"The Changeling (Get Guilty)" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
It's not war, it's more like a warning
There with front row tickets to the public burning
Found in the strip search, the skins have beaten the shirts
Love will travel, yeah, let's say it will
We know where it goes, you know the drill
Get guilty, kid
Get guilty, go

With the same cruel sense of humor that you came with
With the same cruel sense of humor that you came with

Change your mind
Change your mind

She kissed the back of my hand and she smiled
Walked away whispering into the wild
Get guilty, kid
Get guilty, go

With the same cruel sense of humor that you came with
With the same cruel sense of humor that you came with

Change your mind
Change your mind

And I will die with my foot in my mouth
More magnetic if anything because I had to
Get guilty, kid
Get guilty, go

With the same cruel sense of humor that I came with
With the same cruel sense of humor that I came with

Change your mind
Change your mind
Change your mind
Change your mind


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"The Changeling (Get Guilty)" as written by Carl Allan Newman

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    My InterpretationOverall, I think this song is about one person in a relationship trying to make the other feel bad for an indiscretion, probably for cheating on her. The singer's partner found evidence of him having an affair by going through the pockets of his clothes. He senses that she is now going to punish him by trying to make him feel guilty. The female's method for doing this is to say something hurtful in the form of a joke. A cutting comment, a smart alack response. She wants him to feel bad and for that so he will leave her.

    "Change your mind!!" is either the singer's plea to his wife/girlfriend to let him off the hook, or her plea for him to stop seeing the other woman. Maybe both.

    "She kissed the back of my hand and she smiled" is how the songwriter experiences his woman's anger. In his eyes, she is pretending to be nice while breaking up their relationship, but really acting that way in order to make him feel worse. His response is to say something that he later regrets, and feels even worse for saying it: "I will die with my foot in my mouth". And he does it in that same passive-aggressive manner of making a pointed, pain-inducing joke, just like she did earlier: "With the same cruel sense of humor that I came with".

    However, the singer somehow feels like his wife/girlfriend might forgive him for his infidelity due to the fact that he did, in the end, take responsibility for his actions. He got guilty.
    camshr0non June 11, 2011   Link

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