"Everything Changes" as written by Aaron Lewis, Michael Mushok, Jonathan Wysocki and John April....
If you just walked away
What could I really say?
Would it matter anyway?
Would it change how you feel?

I am the mess you chose
The closet you cannot close
The devil in you I suppose
Cause the wounds never heal

But everything changes
If I could
Turn back the years
If you could
Learn to forgive me
Then I could learn to feel

Sometimes the things I say
In moments of disarray
Succumbing to the games we play
To make sure that it's real

But everything changes
If I could
Turn back the years
If you could
Learn to forgive me
Then I could learn to feel

When it's just me and you
Who knows what we could do
If we can just make it through
The toughest part of the day

But everything changes
If I could
Turn back the years
If you could
Learn to forgive me
Then I could
Learn how to feel
Then we could
Stay here together
And we could
Conquer the world
If we could
Say that forever
Is more than just a word

If you just walked away
What could I really say?
And would it matter anyway?
It wouldn't change how you feel


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"Everything Changes" as written by Aaron Lewis, Michael Mushok, Jonathan Wysocki, John April

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    My Interpretationthis song is a-mazing. i fell in love with it when i first heard it. i mostly agree with Flintstones. I think the guy has been hurt before so he is scared to open up to this new girl. so he puts his guards up. i have been in relationships when the guy had his guards up. it sucks. you are never exactly sure how they feel and sometimes they do stupid stuff and you dont understand it. so in this song i think he guy fell in love with this girl, but he gave her the wrong impression. so when she tries to leave him, he feels like an idiot. when he says "If you just walked away, What could I really say? Would it matter anyway? Would it change how you feel? I am the mess you chose, The closet you cannot close." that shows that he doesnt have a good enough reason to give this girl. he is obviously putting himself down by saying he is a mess and a closet you can't close. However, I am confused about the "devil in you i suppose cuz the wounds never heal". I don't get it. but my absolute favorite part of the song is "say that forever is more than just a word".its impossible to live forever, but love can last forever. Even when people die, memories of their love remain. Forever is more than just a word when you find the one person who you love so much, and the love between you can never die.
    guitarbrat5592on April 09, 2009   Link
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    MemoryI would have to say this is my first response to a song on this site... but out of any song in my life right now this hits the deepest.

    basically i am 22 yrs old... i got with my high school sweet heart when i was seventeen. our relationship lasted for about five years. nothing he or i can do will let us move on still to this day.

    if we could just turn back the years and forgive each other we would be the happiest people i know.
    it sucks when you love someone so much and you've been together for so long but that so long brings along alot of past with it. in our case we we're young, he did his dirt, i did mine... but regardless of it all the love is real.

    we're goin through some rough times right now... both of us tried to move on but we are miserable.
    every time we try to get it back to like it was it seems to take to long and someone just walks away and there is nothing the other can do about it...

    **When it's just me and you
    Who knows what we could do?
    If we can just make it through
    The toughest part of the day


    when you know that someone special is so important to you that your willing to change and you want them to stick by your side and try also... this song will have you finding yourself on the floor curled up in a ball wishing it could work.
    way2sharp4youon July 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAnyone that has loved and lost on account of themselves can relate to this song.

    If you have you know the feeling of the world around you melting and the feeling in your heart you get the first time it really hits you that you screwed this perfect place up... The cold overwhelming emptiness that leaves you breathless.

    To roll over in the middle of the night and reach for someone only to find it was a dream. Its been a dream... Your still alone. And you have no one to blame but yourself.

    "If you just walked away, What could I really say? Would it matter anyways? Would it change how you feel?" This part is deep for me. You can hear it in his voice(i like the acoustic version the best). His feelings are on fire. He wants more than anything to wrap her up in his arms. For her to trust him. For her to let go and let him in again. But she won't. Its too late and nothing that he could possibly do or say will change the way she feels anymore.
    She's all he wants... but she's gone... and he's stuck knowing that the chance that only comes around once in this life has passed him by and its his fault.

    I feel this man. I hear this song and i want to drop to my knees and let go. How do you feel toward someone again when you lose that person you want to spend the rest of your life with because of your actions?

    I didnt hear this song until recently but I havent taken it off repeat yet. Next to Zoe Jane this song is the most meaningful of all of staind's songs.
    MikeyB0407on September 03, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I am the mess you chose, the closet you cannot close." Perfect
    shempdevilon August 13, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthe best song on the album by far, this song must be for his wife Vanessa for putting up with Aaron's problems.I know exactly how he feels i have been there and still my wounds won't heal.
    scottecooperon August 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA very passive way of looking at his marriage. Saying she has the right to walk away from the "mess she chose". He also mentions that he will change, and everything could be better if she forgives him. I love the way the chorus strings together.
    kindoon August 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song has what I has been looking for in all of staind's music...intricate guitar play..... the solo on this song is top rate and this song is so incredible...... I think chapter V is by far staind's best work........
    N0 C0DE 79on August 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree, this is one of their better songs as in a musical sense. What really got me was how he can turn feelings into lyrics in the purest form. Fortunately, I'm not in that situation, but I can relate to the struggle of baggage conflicting with current relationships. I need these songs to channel my emotions into just to get by. Thankyou Staind!
    repairmanon September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe more people haven't commented on this song, it is by far the best one on the album, although, "take this" is a close second. I think everyone can relate to this song. Yes, it does seem to be about his marriage...but the lyrics are so heartful and meaningful...I loooove it. Definately a great song.
    amy422on September 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah, really good song! lyrics seems pretty obvous. practically everyone can relate to this. awesome song. Check out "please" and "devil" other really nie songs by Staind.
    Tobaron September 30, 2005   Link

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