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Bob Dylan Times They Are A Changing Lyrics

Last updated: 02/21/2013 01:39:05 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 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 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'.

Thanks to aramis for submitting Times They Are A Changing Lyrics.

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Non-understanding | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/21/13

Alex is so right,our world is just blindfolded.Some people just don't understand what good music is....... Ever listened to rap? It doesn't compare to old fashioned Bob Dylan,most of my friends just don't know what classic music is....

Most Appropriately Applied to the Age of Liberal Media Dominance | Reviewer: Bobby | 12/13/12

We have been sold a lemon not once but twice in the form of Obama thanks to liberal media. Strangely, by applying "evil" capitalist tactics like advertising and spin.

Welcome ye all to the age of superficiality and declining values

read, are u blind? | Reviewer: alex | 8/19/12

The song still fits perfectly to this decade, I just turned 22 and I can truely relate to his lyrics. America is blind. Blindfolded by media and dumed down without even knowing it. There are wars purposely started either for a never ending lust for greed, or an evil agenda. While we gourge on our mountains of chemicaly enhansed meals. The world can only watch and dream of wing a pair of Jordans, and a touch screen fridge, while the powerful and wealthy plot their next move we sit on our couch watch jersey shore. Open your minds and read a book stop watching CNN and the devil fox news worry about our future because freedom is old news. Take of the Prada sun glasses and look at the world beafore you. Times are changing.

times did change | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/1/12

Things DID change. Compare the western world between before the 60s and now. Pretty different, eh? It's always happening. Although sometimes it comes in bursts, and I think we're about to experience another one soon. :D

lol | Reviewer: nick | 12/8/11

since the 1960's there has been a lot of changes in so many different ways. but it's true that the average americans are still struggling just to get by, and the wealthy and powerful are still just as greedy as ever. pretty soon there will be no middle class, it's just going to be upper and lower classes.. which if that happens, i wouldn't be surprised to see another revolutionary war.

ps. the music now-a-days is shit. i'm in my 20's and it's sad how many people listen to songs such as "niggas in paris" really? come on. i listened to it of course, and my grade for it is an F.

to bad.. | Reviewer: Rosa | 7/11/11

Every time I hear this song, I shuddered to the bone. This song was a call for social revolution that would shake the core of American capitalistic world during the 60's. Too bad the chance was put to halt when the warriors were destroyed by weapons of drugs and heroin and cocaine.. The chiefs were killed by drugs overdose. Sometimes I wonder whether the free reign and the widely distribution of drugs during the time is something by stop the changes at all cost. Because if the revolution succeed, we would be living in a totally different world right now.

Dylan is The Prophet of the Prophet Generation | Reviewer: grandmacare | 6/23/11

Old Prophets help young Heroes. We weren't sure sooner, wheel spinning too fast, but now it's clear the curse is cast. The water is rapidly rising. We were prophets then and we are prophets now. That doesn't change. You are heroes now and will always be the ones who braved everything to save everyone. We prophet elders (many original inspired peace love hippies) have put in 50 years dreaming of organic topsoil, clean water, local everything, human centered economics, and a life that works for you and generations to come. The line is now drawn, this chance won't come again. We may not make it, but we have waited all our lives for this moment to appear, and we know what a sustainable earth looks like. This vision of Garden Earth, one for all and all for one, we release into your hands. We will help you as long as we live, but this task has fallen to you, and you will shape it as you are inspired. This one warning: only non-violence will open the flood of Truth Power that can accomplish the impossible. If you choose revenge over forgiveness, hate will rule, and you will see your children come to the end of all things. Forgive human selfishness. No one intentionally engineered this total environmental economic collapse. We couldn't stop it because it took us over bit by bit. We knew something was happening, but we couldn't make everyone see until the whole thing collapsed, and now it has.
The old way is rapidly fading, thank God. May Love bless you and keep you and guide you every day.

hmm | Reviewer: steve | 6/12/11

This song has a new relevance today as it did when it was written. To deny this, is to deny our shared American experience. While times do change, its seems that in America the core has not. The wealthy and special interest still dominant our Congress and ignore the plights of the Average American. War still rages. And children are definitely tethering on the edge of failure, if their parents don't have the money for good me this song is a plea...and a warning...foreshadowing what we now are living through...the irony is that the TIMES have not changed...

timeless song | Reviewer: Elkeurti mohamed | 2/10/11

This song can also be made as an anthem by the angry young (and less young) Egyptians (and Tunisians) in Ettahrir square who are ready for a civil disobedience . And tomorrow in other parts wherever there are dictatorial, rotten regimes.
I had it as a text to think upon by my students when i used to be an english teacher. Memorable!

Read the Lyrics | Reviewer: Randy | 1/15/11

This song tells a tale of universal truths that spans generations. Please don't assume that it is written for you alone. Don't associate it with your personal agenda. Go write your own song if you want to.

You miss the point | Reviewer: David | 12/3/10

When Dylan wrote and sang this song, it validated what many of us felt and believed at that time (many of us still do). It gave us voice, and we found empowerment and authorization from the lyrics to reach beyond our grasp. Even with all of our slips and stumbles, we accomplished a lot and, arguably, changed the course of this nation and its people.

Ummm why dont we just enjoy the song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/10

every song will mean something different to every person, maybe he doesnt specify so that it can apply to everyone regardless its a good song and it is more worth appreciating, that debating over it.

confused? am I? | Reviewer: davidmcferrin | 10/27/10

dear Kholdstare
I may be mistaken, however, I'm fairly certain that Bob wrote this song well before the Watchmen movie. And also before the comic series written in the eighties by Alan Moore. His song was chosen for that project for a specific reason. Maybe for $$$. Maybe for the fact that it translates across generations because the problems then are the same problems now that have failed to be realized by the masses. Also, we don't appreciate being called "the fucking plebs" in a derogitory manner. This is like saying "fucking poor people."

For whom the bell tolls | Reviewer: driftwood | 10/21/10

There was a war on in the streets of the United States in the 1960's, and Bob Dylan's generic lyrics served to inspire all of us who had agendas of our own. I could never understand why Bob would never carry the flags that he ran up, but it was true that even Presidents and Saints could be murdered in those days, so Bob's survival into "old age" may be a good retort to me.

As true then and today as it will be forever: times will forever be a-changing, and there certainly is no reason to believe the hot water will ever stop rising in this hot world.

Retort | Reviewer: Hodsthare | 9/9/10

@Kholdstare-It should always be remembered a song SHOULD always have several interpretations. That is a feature of any good song. Simply branding a song 'straightforward' is very naive,it must be said.