Album: Blind Melon (1992)
Charted: 35
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  • In an interview with Details magazine for their July 1996 issue, Blind Melon manager Chris Jones explained that Shannon Hoon would sit on his mother's porch, singing this song over, and the family considers it a song of wonderful innocence; a song of hope. Said Jones: "He wrote it at the very end of a three-day coke binge in Indiana. During the first part I don't feel the sun's gonna come out today he was on the other side of the room, trying to see through the venetian blinds which were drawn so no light was coming in, and he was at a point where he couldn't even get up." >>
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    The Truth - Bowling Green, KY
  • Shannon Hoon dedicated this song to the late Kurt Cobain during the band's April 8, 1994 performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Hoon added new lines to the song concerning Cobain's recent passing. "Soup," a song released on a later album, also addressed the musician's passing. >>
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    Chris - Whitesboro, NY
  • The lyrics, "I know we can't all stay here forever so I want to write my words on the face of today and they'll paint it" are on Hoon's gravestone.
  • If you listen to this song only through the left speaker, you will hear only the harmonica and Shannon's voice in the intro. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Ian - Lakeville, MA, for above 2

Comments: 9

  • Jonah Lake from GoteborgThe song Change musically must have been inspired by the song Can't you see from the 70s. Same chords and vibe.
  • T Metz from MdSuch a loss of what could have been a legend. Huge heart but the drugs took him way too early, like many other legends. Mouthful of Cavities, head full of catastrophy.
  • Joel2point0 from Nashville, TnI think that Shannon Hoon was one of the most emotional song writers to ever live, which makes him one of the best song writers to ever live.
  • Brandon from San Diego, Cain my opinion blind melon was one of the greatest bands of all time, all their songs are absolutely beautiful and amazing, everytime i think about the loss of shannon hoon it makes me want to cry R.I.P. Shannon
  • Joey from Westville, NyAbsolutely awesome song. Artistic and beautiful.
  • Matt from Boston, MaGreat points by Chuck. It's sad to think that this band may be lost to the dust bin of history. I actually think Soup is even better than the first album. Maybe some day people will rediscover Blind Melon the way people rediscovered The Doors in the early 80's.
  • Skyler from Toledo, OhShannon is a double edged sword... the feeling and emotion he sings/writes with could not have come without the pain of addiction (my opinion). So, if he would have ever gotten "his act together", would his music have been so great?
  • Michael from Portland, Orchuck, it would be a waste of talent had they never created anything. they created two amazing albums, and put on countless cconcerts that inspired many
  • Chuck from Houston, TxI dont think most people today realize what a loss Blind Melon was, because Shannon Hoon couldn't get his act together and keep himself clean. I know it sounds harsh, but if you consider the waist of talent that occurred with his passing, its just sad to think the potential that band had, what could have been...
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