The Paul McCartney Project

Looking For Changes

Written by Paul McCartney

Album This song officially appears on the Off The Ground Official album.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1993

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Song facts

From songfacts:

This song is about cruel treatment of test animals used for science experiments. McCartney has been a vegetarian for nearly 40 years and a very active member of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). This song was inspired by a montage video McCartney saw of animals being treated cruelly in test labs.

A more abbreviated version appeared at the end of McCartney’s concerts in 1993. This shocked many fans and critics because the video was very gruesome and graphic. For his 1994 VHS release Off The Ground Tour 1993, he put the disturbing montage at the end of the tape. The tape even came with a disclaimer on the back warning people of disturbing images. McCartney later commented, “I showed this clip because people need to see the truth as disturbing as it may be. To me what’s more disturbing is people trying to pretend this isn’t happening.

Last updated on November 19, 2016

Lyrics

I saw a cat with a machine in his brain
The man who fed him said
He didn't feel any pain
I'd like to see that man take out that machine
And stick it in his own brain
You know what I mean

I saw a rabbit with its eyes full of tears
The lab that owned her had
Been doing it for years
Why don't we make them pay for every last eye
That couldn't cry its own tears
Do you know what I mean

When I tell you that we'll all be
Looking for changes
Changes in the way we treat our fellow creatures
And we will learn how to grow

Well I tell you that we'll all be
Looking for changes
Changes in the way we treat our fellow creatures
And we will learn how to grow,
When we're looking for changes

I saw a monkey that was learning to choke
A guy beside him gave him cigarettes to smoke
And every time that monkey started to cough
The bastard laughed his head off
Do you know what I mean

When I tell you that we'll all be
Looking for changes
Changes in the way we treat our fellow creatures
And we will learn how to grow

When we're looking for changes
We're looking for changes
We're looking for changes
We're looking for changes in the way we are

Officially appears on


Off The Ground

Official album • Released in 1993

2:46 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Clavinet
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon


Paul Is Live

Official live • Released in 1993

2:41 • LiveL1

Performed by:
Paul McCartneyLinda McCartneyRobbie McIntoshHamish StuartPaul WickensBlair Cunningham
Paul McCartney:
Producer
Geoff Emerick:
Engineering, Mixing
Julian Mendelsohn:
Recording
Bob Kraushaar:
Recording

Concert From the concert in Kansas City, USA on May 31, 1993


Off the Ground - The Complete Works

Official album • Released in 1993

2:49 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney:
Backing vocals, Bass, Electric guitar, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals
Robbie McIntosh:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar
Paul Wickens:
Backing vocals, Clavinet
Blair Cunningham:
Backing vocals, Drums
Julian Mendelsohn:
Producer
Bob Kraushaar:
Engineer

Session Recording:
December 1991 - July 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Session Mixing:
September - October 1992
Studio:
Hog Hill Studio, Rye, UK

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Bootlegs


Magical Toronto Night

Unofficial live

3:18 • Live

Concert From the concert in Toronto, Canada on Jun 06, 1993


Let Me Roll It To Boulder

Unofficial live

3:01 • Live

Concert From the concert in Boulder, USA on May 26, 1993


Lumpy Trousers

Unofficial live

2:41 • Studio version


219 W. 53 Street

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

2:47 • Live • Recorded Live at The Ed Sullivan Theatre, New York 10 December, 1992 - for the "Up Close" TV show

Paul McCartney:
Bass guitar, Piano, Vocals
Linda McCartney:
Background vocals, Keyboard
Robbie McIntosh:
Guitar
Hamish Stuart:
Bass guitar
Paul Wickens:
Keyboard
Blair Cunningham:
Drums

First Night

Unofficial live • Released in 1993

3:34 • Live


Live performances

“Looking For Changes” has been played in 67 concerts and 2 soundchecks.

Latest concerts where “Looking For Changes” has been played


PETA's 35th Anniversary Party

Sep 30, 2015 • USA • Hollywood • Hollywood Palladium







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