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Slow Change
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: Bobby Sheehan

Just think about what you and I have been through
And tell me why I should not be afraid
I said I don't want to hear about the promises they told us
I don't wanna hear about the progress that they made

Slow change
Don't mean nothing to me

Well fear not, cause my fear soon turns to anger
As I watch my world get ruined by a pristine hand
And I'm out here, saying "Excuse me" like a stranger
Cause I never did learn how to say "Isn't this grand"

Slow change
Don't mean nothing to me

Black cat
Squashed flat...pretty gory

Came to play
Swept away...no big story


May be down
Still around...walking aftermath

Still alive
Learn to drive...don't cross his path

We shall overcome is what they tell us
But the sun goes down and dawns just too many times
That's all right, don't worry, in God do we trust
Besides, you went and got yours, so I guess I'll just go get mine

Slow change
Don't mean nothing to me

Slow change
Don't mean nothing to me

Slow change
Don't mean nothing to me

1990 Blues Traveler Music

First release: Let's Travel
Released: 01/01/1988
Earliest time played: 11/07/1988
Last time played: 10/13/2012
Playing frequency:
  469 plays (see all shows)
  25.24% of shows in the database
  25.38% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  A demo recording of this features good friend Joan Osborne on backup vocals. She would frequently guest on this song in the early days.
  This song once got the band kicked out of Dan Lynch Blues Bar - they played it for so long, so loudly, that the owner pulled the plug on them.

Other recordings of "Slow Change":
  Untitled demo, 1989
  Blues Traveler, 1990
  Greene Street Dumps, 1990
  June Releases, 1990
  King of New York, 1993
  All Access: The 1995 HORDE Festival CD-ROM, 1996
  Live: What You And I Have Been Through, 2002
  Live: Thinnest Of Air, 2003


Just think about what you and I have been through
The second half of this line was later reused for the title of their second live album.
Black cat
The first album appearance of the band's mascot, the black cat.
Came to play/Swept away...no big story
This may be a reference to New York's attempt to limit the amount of bandmembers on stage by way of the cabaret laws. These laws were enacted in the 1920's when jazz was in full swing in New York; the lawmakers would require that any musical group consisting of more than three members could not perform onstage in a venue that did not have a cabaret license. At the time blues Traveler was paying their dues in clubs of somewhat less-than-legitimate repute, the band would get around this law by having Bobby play while seated at the bar, his bass connected to the sound system via an extra-long cord.. The band "came to play" but feared being "swept away" - which to the local law enforcement was "no big story". An interesting side note is that part of this law is still on the books (the three-musician limit was repealed at the end of the 80's), which actually prohibits people from dancing publicly in establishments lacking a cabaret license. After years of non-enforcement, Rudy Giuliani did have the New York police begin to crack down on this activity again during his term as mayor.
We shall overcome is what they tell us
This line echoes the famous refrain of the racial-equality anthem, "We Shall Overcome". The abovementioned cabaret laws were reportedly passed as laws mostly against African-American establishments in Harlem, so this line rings quite appropriately.
But the sun goes down and dawns just too many times
In other words, too much time goes by - without the change they seek.