Everybody's Changing

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"Everybody's Changing"
Single by Keane
from the album Hopes and Fears
B-side "Bedshaped"
"The Way You Want It"
Released 12 May 2003
3 May 2004 (re-release)
Format CD single
Recorded 2003 Home recording
Genre Pop rock, piano rock
Length 3:32
Label Fierce Panda
Writer(s) Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes
Producer(s) Andy Green
Keane singles chronology
"Wolf at the Door"
"Everybody's Changing"
"This Is the Last Time"

"Everybody's Changing" is a song performed by English alternative rock band Keane. It was released as the second single from their debut studio album, Hopes and Fears (2004). After a single release on Fierce Panda in May 2003, which peaked at number 122 in the UK Singles Chart,[1] it was re-released on Island on 3 May 2004 and reached number 4. It is also used in the TV series, In Plain Sight and can also be heard in the final moments of Scrubs episode "My Day at the Races".

In August 2006, the song was rated No. 79 from the top 100 greatest songs of all time by The Sun. That same year, English singer Lily Allen recorded a cover of the song, released on her single "Littlest Things" (a version later appeared on the 2007 compilation album, The Saturday Sessions: The Dermot O'Leary Show).

Composition and recording[edit]

Composed in 2001 by Tim Rice-Oxley, just after guitarist Scott had left the band.

Recording took place at the Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex. The version appearing on the Fierce Panda release was a home recorded song, supposedly recorded in a single room.

"Everybody's Changing" uses similar instrumentation as is used throughout Hopes and Fears. The style of "Everybody's Changing" has been described as "piano rock", a style of rock in which the piano is the main instrument instead of the guitar. After the main piano riff, the piano is not used until the second verse. Throughout the song, a synthesiser is played in the background.


Fierce Panda single[edit]

The Fierce Panda release of "Everybody's Changing" was both Keane's first commercial release, and their first release after the departure of guitarist Dominic Scott.

The release arose as a result of Simon Williams attending a Keane gig at London's Betsey Trotwood in December 2002, and liking what he heard so much that he immediately offered to put out a single for the band.

Legend has it that when recording the song for this release, the band recorded it in a back room of the house of Tim Rice-Oxley's parents, on borrowed equipment – which broke, thus meaning the band had to go to another house in order to mix it.

It went on to be selected by Steve Lamacq as his single of the week on Radio 1 on 19 April 2003. This in large part led to the bidding war surrounding the band that led to them being signed to Island.

The CD single was released on 12 May 2003. During the first week 733 copies of the 1500 released were sold, reaching No. 122 in the UK Singles Chart.[3] However, this release was so limited that nowadays copies can be expected to sell on eBay in the region of £90.

The cover art, designed by Alex Lake, represents Tom Chaplin's shadow filled with the photography of two boats. The typeface used in the cover is different from that used in both the Hopes and Fears and the Under the Iron Sea publicity campaigns.

Island single[edit]

"Everybody's Changing (2004 version)"
French CD Single Cover
Single by Keane
from the album Hopes and Fears
B-side "Fly to Me"
"To the End of the Earth"
Released 3 May 2004
Format 7" Vinyl
CD Single
3" Pocket CD
Recorded Helioscentric Studios, Rye, East Sussex
Genre Piano rock, Britpop
Length 3:36
Label Island
Writer(s) Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes
Producer(s) Andy Green
Keane singles chronology
"Somewhere Only We Know"
"Everybody's Changing"
Hopes and Fears track listing
"We Might as Well Be Strangers"
"Everybody's Changing"
"Your Eyes Open"

The 2004 version of "Everybody's Changing", re-recorded during the Heliocentric sessions of winter 2003, is Keane's second major-label release during the Hopes and Fears campaign.

The single was released on 3 May 2004, a week before the album, and it sold about 25,000 copies. There were also pocket CDs with two songs and polyphonic ringtones, as well as alternative versions for France, the Netherlands and Germany.

The enhanced CD includes the UK videoclip and wallpapers. This single was only released in Europe and Australia.

