Change of Habit

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Words & Music: Buddy Kaye/ Ben Weisman
If you're in old habits
Set in your old ways
Changes are a-comin'
For these are changing days
And if your head is in the sand
While things are goin' on
What you need, what you need,
What you need is a change of habit

Now if you're in the habit
To let your temper fly
When you talk with people
Who don't see eye to eye
And if you don't believe it
There's a newer world ahead
What you need, what you need,
What you need is a change of habit

A change of habit, a change of outlook
A change of heart, you'll be all right
The halls of darkness
Have doors that open
It's never too late
To see the light

So if you're in the habit
Of putting people down
Just because they're different
From the wrong side of town
Well, don't count on any medals son
They're pinning none on you
What you need, what you need,
What you need is a change of habit
Recorded: 1969/03/06, first released on Let's Be Friends


atomic powered poste (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2018report abuse
Not bad, unusual drumming style for an elvis song, the lyrics reflect the social mood in the late 60's, but of course in a superficial way. Overall there is nothing wrong with the song, but the whole thing isn't to memorable either. 3 stars.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2017report abuse
This is one of the few soundtrack tunes I absolutely like. I gave it 5-stars. It's different and pertsonally I think it would have made a decent single, but if memory serves me right, this was the end of his movie career and like who cared anymore.
Jim Davidson (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 13, 2016report abuse
Change of Habit ranks near the top of my list. I always hit the repeat button on my CD player and listen to it at least 25 times.
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 9, 2016report abuse
Actually a pretty decent song from a pretty decent movie. Strongly phrased with poignant lyrics that fit in well with the film's story, it is a message song with a moralistic statement. Not a classic but genuinely well done.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 1, 2015report abuse
It's Elvis' own practicing on the bass guitar and therefore love for the instrument, that put the bass upfront on this song and Let Us Pray. Both the bassintro's were Elvis' wish/idea.
Lou A (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 14, 2014report abuse
I like this song a lot and all of the Change Of habit songs as well. If anyone remembers the Mickey Mouse Club, Mouseketeer Carl "Cubby " O'Brien plays drums on this track and Elvis gives him a chance to shine at the end of the song. Obrien plays on the other COH songs and Charro as well.
bk (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 13, 2014report abuse
Absolutely love this song.. My 3 teenage son's love this song too. One of them and I were talking the other day and we compare to being a forerunner to Michael Jackson's "a Man in Mirrior" Song. They both seem to have a similar meaning.
japio (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2013report abuse
Right in the face song. Great done. And so true. No one is better then the other. And underrated by the general music lovers
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2013report abuse
The bass intro in pure funk. A good song from a not so bad movie.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2013report abuse
I like this and every song on Change of Habit. I REALLY like the Camden albums, Flaming Star, Let's Be Friends, Almost In Love, C'mon Everybody and I Got Lucky. They were basically replacements for the 45EPs literally and figuratively.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2013report abuse
I really love this song, actually I love 90% of the movie songs from all the movies from Stay away joe and to change of habit, I think that many of those songs are just as enjoyable as most of the memphis songs from 69.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2013report abuse
Can't say I am a whole hearted convert to this song which has a rhythm and arrangement different from most other releases but there is something that prevents it hanging perfectly together. All a bit disjointed for me but still worth 3 stars.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2013report abuse
I've always liked this song immensely and it should definitely be far better known than it actually is. It's such a terrific, catchy, underrated, fun and feel good tune. I like the movie a whole lot too.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2012report abuse
Back when this song was put out RCA really missed the wagon. It was a contemporary movie with contemporary songs, plus they had the biggest artist in the history of entertainment, yet they failed in their promotional efforts. What a waste! At least "Rubbernecking" finally got the respect it deserved when it topped Billboard's Hot 100 singles sales chart in 2003.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2012report abuse
Love the movie, Love the song. Elvis was looking amazing and sounding great in 1969.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 28, 2012report abuse
