XXXTentacion, Changes: the lyrics and their meaning

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Changes is among the most popular songs ever produced by the American rapper XXXTentacion, probably because it’s the last single officially released by the rapper before he was murdered in June 2018. Featuring John Cunningham and PnBRock, the song sheds some light on love relationships from the rapper’s point of view, and many believe it’s closely related to his private life. This article will present the facts, an interpretation of the song’s lyrics and will provide the complete lyrics at the end.

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Changes: inside the lyrics and their meaning

Under a sad piano melody, Changes expresses the pain the rapper is experiencing because the girl he loves has changed. He’s still emotionally connected to her, but she’s now distant, and his heart is suffering.

In the middle of the song, PnBRock repeats many times:

Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me

Meaning that her behavior has changed, and the new situation is complicated for XXXTentacion to cope with. As we can see in the other lines of the song, the artist is confused about what is happening: his heart is still involved, but what he sees hurts, and the pain is so intense that he cannot stand it:

Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this
You’re changing, I can’t stand it
My heart can’t take this damage
And the way I feel, can’t stand it

It’s the typical feeling we have when a relationship gets colder and distant while our heart is still in love. Our emotions need a little more time to accept the new situation, and during this period, love hurts because it’s not returned, not aligned with how life is going.

Is XXXTentacion’s Changes about his relationship with Geneva Ayala?

Many fans assume that the relationship XXXTentacion refers to in Changes lyrics is the one he had with Geneva Ayala. Although the rapper never confirmed (or denied) it, it’s probably a fair assumption, given the weight of this relationship on his life.

Geneva Ayala was XXXTentacion’s girlfriend in 2016. During the few months they lived together, Geneva accused the rapper of many episodes of domestic violence, culminating in an arrest in October 2016. XXXTentacion spent months in jail and was released in 2017.

Changes was written after the rapper went out of jail. During those months, XXXTentacion wrote several songs where he expressed his residual feelings for Geneva and his struggle in trying to move on.

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The complete lyrics

Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this
You’re changing, I can’t stand it
My heart can’t take this damage
And the way I feel, can’t stand it
Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this
You’re changing, I can’t stand it
My heart can’t take this damage
And the way I feel, can’t stand it
Mmm, baby, I don’t understand it

Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me
Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me
Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me
Mmm, ohh
Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me
Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me
Girl, you’re makin’ it hard for me

Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this
You’re changing, I can’t stand it
My heart can’t take this damage
And the way I feel, can’t stand it
Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this
You’re changing, I can’t stand it
My heart can’t take this damage
And the way I feel, can’t stand it
Mmm, baby, I don’t understand this

You’re changing, I can’t stand it
My heart can’t take this damage
And the way I feel, can’t stand it
Mmm, baby, I don’t understand it