Music videos[edit]

There are three videos for this song

International version[edit]

Keane are playing in a white room, and proceed to change into other persons. Most of the persons they change into are easily recognizable archetypes from cultures around the world. These include a basketball player, a Japanese geisha, a military soldier, a doctor in a white lab coat, a female bodybuilder, a young female gymnast, an Aboriginal Australian tribesman, a British police woman, a boy scout, an Inuit man, and others.

United States version[edit]

Keane appear on a scene representing a sunset – their performance is broken up with clips of gigs in London, Mexico City and United States.

Unreleased version[edit]

This video was directed by Mark Pellington, but was shelved after the band apparently (according to rumour) decided it didn't fit with the tone of the song.[citation needed] This video has since been released and has gained some popularity on the internet.[4]

Running at seven minutes long, the video is in the style of "verbatim theatre", with people talking directly to camera. It primarily focuses on people retelling their experiences of losing a loved one – including Pellington, who discusses losing his wife, and how the song helped him cope with his loss. During the course of the song, we then witness the people who have retold their stories, remembering their experiences while apparently listening to the song.

Track listings[edit]

Fierce Panda CD single Catalogue number: NING133CD
No. Title Length
1. "Everybody's Changing"   3:33
2. "Bedshaped"   4:38
3. "The Way You Want It"   3:16
Island CD single Catalogue number: CID855
No. Title Length
1. "Everybody's Changing"   3:35
2. "To the End of the Earth"    
3. "Fly to Me"   5:32
4. "Everybody's Changing - Video"    
UK 7" vinyl Catalogue number: IS855, UK 3" CD Catalogue number: CIDP855, Dutch CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Everybody's Changing"   3:35
2. "Fly To Me"   5:32
French CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Everybody's Changing"   3:35
2. "Somewhere Only We Know" ((Live) (Forum, London, 10 May 2004))  



Main article: Bedshaped

Originally appeared on Fierce Panda release only. See "Bedshaped" main page for composition details.


  • Bass (Fender Jazz)
  • Drums (Yamaha)
  • Piano (Yamaha CP-70)
  • Synthesizer (vox, distortion)
  • Vocals (by Tom Chaplin)

The Way You Want It[edit]

An acoustic piano track that appears only on the Fierce Panda single. It also appears on Strangers, though is not credited. It was played live during late 2003.


  • Piano (Yamaha CP-70)
  • Vocals (by Tom Chaplin)

Fly to Me[edit]

Widely considered a fan favourite, but to date has never fully been played live. The chorus has been performed during some shows of the 2007 Under The Iron Sea arena tour, with the arena name put into it.

The song was first recorded as a quick demo including a solo of a melodica Tim Rice-Oxley bought in Berlin when Keane were supporting Starsailor. The demo included a simple drum pattern and Rice-Oxley providing both lead and backing vocals. At that time, the lyrics did not yet include the second verse (As much as I want you [...] you need a friend) of the eventual version. Instead, the first verse was repeated.

When the band decided to use the song as a B-side for Everybody's Changing, they went into the old Island Studios in St Peter’s Square to record vocals and real drums. For some reason Steve Winwood’s Hammond organ was in the studio, deciding the band to add this instrument to the track too. Because the allotted studio time was rapidly running out, Rice-Oxley had to hurry finishing the lyrics. With hardly any time left, all the rough vocals and backing vocals from the demo were added to double-track Tom Chaplin’s vocal in the choruses, creating a haunting vocal sound. According to Rice-Oxley, this specific sound is "one of the things that makes the song so atmospheric and moving".[5]

During an interview for a fanzine, Margaret Rice-Oxley (Tim's mother) is quoted as saying that she and Tim's father cried the first time they heard this song.

Official sheet music for this song is available in the Wise Publication book of Hopes and Fears.


