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Everywhere is freaks and hairies
Dykes and fairies, tell me where is sanity
Tax the rich, feed the poor
Till there are no rich no more

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

Population keeps on breeding
Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy
Life is funny, skies are sunny
Bees make honey, who needs money, monopoly

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

World pollution, there's no solution
Institution, electrocution
Just black and white, rich or poor
Them and us, stop the war

I'd love to change the world
But I don't know what to do
So I'll leave it up to you

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  • jopezz
    jopezzApr 26, 2008 at 3:18 am
    When Alvin Lee wrote this song in 1968 all of the issues he sang about were current and urgent.

    People were choosing to sit around and do nothing to improve things.

    Now, in the 2K millennium, all those people doing nothing has solved everything... right?
  • U
    UnregisteredOct 29, 2013 at 10:59 am
    In 1967 and 1968 There was so much confusion from so many different directions It was not only a very exciting time but a time when everything was moving so fast around you; It was hard to keep up" and/or decide what side to be on. Everyone was taking sides for something, freedom or fight against It. A freedom long forgotten. People don't think about just how fast we have evolved as a Nation. Clearly, 1967 or 68 was Indeed a different world. So different It can not be explained to a person say 25yr's. old today, so they could understand. You simply where there or you were not. Your not going to really understand the meaning Of this song like many other political songs of that era, with out having lived at that time, protesting the war; and the growing fascism from our gov. at that time, Which now, Is almost a full-grown gorilla . The music at the time were Only the greats of the Past. MLK was killed that year" The Civil rights movements Christian Black leader. Riots in the streets were every-where.
    There was turbulence In society from many angles to many to mention.
    the constant political heat of American pop culture, which our government has effectively now put to rest... (Clintons 96 telecom act) People don't even know today what It's like listening to radio that's loaded with new songs every day! Much less how effectively the Music industry exposed corruption In gov & corporations; and the news media did the same In many case's. That's all over. We live in complete Censorship denial debauchery today; racing to oblivion of this freedom we once new. All Alvin was saying was, It's over my head" wish I new what to do...But really; you had to be there to simply understand how over your head and time when this was sung. The song applies today; because were so much more far-gone now, then back then. There won't be another Kennedy or a Real news company that cover's the gov. Instead of covers UP for gov. This country Is nearing It's last rights. We are at the bottom of every meaning-full list In the world. Like the song says... "Nation bleeding, still more feeding economy" (Wall street). Take Polosee, In 68 she would have been laughed out of office-with a line like "lets pass it first then we'll see what's in It" Sounds like a drunken politician? You tell me.....
    Absolute power corrupts" evil Only wins, when good people-(supposable journalist) stand by and stay silent" or do nothing. Don't rock the boat". Our country can not pay back anyone or anything" and the numbers keep going Up. I don't know about you, but If I release a brake on a car at the top of a hill; and It's going faster and faster down; to lets say a brick wall" what do you think Is going to happen? So I'll leave It up to you...
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 19, 2014 at 8:46 pm
    Having been there during this time in college, I cannot say at all what Lee meant to say in this favorite song of mine. If you take the lyrics at face value from a liberal perspective, half of it makes sense, the other half does not. So, did he mean for it to taken literally, or with a spoonful of sarcasm? And which part is the sarcastic part, and which part is he serious about? The song is contradictory if seen through the Eyes of a liberal. Liberals and socialists today want gay marriage and pedophilia normalized, yet Lee seems to make fun of that, as well as long hairs, which he was. So is he serious?
    He then attacks big government and overpopulation. Being he was rich, did he want more taxes for himself, or less?
    I am going to take this at face value, as that is the exact position I have taken IRL. He doesn't support sexual perversion, he doesn't think taxing the rich is a good idea or is socialism, and We need to stop wars and pollution, but only with sensible solutions.
    The hippies have grown up now, and have taken this country down the drain with their socialist propaganda, and their ignorance of economic solutions.
    So half the stuff hippies support was good, and half is bad. Unfortunately, only the bad has survived in our political world today, while virtually none of the good has been addressed - like overpopulation, sensible environmental concerns (not the baloney global warming hoax stuff), warmongering etc.
    Oct 13 above said it well : America is nearing its last rites, as the dumbing down of America is in full swing, as the patients are running the asylum.
  • U
    UnregisteredJan 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    I always thought he was mocking everyone who didn't at least try to tackle some of the issues back then. When they go into the. I'd love to change the world. Chorus in an almost burnt out falsetto, he is openly mocking all the sheep who just sit and watch. Then in his real, badass voice he riffs off more problems in staccato. Only to fall on the same helpless result. One of my favorite songs ever, and I'm 52 haunting, and great guitar work!
  • U
    UnregisteredMay 9, 2012 at 2:52 am
    I always thought there was a bit of despair in the song, depressed about seeing the problem and not knowing how or what to do cuz its too daunting, a synopsis i think we all feel from time to time. My favorite song

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