What I Cannot Change

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"What I Cannot Change"
Single by LeAnn Rimes
from the album Family
Released August 25, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Country
Length 5:14
Label Asylum-Curb
Writer(s) Darrell Brown
LeAnn Rimes
Producer(s) Dann Huff
LeAnn Rimes singles chronology
"Good Friend and a Glass of Wine"
(2008)
"What I Cannot Change"
(2008)
"When It's Good"
(2009)

"What I Cannot Change" is a song written by Darrell Brown, and co-written and recorded by American country artist LeAnn Rimes. It was released in August 2008 as the third and final single from her twelfth studio album, Family.

The single received a nomination for Best Female Country Vocal Performance from the Grammy awards in December 2008.[1]

The song was also used in the 2010 release of the film, Like Dandelion Dust.

Content[edit]

A 30 second sample of LeAnn Rimes' "What I Cannot Change", featuring the chorus.

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"What I Cannot Change" is a ballad, revealing examination of love relationships and choosing acceptance instead of conflict.[2]

I will learn to let go what I cannot change
I will learn to forgive what I cannot change
I will learn to love what I cannot change
But I will change, I will change
Whatever I, whenever I can

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard.com reviewed the song following its release. The song's reviewer, Deborah Evans Price called the song, "a gorgeous ballad washes over the soul with a wisdom and truth that is powerful and potentially life-changing."[2] Country Universe.net also praised "What I Cannot Change," calling the ballad, "the finest single of LeAnn Rimes’ career."[3]

Track listings[edit]

US [Radio Mixes EP] November 18, 2008[4]

  1. What I Cannot Change [Kaskade Radio Mix] 3:41
  2. What I Cannot Change [Jody Den Broeder Radio Mix] 4:43
  3. What I Cannot Change [Scotty K Radio Mix] 4:19
  4. What I Cannot Change [Bronleewe & Bose Radio Mix] 4:01
  5. Good Friend And A Glass Of Wine [Wideboys Electro Radio Mix] 3:33
  6. Good Friend And A Glass Of Wine [Soul Seekerz Radio Mix] 3:32
  7. Headphones [Almighty Radio Mix] 3:37

US [Extended Mixes EP] November 18, 2008[5]

  1. What I Cannot Change [Kaskade Extended Mix] 5:08
  2. What I Cannot Change [Jody den Broeder Extended Mix] 8:03
  3. What I Cannot Change [Scotty K Klub Mix] 8:12
  4. What I Cannot Change [Bronleewe & Bose Extended Mix] 6:25
  5. Good Friend And A Glass Of Wine [Wideboys Electro Mix] 5:49
  6. Good Friend And A Glass Of Wine [Soul Seekerz Extended Mix] 8:54
  7. Headphones [Almighty Extended Mix] 8:01

What I Cannot Change Exclusive CD Released with the book of the same name by LeAnn Rimes and Darrell Brown[6]

  1. What I Cannot Change (Live) 4:34
  2. Spoken Words 23:17

Promo CD single

  1. What I Cannot Change (Radio Edit) 3:40

Chart performance[edit]

"What I Cannot Change" failed to chart the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart after being released to radio in August 2008. A few months later however, the song was given several electronic dance music remixes and debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in late 2008. On the week of February 28, 2009, "What I Can't Change" reached number one on that chart. With the song, Rimes became the first country music artist to have topped both the Billboard country chart and the Billboard dance chart.[7]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[8] 1
Preceded by
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 28, 2009
Succeeded by
"T-Shirt" by Shontelle

References[edit]

  1. ^ "51st Grammy award nominess". Grammy.com. Retrieved 2009-02-21. 
  2. ^ a b Evans Price, Deborah. ""What I Cannot Change"". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-02-20. [dead link]
  3. ^ J. Coyne, Kevin. "LeAnn Rimes, "What I Cannot Change"". country universe.net. Retrieved 2009-02-20. 
  4. ^ "iTunes - Music - What I Cannot Change (Remixes) by LeAnn Rimes". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - What I Cannot Change (Extended Mixes) by LeAnn Rimes". Itunes.apple.com. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Amazon.com: What I Cannot Change: LeAnn Rimes, Darrell Brown: Books". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  7. ^ "LeAnn Breaks record on the Billboard charts". LeAnn Rimes World.com. Retrieved 2009-02-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ "LeAnn Rimes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for LeAnn Rimes. Retrieved 2011-10-07.

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