A Change Would Do You Good

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"A Change Would Do You Good"
A Change Would Do You Good single cover art.jpg
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Sheryl Crow
B-side
  • "Everyday Is a Winding Road"
  • "If It Makes You Happy"
  • "Hard to Make a Stand"
ReleasedJune 23, 1997
GenreRock
Length3:50
LabelA&M
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"Hard to Make a Stand"
(1997)
"A Change Would Do You Good"
(1997)
"Home"
(1997)

"A Change Would Do You Good" is the fourth single from Sheryl Crow's 1996 eponymous album. The song uses a series of non sequitur lyrics to describe what one should change in life. It became Crow's third top-five single from the album in Canada, where it reached number two, and peaked at number eight in the United Kingdom.

Background and lyrics[edit]

In an interview with Songfacts, guitarist Jeff Trott revealed "A Change Would Do You Good" was written in New Orleans during a six-month stay with co-writers Sheryl Crow and Brian MacLeod. The group decided to create a song by looking into classic soul music for inspiration, specifically by The Staple Singers and Mavis Staples. Eventually, the trio came up with so many lyric ideas that they resorted to drawing them out of a hat, putting together similar lines so that they made sense.[1]

The lyrics of the song are mostly abstract, but they work together to highlight what one needs to change in life. Each verse also has a meaning. According to Trott, the first verse is about music producer Bill Bottrell, who left in the middle of the album's production, angering Crow. Trott admitted that even though the lyrics were derogatory, they were more playful than harsh. The second verse was inspired by Madonna—who had begun to tone down her sexual image during the song's conception—as well as a few other people that were not named. Crow decided to make the final verse about herself but had to convince Trott and MacLeod to do so.[1]

Music videos[edit]

Several versions of a music video were shot. The first video, directed by Crow and Lance Acord, features Crow standing in the middle of a New York City street playing a guitar while a second Crow is throwing her possessions (and eventually herself) out of an apartment building window. This video appears on the DVD The Very Best of Sheryl Crow and was shot in black and white.

The second video, directed by Michel Gondry, shows Crow similar to the character Samantha Stephens from the TV sitcom fantasy Bewitched. She switches around characters' lives, such as a cab driver and teen garage band singer. Notable guests include Mary Lynn Rajskub, Heather Matarazzo, Jeff Garlin, Ellen DeGeneres, Molly Shannon, Andy Dick and Toby Huss. This video appears on the DVD compilation Michel Gondry 2: More Videos (Before and After DVD 1). This video received negative reaction from critics due to too much dialogue during the song, and was "jeered" by TV Guide. The video was later re-edited with less dialogue.

The final video is taken from a VH1 live performance.

Live performances[edit]

Crow performed the song at President Obama's 2008 Inaugural Ball for the Midwest States. She also performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park.

Track listing[edit]

Cat. No. 582-209-2:

  1. "A Change Would Do You Good" - LP Version
  2. "Hard to Make a Stand" - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire
  3. "On The Outside" - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire
  4. "A Change Would Do You Good" - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire

Cat. No. 582-217-2:

  1. "A Change Would Do You Good" - LP Version
  2. "Everyday Is a Winding Road" - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire
  3. "Can't Cry Anymore" - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire
  4. "Leaving Las Vegas" - Live from Shepherd's Bush Empire

Cat. No. 582-271-2:

  1. "A Change Would Do You Good"
  2. "Everyday Is a Winding Road"
  3. "If It Makes You Happy"
  4. "Hard to Make a Stand"

Charts[edit]

Covers[edit]

The song was covered by Dean Geyer and Lea Michele on the 2012 Glee episode "Makeover".

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "A Change Would Do You Good by Sheryl Crow Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3267." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3303." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 3266." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  6. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online". Lp3.polskieradio.pl. Retrieved July 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  9. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ "RPM '97 Year End Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 4, 2019.

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