There are 16 songs on Big Star Way. Click the song title to view the lyrics and performance information.

Change the World

The Song

Recorded at First Wave Digital Studios in Hempstead, NY and Cow Pilot Studios in Gilbert, Arizona.

The grapevine is a source of rumor that keeps us all well-incofmed as to the unfortunate events in everyone else's lives. At some point, however, things can turn against us, and we become the focus of this rumor mill, only to come to the realization that it is not a nice place to be. Does that stop our incessant gossiping about one another?

This is a song about that grapevine and how we marvel at others who, for whatever reason, are less fortunate than ourselves. Perhaps it makes us feel better about our own lives when we hear about the sadness and depravity in the lives of others.

The "pearl" is a metaphor for a unifying symbol; in the book, The Wisdom of the Serpent, Henderson and Oakes state that the pearl "embodies the human paradox that the changeable feminine moon, in a process of transformation, becomes a symbol for the constancy of saving grace." In the rumor mill, sadly, there is no saving grace.

I can't change the world, or how we view one another, but perhaps I can change your perspective on the grapevine and gossip by this simple song.

The Recording Process

When I wrote this song, it was originally on acoustic guitar. As usual, when I send tracks to William, I am always amazed at what is returned to me - he is a quintessential part of what happens to these songs. They would be very different (nowhere near as good!) without his production values and ideas.

Anyway, my old friend Mike Jabin's Gabriel-esque piano threw us all for a loop - I flipped over it, and Kenny's most awesome Chapman stick parts changed the entire song. What can I say about my brother? He's just an incredible musician and human being. Anyway, the song completely transformed when William and company were through with it.

The Lyrics

Everybody's watching through their windows
Scrutinizing all the things they do
And the truth is...
We watch too.

Everybody's talking 'bout each other
Spreading all the gossip fit to print
And we listen...
Me and you.

I cannot change the world
I cannot find the pearl
I cannot change the world
But I might change you.

I can hear the talking through the grapevine
All the silly rumors and half-truths
And we listen...
Me and you.

I cannot change the world
I cannot find the pearl
I cannot change the world
But I might change you.

Everybody's watching through their windows
Criticizing all the things they do
And the truth is...
We all watch too.