Changes Come

  •   1. Spinning
  •   2. Show Me
  •   3. She
  •   4. Nobody #1
  •   5. Suitcase
  •   6. Lifelong Sunshine
  •   7. Ohio
  •   8. All I Need Is Everything
  •   9. The World Can Wait
  •   10. When I Go
  •   11. B.P.D.
  •   12. Cruel and Pretty
  •   13. Changes Come
1. Spinning
2. Show Me

I’ve lost the words
It ain’t my way
Takes some a breath
What takes me twenty-five years to say
Baby you’re my favorite rolling stone
Elvis left the building
I have never been so alone

Come on and show me how it feels
Come on and show me how it feels
Can we make it last can we make it real
Come on and show me how it feels

It’s only me in this flimsy dress
I could spread this love from the east to the west
The bed is made the world’s a mess
Maybe we’ve got it backwards
Maybe we should just care less

I close my eyes I see your face
Every inch of your skin I begin to retrace
Let me be the voice inside your head
Listen to me whisper
We can sleep when we’re dead

3. She

What she would like to do
Is get you out of her head
She’s tried every trick
She’s so sick of thinking about it

What’s so special about you
You’re an ache she’s learned to crave
You’re a blade too dull to raise

But she cuts herself
On you every night
She’s just dying
To lay down the knife

What she would love to do
Is get you out of her bed
She’s played it over and over and over
In her head

But she cuts herself
On you every night
She’s just dying
To lay down the knife

She clings to what’s familiar
She thinks a change would kill her

What she ought to do
Is put a gun to your head
For all the things you said and did

But what she will not do
Is let you go before you’re gone
It’s everything that’s ever been wrong
But it’s all she’s ever known

So she cuts herself on you every night
She’s just dyin’ to lay down her life

4. Nobody #1

I’m afraid I’ve lost the piece of me
I need the most you see
This puzzle is really just about the need
To be somebody
I’m afraid I’m not all that you see
All along the coast of me
I’m camouflaged, a desert mirage
A nobody

But you came so close and I assumed
You were looking
For the piece of yourself that’s lost
It is the hiding place inside everybody
And though we love to numb the pain
We come to learn that it’s in vain
Pain is our mother
She makes us recognize each other

C’mon now child don’t cry
C’mon now child don’t cry
Let’s give it one more try
C’mon now child don’t cry

Sometimes I feel so all alone
Here in this city I call my home
They say, Hey, you’re one of us
Funny, I should feel so anonymous
But I’m drawn to you
And that still small voice is talking too
And that’s the voice that so seldom can get through

You can’t put no bandaid on this cancer
Like a twenty-dollar bill
For a topless dancer
You need questions
Forget about the answers
Do you really wanna die this way

That’s the trouble with you and me
We always hit the bottom ‘fore we get set free
I’m so far down
I’m beginning to breathe

C’mon now child don’t cry
C’mon now child don’t cry
Let’s give it one more try
C’mon now child don’t cry
Cuz we’re just too young to die

5. Suitcase

Whatcha doin’ with a suitcase
Tryin’ to hit the ground with both feet runnin’
Aren’t you trippin’ on your shoelace

You’re stealin’ away on a sunny day
Well aren’t you ashamed at all
Funny but I feel like I’m fallin’
I wanna beg you to stay
You’re stealin’ away on a sunny day

Why’d you love me in the first place
You were always closer than a brother
I can barely look at your face

I’ve said my I’ve said my
I’ve said my piece
I’m on my
I’m on my
Down on my knees

Whatcha doin’ with a suitcase
Whatcha doin’ with a suitcase

6. Lifelong Sunshine
7. Ohio

Hello Ohio
The back roads
I know Ohio
Like the back of my hand
Alone Ohio
Where the river bends
And it’s strange to see your story end

In my life I”ve seen a thousand dreams
Through the threshers all torn to pieces
And the land lay bare
Someone turned a profit there
And a good son lost his life in a strip pit

When the sun went down we would all leave town
And light our fires in Egypt Bottom
And the reservoir was just as good for Joni
‘Cause we knew we would
Dream outloud in the night air

Holly said, Don’t go inside the children’s home
Mary said, Don’t leave your man alone
Valerie was singin’ to the radio
Ohio

It was summertime in ‘83
We were burnin’ out at the rubber tree
Wonderin’ what in the world
Would make all this worthwhile
And if I knew then I was older then
Would I see regret to the last mile

Hello Ohio
The back roads
I know Ohio
Like the back of my hand
Alone Ohio
Where the river bends
And it’s strange to see your story end
How I hate to see your story end
It’s so sad to see your story end

8. All I Need Is Everything

Slow down. Hold still.
It’s not as if it’s a matter of will.
Someone’s circling. Someone’s moving
a little lower than the angels.
And it’s got nothing to do with me.
The wind blows through the trees,
but if I look for it, it won’t come.
I tense up. My mind goes numb.
There’s nothing harder than learning how to receive.