  • Bass (Fender Jazz)
  • Drums (Yamaha)
  • Organ (Hammond Mk2)
  • Piano (Yamaha CP-70)
  • Melodica
  • Synthesizer (strings)
  • Vocals (by Tom Chaplin)
  • Backing vocals (by Tim Rice-Oxley)

To the End of the Earth[edit]

Composed by Tim Rice-Oxley and Dominic Scott in 2000. The song was originally composed on guitar, and a regular feature of live gigs before Scott's departure. This version was posted by the band on their website in early 2001 so fans could hear it – this version is still in circulation on the net.

After Scott's departure, Rice-Oxley recomposed the song for the piano. It was re-recorded for the CD single. It is one of only three songs from the pre-Hopes and Fears era to survive the transition from the "guitar" Keane to "piano" Keane – the other songs being "She Has No Time" and "Allemande".[6]


Released version

  • Bass (Fender Jazz)
  • Drums (Yamaha)
  • Piano (Yamaha CP-70)
  • Vocals (by Tom Chaplin)

Demo version

  • Bass
  • Drums
  • Electric guitar
  • Vocals (by Tom Chaplin)

Technical information on songs[edit]

Song Length Tempo Key Time signature Genre
"Everybody's Changing" 3:36 94bpm C (Do major) 4/4 on 16 beats Piano rock
"Bedshaped" 4:39 76bpm E (Mi major) 4/4 on 8 beats Piano rock
"The Way You Want It" 3:19 120bpm Em (Mi minor) 4/4 Acoustic ballad
"Fly to Me" 5:32 120bpm G (Sol major) 4/4 on 8 beats Piano pop
"To the End of the Earth" 3:02 120bpm Dm (D minor) 4/4 on 8 beats Piano rock
"To the End of the Earth" (Demo not included) 3:53 120bmp Em (E minor) 4/4 on 8 beats Alternative

Soundtrack usage[edit]

This song was featured in the NBC Program Scrubs in the fifth season episode "My Day at the Races". It was also used in Flight 29 Down in "See Ya". An instrumental version of it was used as background music for a Telekom Malaysia advertisement announcing its rebranding as 'TM' in 2005. The song was also used in the promos for the second season of In Plain Sight. The song was featured in the second season episode "Truth Doesn't Make A Noise" of the TV series One Tree Hill and also appears on its first soundtrack, One Tree Hill – Music from the WB Television Series, Vol. 1.

On 13 April 2010 at the launch of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party election manifesto the song was used by the party despite not seeking permission from the band for its use. Band member Richard Hughs later stated on Twitter that he was "horrified" to hear the song being played,[7] and said he would not vote for them.[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004–05) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 20
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 7
France (SNEP)[12] 10
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 27
Italy (FIMI)[15] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[17] 20
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 28
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 18
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[20] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[21] 24
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[22] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[23] 33

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version
United Kingdom 12 May 2003 Original
3 May 2004 2004 Version
Europe 28 June – 26 July 2004
Australia 13 September 2004
France 21 March 2005


  1. ^ Chart Log UK: K Zobbel.de
  2. ^ a b c "Keaneshaped FAQ: About songs". Retrieved May 2006. 
  3. ^ "Keaneshaped – Discography – Everybody's Changing". Retrieved 19 July 2006. 
  4. ^ Keane "Everybody's Changing" (Concept Cut) - YouTube
  5. ^ "Retrospective EP1 on sale". Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  6. ^ "The Happy Soldier" is the only song played with guitar during the piano era (2001)
  7. ^ "Keane 'horrified' by Tories' use of hit single". BBC News. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "Keane 'horrified' after Tories use their song at manifesto launch". NME. Retrieved 14 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Keane – Everybody's Changing" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Keane – Everybody's Changing" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Keane – Everybody's Changing". Tracklisten.
  12. ^ "Lescharts.com – Keane – Everybody's Changing" (in French). Les classement single.
  13. ^ "Musicline.de – Keane Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 19, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Keane – Everybody's Changing". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Keane search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Keane – Everybody's Changing" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Keane – Everybody's Changing". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Keane – Everybody's Changing". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Keane – Everybody's Changing". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Keane – Everybody's Changing". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "May 2004/ Archive Chart: 15 May 2004" UK Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Keane – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Keane.

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