Friday, November 07, 2008

Political Song of the Day - Bob Dylan

The Times They Are A-Changin' by Bob Dylan

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'.


Shaw Kenawe said...

Fabulous post. Obviously great minds think alike.

Come visit me and scroll down to see my post on the very same subject.


dbackdad said...

Wow. Welcome back Shaw! It's been forever. I used to go to your blog a lot but I believe you stopped blogging for awhile. I see you are up and running and in force. Lot of great posts on your blog. Going to add you back to my blog roll.

shrimplate said...

Back from when Dylan was Dylan and not just some cranky old freak. From that period in American music I like to refer to as "the great 1960's Folk Scare."

It's a good song, though, and one that I've introduced to my young folk-music-free progeny.