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Formed in Nottingham, England, as the Jaybirds in 1965,
they abandoned their pedestrian title for a name that
slotted in with the booming underground progressive music
scene. The quartet of Alvin Lee (b. 19 December 1944,
Nottingham, England; guitar, vocals), Chick Churchill (b. 2
January 1949, Mold, Flint/Clywd, Wales; keyboards), Ric Lee
(b. 20 October 1945, Cannock, Staffordshire, England;
drums) and Leo Lyons (b. 30 November 1943, Bedford,
England; bass) played a mixture of rock 'n' roll and blues
that distinguished them from the More...


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Alvin Lee's Words | Reviewer: Donna
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

"On the news media again. I realized that the world was definitely not living up to my hopes, I find it difficult enough to control my own life. Yes the world could use some changes, but who can make decisions for other people's lives, only the ignorant I fear." From Alvin Lee's Website.
It seems that Alvin Lee was overwhelmed by everything that was wrong in the World. He names some of the things he sees wrong and it was not just Lberal but also Conservative views. "Tell me where's there's sanity." He sees everything is out of control. He has a yearning to change the World but he's so overwhelmed he doesn't know where to start. What can he do as one man that can change everything that's wrong. That everyone has to change himself. You only have control of yourself.
"I'd love to change the World
But I don't know what to do.
So I'll leave I it up to you."

He also sees the danger in the Socialist idea.
"Tax the rich,
Feed the poor
Til there are rich no more"

Yes and....... What then? Do people really think that the higher us are going to be taking the same as everyone else? After the rich are poor where will the money come from then. There has never been a successful true Socialist Society and that's why eventually the ones running the every thing will not give up their comfort. That's when Socialism goes wrong and there has never been a successful Socialist society. It becomes a Dictatorship and to survive you are enslaved to the Government.

I think the soft sober tune of the song enhances the realization the World is headed down the wrong track. When naming the things he sees wrong he's aggressive, but when it comes to the chorus he becomes very soft and sober.

That is my opinion after reading his own words.
Regardless I will always love Ten Years After's Music.

Smokey | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Problem is when you are young you actually believe that a single voice makes a difference and that you can actually change something - as you get older you realize it is all a sham because in reality you are the only one who cares and you are standing and facing the tidal wave alone ............

All thats changed from then is, we have learned to live in fear | Reviewer: Eugene.C
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Dropping chemicals and napalm on people seemed like the right way to get our point across .As a child i was raised with the thought of one day having to hide under my desk at school if i saw a bright flash. Songs like this ,made us all ask why !

Grow up | Reviewer: Robert Misfeldt
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Great song from the day, still brings back good memories The bottom line is this when we are young we often have imature thoughts about many things, we tend to be very liberal. In time we grow up, many of us will mature and see things very different. We become more center or right of center in our views, that is if we do mature. the song says Tax the rich feed the poor till there are no rich no more sounds like Obama. Concider this how many poor or middle class folks have you gotten a job from latly?

right vs left simplified | Reviewer: Anonymous
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

right vs left - simplified

less taxes - da!
less government -da!
jobs for everyone - da!

Solution:

right- survival of the fittest and ---- the weak.

left- there has to be a better solution the the ---- up world we are in today

betogascti@hotmail.com | Reviewer: beto de NEUQUEN ARGENTINA
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Hola desde Neuquen patagonia argentina, soy beto gassibe , guitarrista y vocal de Protexis de caderas, es una banda fanatica de Then years after y fanaticos con esta cancion culturosa de la cual no solo el mensaje es para la eternidad sino su melodia, y ademas la tocamos en cada presentacion , amamos THEN YEARS AFTER , queremos un mensaje para Argentina asi - es lo mas suerte por un mundo com el de la cancion -

Patriots Against The Bush Treason | Reviewer: RotiartAsIhsuB
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Why do the damned George Bush worshipers have to come out from under their rocks and throw their twisted political crap at the wall for all to see when they were supposed to be talking about the song? You people are pigs. George Bush was warned dozens of times a large terrorist attack inside the U.S. was coming, he chose to DO NOTHING. Then he used that to mobilize America to launch an unprovoked attack on IRAQ, which did nothing to us. Killing 400,000 innocent people. That was as evil as what Al Qaeda did to us. Bush transferred so much wealth to the superrich and to China that he left this country nearly bankrupt, far weaker economically and militarily than when he was installed as president, after having stolen the elction in 2000. YET YOU PIGS STILL SUPPORT bUSH, AND WORSHIP HIM ALMOST AS A gOD, THO THE BIBLE SAYS YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE ANY OTHER GODS. You say you believe in the Bible and the Constitution, yet all your actions say THE OPOSITE.

Love this tune | Reviewer: misterm
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

I too am almost 50, but was only seven when this song came out. Yeah I had longish hair and a peace sign on the back of my denim vest, but I had older brothers and sisters who I was taught by. I didn't know much other than I fell in love with the music not the meaning of the lyrics. I would like to see Obama and his ilk in one of them. I am against the current war, but war is a fact of life for without war there is no peace!
Like I like listening too good music I like watching good movies. The music world, like academia and Hollywood, is inherently liberal hence the abundance of anti-Bush videos accompanying this song. Too many young people get their political beliefs from movie stars, teachers and musicians when they should just shut up and do their jobs.

Changes of the times. | Reviewer: Hash 227
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Now that I am almost 50, I realize that my interpretations of this tune are completely different. Yes, in 1971 I had (relatively) long hair and lots of (relatively) liberal ideas of the world & country. I'm now one of the most adamant "right-wingers" that you will find.

That being said, in retrospect this is still a great tune, and as one reviewer has stated, can be interpreted both ways.

In listening to a tune, particularly in those very turbulent times, perhaps it was (is) best to try to put the meaning of the lyrics on the (way) back-burner, and just enjoy the great guitar riff and melody of the song.

correct lyrics | Reviewer: Ed Smith
    ------ About the song I'D LOVE TO CHANGE THE WORLD performed by Ten Years After

Which are the correct lyrics for this verse. You say More pollution, there's no solution, restitution, mass confusion, spread the word, rich or poor, save the earth, stop the was but almost every other lyric source says- world pollution, there's no solution, institution, electrocution,just black and white, rich or poor, them and us, stop the war. Who's correct? Thank you.


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