and silence)

(I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down)
(Gotta, can't change my violence, melody and silence)
(I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down)
(Gotta, can't change my violence, melody and silence)

(Been down)
(Ever been down)
(Can't change my violence, melody and silence)
(Ever been down)
(Ever been down)
(Ever been down)

(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)
(Have you ever been down?)
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Kind of bittersweet that Allen Klein has been dead for nine years.
 ziggytrix wrote:

That's a slight misconception. Jagger and Richards got their names added to the songwriting credit, but it was their old manager Allen Klein who made off with the profits since he owned all their music from before '70.

 
That's correct. Jagger & Richards got nothing from that lawsuit. It was an Allen Klein production all the way.
 Sandra_Jacobsen wrote:
Beautiful but played WAY to much.
 

 
Magnificent!  And the Stones get paid when it plays... crazy how life works sometimes.
 vanillagorilla wrote:
Was overplayed back then...like it now..I heard somewhere that all royalties went to Jagger/Richards as it was a melody they wrote...like they need any money from this popular tune

 
That's a slight misconception. Jagger and Richards got their names added to the songwriting credit, but it was their old manager Allen Klein who made off with the profits since he owned all their music from before '70.
Answer the damn phone.
One of my all time fav songs. The older I get, the higher my rating on this song goes.
The singer sounds like he's sick. This song always made me feel kinda sick too. Just got played again... r-r-r-r-ralph!
Gosh, I STILL love hearing this.... some things never grow old.
Beautiful but played WAY to much.
 
Hear this way way too much. Plus it's not that good to begin with. Please stop?
 Jakethemuss wrote:

Annoying video as well.  If he walked over the bonnet (or hood maybe) of my car I'd pursue him for damages via the appropriate channels.  Good manners don't cost anything.

 
......hhhmmmmmm - should someone explain here that music videos DO NOT relay real live?? {#Stupid}
Naaaaahhhhhhh...here ignorance is bliss! {#Iamwithstupid}
 greiffenstein wrote:
I don't understand the fascination with this song.  Bland melody, uninspired lyrics, flat voice.  It's like a slice of white bread.  Now it's stale white bread. 

 
Annoying video as well.  If he walked over the bonnet (or hood maybe) of my car I'd pursue him for damages via the appropriate channels.  Good manners don't cost anything.
I don't understand the fascination with this song.  Bland melody, uninspired lyrics, flat voice.  It's like a slice of white bread.  Now it's stale white bread. 
Was overplayed back then...like it now..I heard somewhere that all royalties went to Jagger/Richards as it was a melody they wrote...like they need any money from this popular tune
Three times in 30 days? Enough for a while.
More then...
Banda.sonora.de.mi vida...
Sound track of my life ...
Sonny Bono resurrected {#Yes}
 TravelRat wrote:
Fun memories attached to this song...{#Boohoo}{#Cheers}

 

No kidding. Takes me back to a Summer many moons ago...an unlimited Eurail pass, the French countryside flicking by my window and on to the next adventure...ahhh. 


I love the video too! {#Yes}