In 2002 Will Young won the first ever UK Pop Idol contest with Gareth Gates the runner-up. In 2007 Gates had a #14 in the UK with a song called "Changes." A year later Young showed he still had the upper-hand when his song of the same title did better, reaching the UK Top 10 (no changes there!)
This was written by Young, together with his frequent collaborator Eg White. Among White's other songwriting credits are Will Young's Ivor Novello Award winning "Leave Right Now" and James Morrison's UK Top 10 hit, "You Give Me Something."
Will Young said on his record label's website: "Eg really brings the best out of me. Writing with him is like having a very frank conversation, straight to the heart. This is one of my most personal songs. I was in a bit of a rut and I didn't even know it. Writing about the changes I needed to make actually helped me get out a situation where I felt trapped by my own actions. That really is songwriting as therapy!"
Michael Jackson's "Liberian Girl" opens with the South African female singer Letta Mbulu saying the Swahili phrase "Naku penda piya-naku taka piya-mpenziwe." There was some geographic liberty here, as Swahili is not spoken in the West African nation of Liberia.