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Paul Weller performs 'Changing Man' live on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury 2007.

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"The Changingman"
Single by Paul Weller
from the album Stanley Road
ReleasedMay 1995
  • CD
  • vinyl
  • Blues rock
  • alternative rock
  • blue-eyed soul
LabelGo! Discs
Writer(s)Brendan Lynch, Paul Weller
Producer(s)Paul Weller
Paul Weller singles chronology

"The Changingman" is a song released by Paul Weller as the lead single from his 1995 album Stanley Road. It charted at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Chart performance
  • 4 References


The Changingman was co-written by Brendan Lynch, and performed, written and produced by Paul Weller, who sings and plays guitar, piano and shakers on the record. Carleen Anderson provides back-up vocals, as does Steve Cradock and Dr. Robert who also play the guitar and bass guitar respectively. In addition, Steve White plays drums and Lynch played the Cyremin.[1] The song sampled the Electric Light Orchestra's "10538 Overture" at Lynch's suggestion and on the agreement that if ELO sued it came out of Lynch's royalties;[2] it also borrowed from The Beatles' "Dear Prudence", which inspired the ELO record.[3] Weller claimed that the song's title came from the name his daughter Leah gave to one of her dolls, although at the time his friend Terry Rawlings managed a band called that.[3] The song expresses Weller's mantra of breaking things up if they are getting too comfortable; the previous year, he had divorced his wife, Dee C. Lee, breaking up what appeared to the public to be a happy marriage. In an interview with Mojo in 2010, he expressed that this was because there were senses "that things were going too well, we were too happy, too comfortable, everything seemed too nice that for me as a writer and an artist I might lose my edge. I had to break the shape up, re-arrange things", noting that said turmoil supplanted the lyrics of the entire parent album and stated that the lyric 'numbed by the effect, aware of the muse, too in touch with myself, I light the fuse' "was about the process of causing chaos around you".[4]

Music video

A music video was produced for the song. It alternates between clips of Weller singing and playing guitar, shots of a dancer and assorted symbols.[5]

Chart performance

The song peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart, spending four weeks on the chart and becoming his first solo top ten hit.[6]


  1. ^ Stanley Road (Media notes). Paul Weller. Go! Discs. 
  2. ^ Rachel, Daniel (12 September 2013). Isle of Noises: Conversations with great British songwriters. Pan Macmillan. p. 206. 
  3. ^ a b Reed, John (5 November 2009). Paul Weller: My Ever Changing Moods. Omnibus Press. p. 422. 
  4. ^ "The Changingman by Paul Weller". Songfacts. 
  5. ^ "Paul Weller – The Changingman". YouTube. 
  6. ^ "Paul Weller | full Official Chart History". The Official Charts Company. 

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