This week’s song of the week is Bob Schneider’s “Changing Your Mind,” which was featured in the movie Harmony and Me. Here’s a live version I found on YouTube:

This song is great in the movie, but it’s also just a great song. I didn’t know anything about Schneider’s music before now, but I definitely want to check more of it out. What I’ve learned so far is that he’s an Austin-based musician, which speaks well of him in my book. Also, his newest album includes a version of this song with Patty Griffin, also a plus.

I think the sense of sad resignation in “Changing Your Mind” is what appeals to me most. There are times in life when someone in your life makes a decision that drastically affects or perhaps even ends your relationship and there’s nothing you can do about it. This song captures that moment really well, I think.

But it’s also kind of upbeat. The last verse recalls what appealed to you about that person in the first place. And even if the person is gone, at least you have the memories of what was. In other words, to quote a song from Tina Turner, something beautiful remains.

Here are the lyrics:

What’s so funny is nobody’s laughing at this change of heart you’re having.

What’s so funny is I’m filled up with thunder, but I can’t seem to get out from under, all these stones you tied to my chest.

I can’t change your mind.
I can’t change your mind.

What’s so funny is I’m scared and lonely, and I don’t think that I’m the only one as I watch you drive away.

And what’s so funny is the birds are singing, sun shining, and bells are ringing and I’m thinking, ‘what happened here?’

and I can’t change your mind.
and I can’t change your mind.
and I can’t change your mind.
and I can’t change your mind.

There’s a chapel in Minneapolis and it holds the bones of a dead saint in it the stain glass glows from the ceiling there, and reminds me of the feeling where I first looked into your eyes, and saw the most beautiful birds fly straight into the sun, their wings on fire, the deed was done.

Oh and I can’t change your mind.
I can’t change your mind.
I can’t change your mind.

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