The Times They Are A-Changin’

I’m not one for poetry and all that but couldn’t resist this. Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ which he wrote as an artist/civil rights activist in 1963. It resonated with me.

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’.
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’.
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.


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3 responses to “The Times They Are A-Changin’

  1. His generation of civil rights/activist folk singers, including one of my favourites, Joan Baez, were impressive.

    So were their corollary (Gilles Vigneau, Pauline Julien, Zachariah Richard, and many more literary types) in Quebec in the 60’s and 70’s la Revolution Tranquille, which saw Quebec do a 180 on itself in about a 25 year period of activism 1950’s to 70’s culminating in the election to power of the leftist Parti Quebecois in 1975, and massive reform for women (and thus men) regarding marriage, childbearing, and working. From one of the most conservative of Roman Catholic nations Quebec become one of the most liberal (Jansenism, to secular essentially).

    The Eyes on the Prize, on the Black Civil Rights movement in the US, is a PBS series that is very inspiring too.

    Alas, the capacity for war protest songs of the current generation is so poor that transplanted Canadian Neil Young came out of semi-retirement to play campuses with his anti Iraq songs.

    If you aren’t aware of it already, you might like the Dixie Chicks’ response to their silencing by the George Bush admin and a hysterical post-9/11 USA, after lead singer Natalie Maines said, “we don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas” (the Dixie Chicks’ home state), during her inter-song patter in a London concert right before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    The reaction and their response is told in an excellent documentary: Shut.Up. And. Sing (available in full):

    And their reply to George Bush, and his ilk: “Not Ready to Make Nice”

    Dixie Chicks – Not Ready To Make Nice (Official Music Video) – Watch more top selected videos about: Dixie_Chicks

  2. …obviously the quraan and the sunnah do not resonate with you but the mu’adhin of shaytaan and his poetry (ref last ayaat of soorah al Shu’arah) does…
    Yet another reason why you should be where bobby Dylan and other judaic/Christi missionaries of shataan live and propogate and resonate with the likes of you.
    Please consider my offer for a location swap seriously.

    I feel ur pain and ur hatred for all things islaamic in KSA and I want you to be happy and I know you will be happy here in the US of A with your brethren and sisters amongst the jews the christians the wiccans and western modernist progressive assimilative future concious mozlems

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