The Verve — Bitter Sweet Symphony
Album: Urban Hymns
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Released: 1997
Length: 5:50
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'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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 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}
It's a bittersweet symphony.Jein ?
Perfect song for Throwback Thursday!  Rewinding in 3....2...1...
"Best song Jagger and Richard wrote in 20 years."

it just drones on and on 


Excellent piece of music.
 TravelRat wrote:
Fun memories attached to this song...{#Boohoo}{#Cheers}

 
Totally agree, a song from a great period in life!
Fun memories attached to this song...{#Boohoo}{#Cheers}
 TomJB wrote:
{#Sunny}

 
yes, very nice song!
{#Sunny}
One of my life time favourite

 
 aspicer wrote:
Brilliant tune.  They totally nailed this...

2 Cents:  ridiculous Stones pursued them for part of the song that has their riff that is not really even audible...give the underdogs a break?! 

 
Scroll down a little in this thread; it's been clarified many, many times already.
Richard Ashcroft is pretty good at giving a really simple song an anthem like quality. Lucky Man is the same.
 aspicer wrote:
Brilliant tune.  They totally nailed this...

2 Cents:  ridiculous Stones pursued them for part of the song that has their riff that is not really even audible...give the underdogs a break?!

 

 
Not exactly true.
Brilliant tune.  They totally nailed this...

2 Cents:  ridiculous Stones pursued them for part of the song that has their riff that is not really even audible...give the underdogs a break?!

 
 h8rhater wrote:

Ears not working too well, eh? 

Maybe some musical training for them WOULD be useful.

 
I know "The Last Time" by the Stones very well and I've listened to the Andrew Oldham Orchestra many, many times and i can barely tell that it's the same song... are you actually saying that you can clearly hear (and, let's say, sing the lyrics to) the Stones version of The Last Time in the Oldham version?
 kingart wrote:

Sounds like someone got a dose of My Sweet Lord itis. It could be my unmusically trained ears, but although I can "hear" that Stones tune, I can't HEAR it all that blatantly. 

 
Ears not working too well, eh? 

Maybe some musical training for them WOULD be useful.
Geil!!!!!!
 Relayer wrote:
This is a quality song, and it is a shame that their producer/record company were too stupid to credit the Stones, and as a result the band was punished harshly. 

I don't expect a bunch of young musicians to really know their way around copyrights, but he producer and record company should have known better.

 
Lots of misinformation about that lawsuit posted here. It wasn't about a failure to properly credit anyone, and they weren't sued by 'The Stones".  The Wikipedia article has the correct story.
 Catalytic wrote:
The overuse of the looping violins has me dropping it a point just about each time I hear it. It's down to a "2" now...

  

lewie221 wrote:

Yep. Once you notice it, you can't ignore it.

I quite liked this track until you pointed that out!

 
Oh no!!!!.... When this song started up, I was asking myself why - although I like it a lot - it always depresses me. And then I started reading listeners' comments, and realised what depresses me. It's that constant repetition of a lovely musical phrase that cycles over and over, endlessly ... world without end. And I feel sad. Good thing I never even listened to the lyrics. I might go and jump off a bridge.
 hempmandan wrote:
OMG where is that like button? Better yet that LMFAO button....well played sir


 
thatslongformud wrote:
I can't change my Moe!


 


  {#Clap}

OMG where is that like button? Better yet that LMFAO button....well played sir


 
thatslongformud wrote:
I can't change my Moe!


 

I can't change my Moe!

 yofitofu wrote:
What a shame the band never saw one penny of royalties from this song after the Stones sued them - for sampling tracks off a  Andrew Oldham Orchestra recording of the Stones "The Last Time".

Here's what they supposedly stole - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKC5cdGBY04
 

 
Sounds like someone got a dose of My Sweet Lord itis. It could be my unmusically trained ears, but although I can "hear" that Stones tune, I can't HEAR it all that blatantly. 
Lost them completely these days.  Can't bear the fake accent.  The bloke's a northerner.
Again?! You only need to play this once a year, that sampled violin riff repeats enough times to cover all 365 days in one go.
So Utterly, Utterly Boring!!
{#Stop}
 Catalytic wrote:
The overuse of the looping violins has me dropping it a point just about each time I hear it. It's down to a "2" now...

 
Yep. Once you notice it, you can't ignore it.

I quite liked this track until you pointed that out!
This is a quality song, and it is a shame that their producer/record company were too stupid to credit the Stones, and as a result the band was punished harshly. 

I don't expect a bunch of young musicians to really know their way around copyrights, but he producer and record company should have known better.
In the video, the singer keeps on bumping into people, acting like a total jerk, hurting everyone who gets in his way.  "I can't change, I can't change, no, I can't change ... yeah, I'm here in my mode."  In my experience, life gets sweeter, but only if we are willing to change. Great song, though.
The overuse of the looping violins has me dropping it a point just about each time I hear it. It's down to a "2" now...
 RandomousJam wrote:
After legal actions, songwriting credits for this song were changed to Jagger/Richards/Ashcroft, and 100% of royalties go to the Rolling Stones. Despite the fact that the use of the background loop (Andrew Oldham Orchestra) had been negotiated.

Bitter Sweet is about right.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitter_Sweet_Symphony

 
Read your link; royalties go to Allen B. Klein, owner of ABKCO Records and owner of pre-1970 Rolling Stones material.
*yawn*
X-cellent! :-)