So little time
Try to understand that
I'm trying to make a move just to stay in the game
I'm trying to stay awake and remember my name
But everybody's changing
And I don't feel the same

Keane - Everybody's Changing lyrics meaning


Everybody's Changing very neatly sums up the place the band were in before they really started to make waves in the music industry. 'Trying to make a move just to stay in the game / I try to stay awake and remember my name', writes Rice-Oxley, referring to the immense feelings of uncertainty and self-doubt over whether they would ever achieve the success they dreamed of.

Despite popular memory, 'Everybody's Changing' was in fact Keane's first single. It was originally recorded in the back-room of pianist Tim Rice-Oxley's parents' house in Sussex and, according to legend, the borrowed equipment broke halfway through, forcing them to move on to another house to mix the track. They were still unknown at this stage and so not in the position to use a professional studio.

The three-piece had been spotted by Fierce Panda's Simon Williams at a gig at London's Betsey Trotwood in December 2002. He'd been so impressed that he'd offered to put out a single for the band, which was then selected by Steve Lamacq to be single of the week on Radio 1. On its first release the song only managed to reach 122 in the charts; however, when a slicker studio version came out a year later after their smash-hit debut single 'Somewhere Only We Know', it charted at number four.

Everything, it appeared, was indeed changing.

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