Don't Ever Change

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Don’t Ever Change

I encountered this song in a fine “barbershop-quartet” arrangement by the Beatles, worthy of being included on one of their albums, but only appearing in the double CD of their BBC radio show from the early 1960s. I later found out it was a Carole King and Gerry Goffin song from 1961, and it was a hit for the Crickets in 1962. In 1963 the Beatles sang it on their BBC radio show, Pop Go the Beatles, and this version was released in the 1994 compilation, Live at the BBC, from which I developed this guitar solo, performed on March 19, 2011.

It has words, of course, and they are straight out of late 1950s / early 1960s pop music:

You never wear a stitch of lace
And powder's never on your face
You're always wearing jeans except on Sunday
       So please don't ever change
       No don't you ever change
       I kinda like you just the way you are
You don't know the latest dance
But when it's time to make romance
Your kisses let me know you're not a tomboy
       So please don't ever change
       No don't you ever change
       Oh promise me you're always gonna be
       As sweet as you are

I love you when you're happy
I love you when you're blue
I love you when you're mad at me
So how can I get tired of you?

Lots of other girls I've seen
Know how to treat guys mean
But you would rather die than ever hurt me
       So please don't ever change
       No don't you ever change
      Oh promise me you're always gonna be
       As sweet as you are

I played and sang this charming piece before a group of adolescent girls at a friend’s house, and they giggled at all the right spots, so we know it still has the magic that made it a hit in the early 1960s.