Best Songs Ever: INXS 'Don't Change'

4/24/13

“Everything changes, or does it?” INXS guitarist, Andrew Farriss, mediates upon the question posed in his band's breakthrough single, and today's Best Songs Ever, “Don't Change.” “Nothing lasts forever, and yet most of us at some point in our lives want it to.” It's a chilling quote, coming in the wake of the late, and quite great, Michael Hutchence:

“Don't Change” is lifted from INXS' third album, Shabooh Shoobah. It peaked at #80 in October 1982, and has since been covered by The Bravery, Everclear, Face to Face, The Goo Goo Dolls, Grinspoon and AFI. “Dont Change” also plays during the credits of the Greg Mottola film, Adventureland, and it recently featured in an episode of Californiacation.

On February 4, 1997, INXS kicked-off their Elegantly Wasted world tour with a VH1 special, filmed in Aspen, Colorado. Today's Best Songs Ever, “Don't Change,” closed the set list. Less than nine months later, Hutchence would be found dead in a hotel room from suicide:

Lyrics:

I'm standing here on the ground
The sky above won't fall down
See no evil in all direction
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark
For too long

Don't change for you
Don't change a thing for me

I found a love I had lost
It was gone for too long
Hear no evil in all directions
Execution of bitterness
Message received loud and clear

Don't change for you
Don't change a thing for me

I'm standing here on the ground
The sky above won't fall down
See no evil in all directions
Resolution of happiness
Things have been dark for too long

Don't change for you
Don't change a thing for me