Time Changes Everything (song)

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"Time Changes Everything"
Written by Tommy Duncan
Language English
Form Western swing
Original artist Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Recorded by (many other artists)

"Time Changes Everything" is a Western swing standard written by Tommy Duncan, the long-time vocalist with Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys. Written as a ballad, the lyrics tell of a failed romance and of the hurt that has healed. Each verse ends with:

... time changes everything.

The Texas Playboys first recorded "Time Changes Everything" in 1940 (OKeh 05753). It became one of the top singles that year. Artists ranging from Roy Rogers (Decca 5908, 1940, with Spade Cooley on fiddle)[1] to Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Decca 3751, 1941)[2] soon brought out competing records. The Roy Rogers version reached #4 on Billboard's "Hillbilly...Hits" chart in October, 1941

It has been recorded numerous times since, including on tribute albums by George Jones (George Jones Sings Bob Wills), Ray Price ("San Antonio Rose") and Merle Haggard (A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (or, My Salute to Bob Wills)).


  1. ^ White, King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West, p. 248.
  2. ^ Kriebel, Blue Flame, p. 38: "The arrival of Ram Rubinwitch and Herbie Haymer gave the sax section a new look for the band's April 4 session at Decca, where they recorded the ballads 'You Call It Madness,' 'Intermezzo (A Love Story),' Time Changes Everything,' and 'My Mom,' all starring Herman as singer, and 'Lady Rhapsody'."


  • Kriebel, Robert C. Blue Flame: Woody Herman's Life in Music. Purdue University Press, 1995. ISBN 1-55753-073-4
  • White, Raymond E. King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Popular Press, 2006. ISBN 0-299-21004-9