Song of the Day: “Everything Must Change” by Paul Young

It’s been a few years since I last listened to Paul Young’s superb 1985 album The Secret of Association. I recently bought an autographed copy of the 2-LP Music On Vinyl reissue from the fantastic superdeluxeedition.com. The signed LP is sold out but I highly recommend that you order the special edition booklet commemorating the album. It’s packed with interviews and commentary, and is still available at this link: https://superdeluxeedition.com/news/paul-young-the-secret-of-association-2lp-coloured-vinyl-reissue/

When I revisited this album again yesterday, I was stunned that I had almost forgotten about the track “Everything Must Change”. I remember hearing it only occasionally on the radio in 1985. This song should have been a #1 hit. Apparently it only reached #56 on the Billboard Hot 100 here in the United States, which is a damn shame because this is such a beautiful song. The Brits must have better taste in the case of this song, as the single reached #9 in the United Kingdom. Written by Paul Young and Ian Kewley, “Everything Must Change” is a rare gem of a song that contains lyrics that are as powerful and emotional as the music. Here’s a link to Paul performing the song on Top of the Pops. Enjoy!

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