Calm down. Be still.
We’ve got plenty of time to kill.
No hand writing on the wall:
just the voice that’s in us all.
And you’re whispering to me,
time to get up off my hands and knees,
‘cause if I beg for it, it won’t come.
I find nothing but table crumbs.
My hands are empty. God I’ve been naive.

All I need is everything.
Inside, outside, feel new skin.
All I need is everything.
Feel the slip and the grip of grace again.

Slow down. Hold still.
It’s not as if it’s a matter of will.
Someone’s circling. Someone’s moving
a little lower than the angels.
This voice calling me to you:
it’s just barely coming through.
Still, I clearly hear my name.
I’ve been fingering the flame
like tomorrow’s martyr.
It gets harder to believe.

All I need is everything.
Inside, outside, feel new skin.
All I need is everything.
Feel the slip and the grip of grace again.

So from now till kingdom come,
taste the words on the tip of my tongue.
‘Cause we can’t run truth out of town,
only force it underground.
The roots grow deeper
in ways we can’t conceive.

All I need is everything.
Inside, outside feel new skin.
All I need is everything.
Feel the slip and the grip of grace again.

All I need is all I need.

9. The World Can Wait

if this should end tomorrow
all our best laid plans
and all our typical fears
am i running out of lifetimes
this is not the first time
something ends in just tears

but tomorrow i can’t imagine
how am i supposed to know
what’s yet to go down
is there only one religion
the kind that whispers
when nobody comes around

the world can wait
the world can wait
i want to drink the water from your well
i want to tell you things i’ll never tell
the world can wait
the world can wait
i’m wide awake
and the world can wait

i want to feel and then some
i have five senses
i need thousands more at least
every day a page of paper

every night a photograph
a moveable feast

so fade to black and white now
roll the movie of my life
inside of my head
‘cause like all true believers
i am truly skeptical
of all that i have said

the world can wait
the world can wait
i want to drink the water from your well
i want to tell you things i’ll never tell
the world can wait
the world can wait
i’m wide awake
and the world can wait

haven’t i said enough
haven’t i said far too much
haven’t i done enough
haven’t i done far too much
far too much
the world can wait

10. When I Go

it makes a difference
when you walk through a room
with that worrisome smile
road weary perfume

but this isn’t the place
and it isn’t the time
for this beautiful delusion
that is robbing me blind

i want to know
i want to know
will it make a difference
when i go

it makes a difference
that i’m feeling this way
with plenty to think about
and so little to say

except for this confession
that is poised on my lips
i’m not letting go of God
I’m just losing my grip

i want to know
i want to know
will it keep you guessing
when i go

what is a love
if the love’s not my own
this is not my home
this is lonely
but never alone

i just want to hold you
in my gaze for awhile
so i can remember
every line around your smile

then i want to know
i want to know
will it make a difference
when I go 

11. B.P.D.

You’re makin’ a mess
Somethin’ I can’t fix
This time you’re on your own

I’d make it alright
But I wouldn’t get it right
I’m leavin’ it alone

For cryin’ outloud
Cryin’ outloud
Cryin’ out
You’re cryin’ out

Yeah

You’re makin’ a mess
Is that what you do best?
Is madness just a hand-me-down?

It’s anyone’s guess
But I must confess
The performance isn’t that profound

Yeah

I’m waiting for the end
Waiting to begin again

You’re makin’ a mess
Somethin’ you can’t hide
A slow suicide
Just one bite at a time

I should love you less
But I can’t I guess
Only God can save us now

Cryin’ out

Yeah

12. Cruel and Pretty

He woke
He knew that he was dying
He spoke
And found that he was flying
Upstairs
High above the city
Through the ceiling of the stars
So cruel and pretty

Arms spread across the dark river
The night air causing him to shiver
Like the fluorescent lights in the Seven Eleven
Meet me in the backstreets of heaven

I don’t wanna kiss you goodbye
I don’t wanna kiss you goodbye
Hello, hello, hello, how the time flies
I don’t wanna kiss you goodbye

He woke
He knew that he was dying
He spoke
And found that he was flying
Upstairs
High above the city
Through the ceiling of the stars
So cruel and pretty

Electric lines and wispy jet contrails
Ships at sea and B&O train rails
A tunnel of light like the Seven Eleven
Meet me in the backstreets of heaven

13. Changes Come

Changes come
Turn my world around

I have my father’s hand
I have my mother’s tongue
I look for redemption in everyone

I wanna wear your ring
I have a song to sing
It ain’t over babe
In fact it’s just begun

Changes come
Turn my world around
Changes come
Bring the whole thing down

I wanna have our baby
Somedays I think that maybe
This ol’ world’s too fucked up
For any firstborn son

There is all this untouched beauty
The light the dark both running through me
Is there still redemption for anyone

Jesus come
Turn the world around
Lay my burden down
Turn this world around
Bring the whole thing down
Bring it down

 

This instamatic sonic snapshot of an Over the Rhine concert was recorded directly through a front-of-house mixing console one night in the Fall of 2003 by our sound engineer Mike Sponarski, aka Spinner. If you weren’t able to join us, this is our little postcard from the edge: Wish you were here.

This collection is not available in stores. It’s for our best fans. You.

Enjoy,
Linford and Karin

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Karin Bergquist: Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Linford Detweiler: Piano, Organ, Wurli
Paul Moak: Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Pedal Steel, Sitar, Backing Vocals
Rick Plant: Bass
Will Sayles: Drums

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Live recording by Mike Sponarski.
Mastering by Mark Hood at Echo Park Studios.
Additional mastering by Michael Stucker.
Design by Owen Brock.
Photography: Front cover by Michael Wilson, Shaina Rose by Owen Brock, all others courtesy of The Detweiler Archive.
All songs written by Karin Bergquist and/or Linford Detweiler, ASCAP, except Ain’t No Sunshine, written by Bill Withers, Published by Interior Music Corporation, BMI.
All rights reserved.
Please visit overtherhine.com for more information.

A great filmmaker once said that movies are never finished, only abandoned.

If Changes Come, the new live album from Over the Rhine is any indication, the same principle could also be applied to music. The celebrated Ohio twosome has released plenty of knockout songs over the years, but these new live versions make the originals sound like rough drafts, orphan compositions that were abandoned and, with this new recording, revisited and perfected.

It may sound impossible. I know I was skeptical when I first began to hear about this amazing sonic document of the band’s recent tour. But, as incredible it may sound, every last song on the thirteen-track Changes Come outshines its predecessor in every way, making this the essential Over the Rhine collection.

Fittingly, the song selections are mostly drawn from Ohio, last year’s masterful two-disc opus. After the haunting prelude of the rare “Spinning,” the band cranks the intensity up to full blast with a faster, bolder version of “Show Me.” Singer Karin Bergquist immediately makes it clear that her astounding performance on Ohio was no fluke; she has obviously hit the high point of her career thus far as a vocalist, stretching her words out like rubber bands, mining every syllable for its maximum potency.

And the hits just keep coming. “Nobody #1” begins as a funky spoken-word rap, but organist Linford Detweiler turns it into an electrifying gospel number by the end of the song. “Suitcase” is delicate, reflective, and heartbreaking, with multi-instrumentalist Paul Moak backing up Karin with harmony vocals. “Ohio” is darker and more turbulent than its source version. And “Cruel and Pretty” drifts by on a dreamy, irresistibly jazzy groove.

Another jazzy piece, “Lifelong Fling,” is an album highlight. Here Detweiler and Moak trade off solos, and Karin’s smoky vocals give it enough sensuality to help it dethrone “The Body is a Stairway of Skin” as the sexiest song in the OtR canon. It segues brilliantly into a swaggering, rock and roll cover of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine.” You’re unlikely to hear a more beautiful nine minutes of music all year.

Some of the album’s brightest gems, though, are culled from past OtR recordings. “All I Need is Everything,” for example, gets a killer rock and roll makeover. It’s one of the mot energetic and exhilarating things Over the Rhine have ever done, and I’m going to have a tremendously difficult time going back to the original.

“The World Can Wait” is simply astonishing, as intense and transcendent as U2’s finest work, but the album’s biggest surprise is “When I Go,” which appears here in a stunning ten-minute long rendition, starting as a sparse folk song and eventually working its way into a furious frenzy of electric guitars and drums. It’s the hardest rocking thing to ever make its way on to an Over the Rhine album.

Still, it’s “Changes Come,” the album’s finale, that proves to be the most inspiring and powerful number. Those who have heard the original are already familiar with this heartbreaking musical prayer; the electrifying live treatment it’s given only makes it more potent.

If the album has a downside, it’s that it’s not available in stores. But you, dear reader, are in luck, for I am about to give you a link to the one online store that carries it: Clicketty click! Now make haste to order this sonic Polaroid of a truly transcendent concert, the best recording yet from America’s best kept musical secret.

Grade: A+

--Josh Hurst, Reveal