Time Changes Everything (song)

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"Time Changes Everything"
Single by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
B-side "That Brownskin Gal"
ReleasedSeptember 1940 [1]
RecordedApril 15, 1940
Studio Burrus Sawmill Studio, Saginaw, Texas
Genre Western swing
Label Okeh 05753
Songwriter(s) Tommy Duncan
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys singles chronology
"New San Antonio Rose"
"Time Changes Everything"
"Big Beaver"

"Time Changes Everything" is a Western swing standard with words and music written by Tommy Duncan, the long-time vocalist with Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys. [2] Written as a ballad, the lyrics tell of a failed romance and of the hurt that has healed. Each verse ends with:


Time changes everything.

Recording and legacy

The Texas Playboys recorded "Time Changes Everything" during an April 16, 1940, recording session in Saginaw, Texas. It was first released on the OKeh label, and has been reissued many times. (05753). [3] It became one of the top singles that year. Artists ranging from Roy Rogers (Decca 5908, 1940, with Spade Cooley on fiddle) [4] to Woody Herman and His Orchestra (Decca 3751, 1941) [5] soon brought out competing records. The Roy Rogers version reached number four on Billboard's "Hillbilly...Hits" chart in October, 1941

The Playboys recorded another version on July 1, 1960, in Hollywood, California. This version was also released on many labels. [6] In 1968 yet another version was recorded in Nashville with J. Preston doing the vocal. [7]

It has been recorded numerous times since, including on tribute albums by George Jones ( George Jones Sings Bob Wills ), Ray Price (Ray Price Sings San Antonio Rose), and Merle Haggard ( A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World (or, My Salute to Bob Wills) ).

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  1. 78 Record: Bob Wills And His Texas Playboys - That Brownskin Gal (1940) , retrieved 2021-07-20
  2. Catalog of Copyright Entries: Musical compositions, Part 3. Library of Congress, Copyright Office., 1941. page 1015
  3. San Antonio Rose: The Life And Music Of Bob Wills. Charles R. Townsend. 1976. University of Illinois. p. 344. ISBN   0-252-00470-1.
  4. White, King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West, p. 248.
  5. Kriebel, Blue Flame, p. 38: "The arrival of Ram Rubinwitch and Herbie Haymer gave the sax section a new look for the band's April 4 session at Decca, where they recorded the ballads 'You Call It Madness,' 'Intermezzo (A Love Story),' Time Changes Everything,' and 'My Mom,' all starring Herman as singer, and 'Lady Rhapsody'."
  6. San Antonio Rose: The Life And Music Of Bob Wills. Charles R. Townsend. 1976. University of Illinois. p. 362. ISBN   0-252-00470-1.
  7. San Antonio Rose: The Life And Music Of Bob Wills. Charles R. Townsend. 1976. University of Illinois. p. 367. ISBN   0-252-00470-1.