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Bob Dylan The Times They Are A-Changin' Lyrics

Last updated: 11/18/2013 04:49:43 PM

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 prophesies with your pen,
Keep your eyes wide,
The chance won't come again;
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, congress men
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's 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;
The old road is like sinking sand.
Please don’t stand in the way
Of a bright new day,
Lend a hand, and pray
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn,
The curse has passed,
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'.

Thanks to Glory Cloud Revelation for submitting The Times They Are A-Changin' Lyrics.

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The Times They Are A-Changin' | Reviewer: Glory Cloud Revelation | 11/18/13

The Times They are A-Changin' has always been one of my top Bob Dylan songs.
I was one of the youth, then, of whom Bob Dylan's songs influenced. He helped many people to grow up and see in between the lines of propaganda and ulterior motives of what was set before us. For example it is now proven in the history of the Vietnam War that it was a big blunder for all those thousands of young men to die in a war that was dragged out for over a decade when it could have been over with much sooner. However, now that I am a parent and getting older, I like the new lyrics of "The Times They Are A-Changin' better. (and all the parents said, "AMEN"!)

Prophetic street anthem for our times | Reviewer: Steve Borrow | 3/5/08

Reviewer: | 3/1/2008
This song was written at a time when the civil rights movement was building a powerful momentum and the youth of the world were questioning the injustices they had inherited. It is, in one sense, a messianic prophesy and, in another, a call to arms. Bob calls on us (“people wherever we roam”) to prepare ourselves for an enveloping tide of social change that he predicts will unsettle the current order of things. He issues a plea to the keepers of conventional wisdom: parents, politicians, and writers, to accept the inevitability of this or be overwhelmed by it. The youth, he warns, can no longer be contained and will demand that your old ideas give way to their new vision. Like many of the Bob Dylan’s songs written at this time, it became something of an anthem for the international protest movement. Bob was right, of course. The times were a'changing, are a'changing, and will continue to change. Just ask Joe Hill when next you see him.