This song is about someone struggling to adapt to changes around them, particularly their friends who are growing up, moving away, and losing interest in things they once shared with the singer.
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Keane was a struggling band without a record deal when Simon Williams from the Indie label Fierce Panda Records spotted them at a gig and signed them. This was released as their first single, and it drew lots of attention from major labels. Island Records won the bidding war and signed the band.
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After the Conservatives used this at their 2010 election manifesto launch where leader David Cameron gave a speech, Keane protested that the party never asked their permission to use the song. Band member Richard Hughes wrote on Twitter, "Am horrified. To be clear – we were not asked. I will not vote for them." A Conservative spokesman responded: "It's a great song and David's a great fan." The Keane boys can object all they like, but there is nothing artists can do about UK political parties playing their records at these events, as such public performance of recorded music is covered by a blanket license.
Hughes told The London Times: "Everybody's Changing is definitely world-weary. I wrote that at a time when we were quite low. We'd given up our London dream and had to slink back to Battle. We were feeling really isolated as a band. All our friends were making their way in the world and we were back at square one. Also, everyone I knew was jettisoning who they had been and was trying to be cool. I didn't know whether to go with that or not. I decided to stay my geeky self."
Boston leader Tom Scholz went back to his job at Polaroid after releasing the group's debut album. When his co-workers kept coming by to tell him "More Than A Feeling" was playing on the radio, he knew it was time to quit his day job.
16-tear-old Lorde wrote the lyrics to "Royals" at home in just half an hour. She was inspired by the "ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence" that runs through such albums as Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die.