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|Song by Black Sabbath|
|from the album Vol. 4|
|Released||September 25, 1972|
The song's piano melody was composed by guitarist Tony Iommi, who was experimenting with the instrument in the studio. The lyrics were by bassist Geezer Butler, and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne has referred to the song as "heartbreaking". Quite different from Sabbath's previous work, the song was described as a "forlornly pretty" ballad by critic Barney Hoskyns. It was inspired mainly by Bill Ward's breakup with his first wife.
"We're certainly not going to get any less heavy," Ozzy promised in 1972. "We will probably do 'Changes' on stage with a Mellotron but we'll never take strings on stage with us or anything like that."
The song was performed live in 1973 but very seldom in years following.
|Single by Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne|
|from the album Changes|
|Released||30 September 2003|
Three decades later, Ozzy recorded yet another version of the song, this time with his daughter, Kelly Osbourne as a duet. The revised lyrics for this version, released in 2003, reflect the moments of their life together. The single reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top 20 in Germany, Ireland, and Norway.
According to the Ozzy Osbourne official website, the single sold over one million copies.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||31|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||15|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||1|
|UK Indie (Official Charts Company)||1|
|UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)||2|
|US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)
Felix Da Housecat Remix
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||7|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||35|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||400,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone