Bittersweet Symphony Lyrics by The Verve


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Bittersweet Symphony Lyrics
'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
You're a slave to money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah

No change, I can't change
I can't change, I can't change
But I'm here in my mind
I am here in my mind
But I'm a million different people
from one day to the next
I can't change my mind
No, no, no, no, no, no, no,no,no,no,no,no(fading away)

Well I never pray
But tonight I'm on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there's nobody singing to me now

No change, I can't change
I can't change, I can't change
But I'm here in my mind
I am here in my mind
And I'm a million different people
from one day to the next
I can't change my mind
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
I can't change
I can't change it

'Cause it's a bittersweet symphony, this life
Trying to make ends meet
Trying to find some money then you die
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
You know the one that takes you to the places
where all the veins meet yeah

You know I can't change, I can't change
I can't change, I can't change
But I'm here in my mind
I am here in my mind
And I'm a million different people
from one day to the next
I can't change my mind
No, no, no, no, no

I can't change my mind
no, no, no, no, no,
I can't change
Can't change my body,
no, no, no

I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down
Been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
Ever been down
That you've ever been down
That you've ever been down
Writer: JAGGER, MICK / RICHARDS, KEITH / ASHCROFT, RICHARD
Copyright: Lyrics ABKCO Music Inc.

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Bittersweet Symphony Info:

• The song samples an obscure orchestral version of The Last Time, a 1965 song by the Rolling Stones.

• This was recorded before they got permission from the Stones to use it, so the Verve had to sign away most of the royalties from this in order to release it. The publishing rights went to Allen Klein, The Rolling Stones' former manager.

• Nike used this in commercials. Klein got the royalties from those as well.

• Ashcroft sarcastically said this was "The best song Jagger and Richards have written in 20 years."

• In an interview, Keith Richards said "If The Verve can write a better song, they can keep the money."

• The video was inspired by the video for Massive Attack's 1991 song Unfinished Sympathy, which showed the singer walking down a street in a similar manner.

Released: June 16th, 1997


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