"I Don't Want To Change You" as written by and Damien George Rice....
Wherever you are
You know that I adore you
No matter how far
Well, I can go before you
And if ever you need someone
Well, not that you need helping
But if ever you want someone
Know that I am willing

Oh and I don't want to change you
I don't want change you,
I don't want to change your mind
I just came across a manger
Out among the danger
Somewhere in a stranger's eye

Wherever you go
Well, I can always follow
I can feed this real slow
If it's a lot to swallow
And if you just want to be alone
Well, I can wait without waiting
If you want me to let this go
Well, I'm more than willing

Oh 'cause I don't want to change you
I don't want to change you
I don't want to change your mind
I just came across a manger
Out among the danger
Somewhere in a stranger's eye

Oh and I don't want to change you
I don't want to change her
Don't want to change your mind
I just came across a manger
Out among the danger
Somewhere in a stranger's eye

I've never been with anyone
In the way I've been with you
But if love is not for fun
Then it's doomed
'Cause water races
Water races down the waterfalls
The water races
Water races down the waterfall

And I don't want to change you
I don't want to change you
I don't want to change your mind
I just came across a manger
Where there is no the danger
Where love has eyes and is not blind


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"I Don't Want To Change You" as written by Damien George Rice

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  • +9
    My InterpretationI think this is about getting ahead of yourself in a new relationship, caught up in a swirl of feelings that aren't wholly reciprocated. The singer makes his willingness to jump right in abundantly clear, despite getting a sense that their object of desire might not share their enthusiasm.

    I find this is a very universal, heartbreaking feeling. You like someone, just as they are, and you want them so badly but it's OK if they don't want you back in that same way right now. You don't wish them ill. You still think they're swell. You just desperately need to move on. (Unless they call, and then you'll drop everything - dignity and all - to be with them.)
    Adeon October 05, 2014   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationThe relationship is over but it still remains deep somewhere inside of us. Time has passed by and after we lived our lives in different ways with a twisted heart, we finally met each other. The passion now gave way to reason, aware this time of all it can be, I can accept all kind of situations, including the way you are (or always were) and the moment we live in, it doesn't matter now.
    estevao2kon October 09, 2014   Link
  • +4
    Song FactIn a concert in Cologne yesterday he stated that sometime in his life he realised that you usually have an image in your head how that person is or how they should be, and then when you realise that this person is not what you thought of it you become angry or frustrated. And he added that he does a lot better now with people since he stopped doing that. This is a song about not wanting to change someone to fit yourself and be happy in the process.
    Iskarioton December 10, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, it's about forgiveness. You more than ready to forgive someone who is unwilling to forgive their self. You accept this person as they are and "don't want to change" them, even though you know the person is not perfect (because "love has eyes & is not blind" to the mistakes made). Also, you don't mind waiting, if the person you love needs more time to forgive themselves or mend their mistakes; you'll still love them. The part about a manger suggests the beginning of forgiveness , to me, just because that's where Jesus began his life on earth to make our forgiveness possible. That bit does seem precarious though.
    KayleyGon January 12, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me, this song is about desperation. The kind you feel when you have broken up with someone. Its like he is chanting to himself that he doesn't want to change the person he loves as a mantra to reassure himself more than the person. It is like realizing that the differences are great but the hurt of losing is even greater. Hence all the "I can"s in the song.
    madzinoon April 02, 2015   Link

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