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Friday, May 20, 2011

The Times They Are a-Changin

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An amazing song written by Bob Dylan written in 1962. A classic, so much relevant once again in 2011. An unusual style of writing, using simple words yet deep meaning and immortal relevance, that's Bob Dylan the master poet. Sometimes a song find mass appeal, relevance across borders and generation far beyond what its creator ever imagined, such is the beauty of a timeless piece of art. This particular song epitomizes the free spirit and voice of masses which Dylan always symbolized. The 2011 Arab world uprising, the Indian Against Corruption movement led by Anna Hazare and several such attempts by commoners have reinstated the message this song truly conveyed.

This song was covered by several artists in past 40 years but a recent adaptation in the 2009 movie 'Watchmen' is another vivid and interesting take on this song with Superheros in the backdrop.
So here goes the song

The Times They Are a-Changin
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’

-Bob Dylan
You must listen to this song on the official Bob Dylan website here

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