World in Changes – Dave Mason

Dave  Mason is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Worcester, who first found fame with the rock band Traffic.  In his long career, Mason has played and recorded with many of the era’s most notable musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac and Cass Elliot. Mason’s best known song is “Feelin’ Alright”, recorded by Traffic in 1968 and covered by dozens of artists, including Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. For Traffic, he also wrote “Hole in My Shoe”, a kind of psychedelic satire that became a classic in its own right. “We Just Disagree”, Mason’s 1977 solo hit written by Jim Krueger, has become a staple of Oldies and Adult Contemporary radio playlists.

Mason’s tenure with Traffic was disjointed. He co-founded the group, but left following the recording of their debut album, Mr. Fantasy (1967), only to rejoin halfway through the sessions for their next album, Traffic (1968), after which the band broke up. Last Exit (1969), a compilation of odds and ends, features little material by Mason apart from his song “Just For You”. Traffic would later reform without Mason, although he briefly toured with the band in 1971 as captured on Welcome to the Canteen.

Mason was a friend of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, whose career was launched in England in 1966. Hendrix first heard the song “All Along the Watchtower”, by Bob Dylan, at a party to which he was invited by Mason, and promptly decided to record his own version. That night he recorded the song at Olympic Studios, South West London, with Mason playing acoustic guitar. It was released on the Electric Ladyland album in September 1968.  When the song came out as a single in October, it hit #5 on the UK Singles Chart and was a Top 40 in the U.S. Mason later recorded his own version of the song on his self-titled 1974 album, Dave Mason with Bob Glaub on bass.

World in Changes

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Things could be lazy
If they weren’t so crazy
I wasn’t following you
Running in circles won’t find me no purpose
It’s right here with you and what I do

Changes of season, are nearly as pleasin’
As watchin’ the changes in you
Time for a new day in search of a new way
But are you sure that it will do

World in changes still going through
I’ve got a lot to learn about you
World in changes still going through
You’ve got a lot to learn about me too
You’ve got a lot to learn about me too

I said well, let’s see
What you really mean to me
I’ll tell the truth
‘Cause I can’t pretend
Find yourself a real friend
Then you nearly reached the end
Of all of this runnin’ ’round we do

World in changes still going through
I’ve got a lot to learn about you
World in changes still going through
You’ve got a lot to learn about me too
You’ve got a lot to learn about me too

World in changes
World in changes

  • Audio from the 1970 album, Alone Together:

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