1969 and the recordings by Elvis where getting great again. This and others really were a change of habit. What a turnaround from the songs being recorded for films in 1966 / 67. And check the responce in the pop charts. Top 10 hits in the singles and albums charts word wide. Welcome back Elvis, you were badly missed.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2010report abuse
I like the song very much. Would have been interesting to see how a single of Rubberneckin'/Change Of Habit would have done on the charts back in the day.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2010report abuse
A really catchy, feel good tune. I love it!
1 BILLION SOLD (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2010report abuse
I have always liked this song, just a good feeling happens when it plays, I know this cuz I just had it blarin' in my car not 8 minutes ago and I still have it in my head with good feelings!!!
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2010report abuse
Would have liked Lawdy Miss Clawdy jam session on the EP at the time.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 18, 2009report abuse
Not a particlarly good song,but the film was good.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 25, 2009report abuse
This is one I always liked. I like "Have a Happy" a lot too, from this film. I like it much better than Rubberneckin from the same movie--but these were all very much a cut above for a soundtrack. This feels like a hit song to some alternate universe where Bob Dylan hadn't already sung about changes "a-comin'" several years earlier. Lyrically, in fact, there's quite a bit here in common with Dylan's "The Time's They Are A'Changin'" from 1964. By the time Elvis sang this, the times had already kinda a-changed. But still, in many ways this song and movie felt much more in step with the times--a black woman as a major character, abortion mentioned, an attempted rape, the idea of celibacy for the clergy--it was not a great movie, but man, compared to Harum Scarum and Kissin Cousins, Elvis must have really felt like he had a real script for once!
OneSidedLoveAffair (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 25, 2009report abuse
I never liked this song (it's rhythm is very odd) or the movie. Goodie two-shoes MTM and Elvis? Not!
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 24, 2009report abuse
One of his best title moviesong,and like someone said,too bad you can't hear it in the movie that good.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 24, 2009report abuse
The very interesting and odd, yet enjoyable title tune to Elvis' last movie (not counting documentaries). A little bit funky, a little bit rock n' roll with a nice message behind it. Not quite a gospel or sacred song, but definitely leaning in that direction. Elvis manages to pull everything together and make this one memorable. Like the movie, this song is very underrated and it should not be confused with just another Elvis movie title song.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 24, 2009report abuse
One of the very few Ben Weisman's songs that actually I can listen, and even enjoy it. That says much about the quality of the writer than the song it self. Anyway I enjoy very much the film witch marks the end of an era.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 9, 2008report abuse
I Love this song! And I Love the movie! This is a song, that, with a good "overdub" and "remix" could be a hit in 2008.
Sundial77 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
I always liked this song, but 'thanks' to the movie it's very underrated like many songs from this period, to me it's a hit!
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
Very nice one. After the American Studio's sessions, it was the type of song needed to go on with !
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
A nice song, I always liked it. One of the better of the movie songs. However it now seems kind of dated.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
A song at the very end of Elvis' movie career. As I was also growing up this song inspired me quite a lot. I never really liked the movie, but this songh brightens up my day.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
Excellent movie song, one of the better title tracks. Should be better known. Another hidden gem that could use new life. Gee it was even buried in the movie with all the traffic blaring in the background.
Jimmy Boy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
Always liked this one, lyrics a bit naff but musically great (heavy funk bass riffs and break beat section) Sung really well too. Singer special in the can and vegas rehearsals to look forward too - our man was on the up!
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
I remember the humiliation of this Elvis film going straight to television without a showing in cinemas in the UK. I never really rated the film, but the songs were a notch above Elvis' previous efforts of the then past six or seven years. I can't make my mind up about this particular number though.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 8, 2008report abuse
together with "Edge of reality" this song has a place apart for me; and it's a positive place.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 5, 2008report abuse
Without any doubt one of the better title tracks of an Elvis flick.
ElvisDayByDay (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2008report abuse
This song has something going for it, just can't put my finger on what it is.