Album: Changes (2003)
Charted: 1
  • Ozzy's group Black Sabbath recorded this in 1972 for their album Vol. 4. Kelly is Ozzy's daughter, and when they recorded it as a duet, they changed some of the lyrics to make it about a father and daughter drifting apart.
  • This came out around the time Ozzy crashed his ATV. He was badly hurt, but the publicity from the accident helped this song do very well in the UK.
  • This was not the first father/daughter collaboration to top the UK charts. Frank and Nancy Sinatra reached #1 with "Somethin' Stupid" in 1967.
  • For the original 1972 version, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi stayed up all night snorting cocaine and learning piano while the band was in LA recording Vol. 4. Ozzy came in and heard the piano part that Iommi had written, and liked it. Ozzy started singing and, on the final recorded version, Geezer played the mellotron.
  • The song was covered by American soul singer Charles Bradley in 2013 as a Record Store Day single and later became the title track and cornerstone of his third album.

    Bradley told Noisey why he likes the track so much. "That song is very emotional to me. I didn't want to learn that song, I used to sing it lyric by lyric. But when I listened to the whole song, the story of the song it made me think about talking with my mother, bonding.
    I'd come home from tour… and I'm the only one out of her boys that she'd let come in and jump in the bed with her, and we'd sit there and talk. She'd tell me a lot of things about her.

    The last 12 years of her life, she actually told me things that got me stronger. She told me 'I was trying to tell it to all y'all kids, but y'all didn't listen to me.' I'm glad I took the open heart and said let bygones be bygones and let's get to know each other."
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Comments: 17

  • Amanda from Tennessee 15 days from now my BabyGirl is getting married. Instead of a father/daughter dance she wants a mother/daughter dance. She’s picked this song for us. It’s a sad song but it fits. A little over a year ago I found her lifeless. She tried ending her life not her first time doing so over a 5 year span. Every time I found her only 3 of them I fought to bring her back.
    This song fits for us. Every time I told her I wasn’t going to lose my best friend. So much has changed she’s not just my old best friend I once knew. She’s grown into a strong young woman and I couldn’t be more happy for her.
  • Ricky from Ohsweken, Ontario CanadaAgreed Crizzle. 'Tis a crime indeed.
  • Sara from Rutherfordton, NcMy dad died 4 years ago in December, I was only 13 years old and had lost my best friend from M.S. He was one of the biggest Ozzy Osbourne fan that I knew/k now and when I first heard this song I could not believe it. Thank you Kelly and Ozzy for singing this song together. It's amazing.
  • Crizzle from Rincon, GaI can't beleive the Sabbath version of Changes isn't on this site.
  • Rick from Dallas, TxI think both versions of "CHANGES" are very good to say the least. I was not much of an Ozzy or Black Sabbath fan and much less a fan of Osbourne T.V. show. I heard these 2 versions less than a year a go and it totally hit home base with me. My daughter is growing up to be a young lady and I know that soon she will be moving on and my DAD just passed a few months before I heard this song. It has brought much much relief to my my sadness from my DAD's passing but I must let go, because we all go through "CHANGES"!
  • Todd from Toronto, CanadaI figured this song would be about ozzy's first wife whom he divorced in the late seventies and wasnt this one of the last black sabbaths last songs, well according to a book i have it is(the book is by ozzy)
  • Jay from Whittier, CaI'm a huge Black Sabbath fan and this is one of my favorite songs. Both lyrics and music were written by Tony Iommi. Geezer Butler wrote "Junior's Eyes" about Ozzys father. Ozzy wrote "Who Are You" and "Am I Going Insane (Radio)". Personally I think the Kelly/Ozzy duet is a poor version of the song due to the fact that Kelly had to drop an octave and couldn't hit the notes on the chorus, and also that song is driven by string quartet instead of piano. Also this song came out in 72, Ozzy's father passed away in 78, so there is no way the song is about his dad.
  • Spencer from Mcbride, Canadaexactly mike....just because your on tv, doesnt mean people like you
  • Garrett from Clermont, FlOzzy may not have written this song but his vocals on the original version were awesome. Ozzy Osbourne rocks forever
  • Mike from Warwick, RiI can't beleive Kelly actually put out an album..Hey Osbourne family, this is life calling, we love Ozzy but your 15 minutes is over.
  • Mark from Los Angeles, CaOzzy, from my sources, did not write this song.
    Most people believe Ozzy was Black Sabbath's lyricist, but he was not. Geezer Butler wrote all Sabbath's lyrics. Ozzy did write "Junior's Eyes" about his father, and "I'm Going Insane", but, again did not write "Changes".
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhOzzie has been in a major downslide the last twenty years. First he had no hits, then Kelly was born.
  • Robert from Chicago, Ilthis was a crappy song with black sabbath back in the 70s and kelly has just further &%$#ed it up. Kelly Osbourne sung a song where she said Papa Dont Preach, she shoulda sang a song called Daughter Dont Sing.
  • Lyzette from Moorpark, Cathis is an amazing song. just remove kelly's voice and i'd buy it!!
  • Catherine from London, Englandit was orginally written by ozzy about/for his father
  • Billy Ross from Hagerstown, Mdwhat a sad song
  • Jennifer from Timmins, CanadaI really love this song. It fits for my dad and I, and I am sure for alot of other fathers and daughters out there.
    thanks Ozzy and Kelly
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