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Changes (Black Sabbath song)

Song by Black Sabbath
from the album Vol. 4
ReleasedSeptember 25, 1972[1]
GenreSoft rock
LabelWarner Bros.

"Changes" is a song by Black Sabbath. It first appeared on Vol. 4 which was released in 1972.


The song's piano melody was composed by guitarist Tony Iommi, who was experimenting with the instrument in the studio.[2] The lyrics were by bassist Geezer Butler,[2] 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.[3] It was inspired mainly by Bill Ward's breakup with his first wife.[2]

"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."[4]

The song was performed live in 1973[5] but very seldom in years following.

Personnel (original version)

Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne version

Single by Ozzy Osbourne and Kelly Osbourne
from the album Changes
Released30 September 2003
FormatCD single

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.[6]

This version of the song was number 27 on the "50 Worst Songs of the '00s" list in a 2009 Village Voice article.[7]

Track listing

  1. "Changes"
  2. "Changes" (Felix Da Housecat Remix)
  3. "Come Dig Me Out" (live)


Weekly charts

Chart (2003–2004) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 31
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 15
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 15
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 1
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[16] 2
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[17]
Felix Da Housecat Remix

Year-end charts

Chart (2003) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 7
Chart (2004) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 35


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 400,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ a b c Osbourne, Ozzy (2011). I Am Ozzy. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 978-0446569903.
  3. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (2009). Into The Void: Ozzy Osbourne And Black Sabbath. Omnibus Press. p. 104. ISBN 9780857121066.
  4. ^ "Sabbath – Clocking on in the States". Sounds. 30 September 1972.
  5. ^ "Devil worship and four-letter words: Black Sabbath in Sydney, 1973". Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  6. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Official Website - Biography". Archived from the original on 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  7. ^ Johnston, Maura (2009-12-03). "The 50 Worst Songs of the '00s, F2K No. 27: Kelly Osbourne and Ozzy Osbourne, "Changes" | Village Voice". Retrieved 2016-10-06.
  8. ^ " – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ " – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Changes". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  11. ^ " – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes". VG-lista. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  13. ^ " – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Ozzy Osbourne Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  18. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2003" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  19. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  20. ^ "British single certifications – Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne – Changes". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 December 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Changes in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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