(recorded by Ethel Waters in 1921)

They say don’t change the old for the new
But I found out that this will never do
When you grow old, you don’t last long
You’re just here my honey, then you’re gone

I loved a man for many years gone by
I thought his love for me would never die
He made a change and said I would not do
For now I’m gonna make some changes too

Why there’s a change in the weather, there’s a change in the sea
So from now on there’ll be a change in me
My walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothing about me’s goin’ be the same
I’m gonna change my long tall one for a little short fat
I’m gonna change my number where I’m livin’ at
Because nobody wants you when you’re old and gray
There’ll be some changes made today
There’ll be some changes made

Why there’s a change in the weather, there’s a change in the sea
So from now on there’ll be a change in me
Why my walk will be different, my talk and my name
Nothing about me gonna be the same
I’m gonna change my way of living, and that ain’t no bluff
Why I’m thinkin’ about changing the way I’m gonna strut my stuff
Because nobody wants you when you’re old and gray
There’ll be some changes made today
There’ll be some changes made

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