"I Can Change" as written by James Jeremiah Murphy and Patrick Mahoney....
Tell me a line
Make it easy for me
Open your arms
Dance with me until I feel all right

It's good in the dark
Good in the dark
But into the lover's light
Here comes another fight

So ring the alarm
Ring the alarm
Bar me and hold me and cling to my arm

Here it comes
Here it comes

And what you're asking me now
Disastrous now
Hoping and hoping and hoping the feeling goes away (away)

Never change, never change, never change, never change
Never change, never change, never change
This is why I fell in love

Never change, never change, never change, never change
Never change, never change, never change
That's just who I fell in love with (in love)

Oh this is the time
The very best time
So give me a line
And take me home
Take me over

But dashing the hopes
Dashing the hopes
And smashing the pride
The morning's got you on the ropes, oh

And love is a murderer
Love is a murderer
But if she calls you tonight
Everything is all right
Yeah, we know

And love is a curse
Shoved in a hearse
Love is an open book to a verse
Of your bad poetry
And this is coming from me

But I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love (in love)

I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love (in love)

Turn on the light
Make it easy for me
Fill the divide
Fumble in the kitchen 'til it's right
What an awful sight

But there's love in your eyes
Love in your eyes
Love in your eyes
But maybe that's just what your lover finds all night

And I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love (in love)

And I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love (in love)

And I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you feel real love (real love)

And I can change, I can change, I can change, I can change
I can change, I can change, I can change
If it helps you fall in love (in love)


Lyrics submitted by _hideandseek, edited by Phaxn

"I Can Change" as written by Patrick Mahoney James Jeremiah Murphy

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  • +5
    General CommentI prefer to think the change from 'Never change' to 'I can change' as one person, who is so in love that he wouldnt change a thing, then when he realises she doesnt feel quite the same, he is willing to.

    I like to think of it that way, its more tragic, like he's desperate to cling on, and willing to sacrifice his principles. Or something
    mbagelyon December 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionIt's not:
    "Never change, never change, never change, never change
    Never change, never change, never change
    That's just too up there in love with"

    That doesn't even make sense.

    It's:
    "Never change, never change, never change, never change
    Never change, never change, never change
    That's just WHO I FELL in love with"
    kevman575on April 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLove is an open book
    To a verse of your
    bad poetry
    And this is coming from me

    I'm just now realizing the humor in the last part of the line. At first blush, it seems to fit into the song as part of the back and forth between the 2 parties (never change/I can change. But, taking into account James Murphy's unfortunate reputation as a terrible lyricist, the line becomes both a poke at (or nod to) critics, and extra "punctuation" for the idea that love is sh*t, which it is.
    switcherooon July 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a relationship that is about to end or where the subject of the song is cheating on the author, and the author doesn't understand, doesn't want it to be true - He loves the other person, and doesn't want her (using him/her for the purposes of this comment) to leave and doesn't want things to change between them.

    There's a "divide", he suspects she's cheating ("maybe that's what your lover finds all night"), she's lying to him ("tell me a line"), he's looking for that spark that they used to have together but doesn't think her happiness is for him ("there's love in your eyes"), they're having problems ("fumble in the kitchen", "here comes another fight").

    At the beginning of the song, she's keeping him in the "dark" about the situation (lying), and he likes it there because he doesn't want her to leave. He's in denial, doesn't want it to be true. He hopes he's just imaging things "hoping and hoping that the feeling goes away" and that she's not really cheating on him (it's just a feeling after all... isn't it?). If she "calls" him tonight, everything is ok. Otherwise, it's probably over. "Yeah, we know".

    He's fighting, struggling between two difficult places - losing, the end is near - morning has him "on the ropes" = "Etymology: from the idea of a weakened prize fighter who leans against the ropes that surround the boxing ring" (source: idioms.thefreedictionary.com/…)

    By the end of the song he's changed his tune a little bit - He wants her to "turn on the light" - the light is either the truth or her love for him. He is searching for that love, but is pretty sure it's not for him, so he pleads (another stage of loss/mourning) and offers to change. If it gets her to love him, if it makes her stay, he offers to change. But it's probably too late, and he probably can't or shouldn't change anyway.

    Sad song, beautiful song, great song.
    meowzaon January 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionBest song on the new album.
    bocmaximaon December 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is also an obvious (and great) homage to the Eurythmics song "Love Is A Stranger"
    harrisjon April 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric Correction"But maybe that's just what your lover finds all night"

    I always heard: "But maybe that's just your love of fights. All night." - Implying that when they fight they do it all night. Yeah.
    BoyNamedTimon March 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionActually it's:

    So ring the alarm
    Ring the alarm
    Bar me and hold me and cling to my arm

    Yrssson April 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"shoved in a hearse"
    gabomaon April 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI hear
    "But there's love in your eyes
    Love in your eyes
    Love in your eyes
    But maybe that's just in love of fights
    All night"
    Shyvanon April 24, 2010   Link

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