The Times They Are A-Changin'

Album: The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)
Charted: 9
  • 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'
    And 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
    The battle outside ragin'
    Will 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' Writer/s: Bob Dylan
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Comments: 37

  • Juan Ignacio from Santa RosaThis Great Lyric Song, was one of the more significative social message sent those days, from a young American Poet/ Compouser/ Performer/ Social Leader. To my generation, here in Mexico'sixties.
  • Clarese from Cooma, Australia>>jay i think you are correct i couldnt have explained better!!:)
  • Chomper from Franjkin County, PaBilly Joel onced sang this song to the Soviets (Russian People ) at a Concert he performed back in the 80s( probably around 1985 or 1986)in Leningrad , Soviet Union ( ST. Petersburg , Russia). Several years later in 1991 , the Berlin Wall that seperated East Berlin from West Berlin felled ; marking the beginning of the end of Soviet Occupation in Germany . About a year later , Communism in the U.S.S.R. came to an end ; marking the end of the Cold War , and the beginning of the Russian Federation.
  • Shaun from Frankfort, KyThis song was used during the initial flashback during the opening of the film version of "Watchmen" released in March 2009. It is a very well placed piece that shows the superheroes starting in classic 1940s and moving through the decades to the current setting of the movie (1985)
  • Rick from Seattle, WaShortly after the fall of the Soviet Union, Billy Joel performed this song as part of a concert in Moscow. I heard a recording of that concert, and the crowd went wild, joining in enthusiastically in the chorus" "The times, they are a-changing".
  • Jay from Brooklyn, NySomeone wrote here that Bob Dylan is simply stating that change is occuring in the world. Others have called this a protest song. I do not think either camp is correct. "The Times..." is not a call to arms, but a call for alliance. Dylan acknowledges the changes in the world and asks the older generation to join in the changes. He does not condemn people who do not change; he just asks them to get out of the way. He does not preach like the hippie movement would a few years later, and does not condemn those who do not agree with him, as the radical left did then and does now.
  • Greg from Marietta, GaDylan has found peace through enlightenment from smoking cannabis and is having a change in his life, but no one in society (including critics and audience) can understand his messages through every single one of his songs because they themselves aren't on the same level because they're still sober... Thus, this song was born.
  • Megan from Shineonyoucrazydiamonds, FlThe first time I heard this song I cried. It's so moving...how can you listen to this and not relate? The opening line is so nice...
  • Edal from Baltimore, MdThe lead up to "...come gather" is nothing but intense. It makes the hair stand up on my arms. When I sing this song it hallows through my lungs and out though my entire body. They don't make them like this one any more. There is anger in Bob's voice but also negotiation. He is not your average modern day idiot, radical leftist, but an observer first and foremost- one who tells the story, seeks not to change, but to make sure he is heard. Decide for yourself.
  • Allie from A Little Ol' Town In, MiThis song has a very deep meaning to it. The guitar is nice and mellow, bob's voice is very smooth sounding. My hippie song
  • John from Gainesville, GaI like Bob Dylan's voice. This is one of those songs that make me think.
  • Patricia Bourget from Taunton, Mai got this song as an assignment for my reading class and since this song is before my time it's called'' the times they are a changin what's he trying to say with this song
  • Chad from Reading, PaBob denied that he was a protest song writer before he was ever known as one, If you ever get a chance listen to the first time he played Blowin' in the Wind. (Paraphrasing) This ain't no protest song, I don't write protest songs. I don't think Dylan ever wanted to change the world or lead any movement, he did it because he saw something that he might want to say, not to fulfill any political agenda, never wrote a straight out anti-war song. Not even Masters of War is an anit-war song. It's an anti industrial military complex song which is something that JFK was pushing at the time and that Eisenhower had spoken out against strongly.
  • Celeste from Brisbane Australia, AustraliaPlease understand and judge performers in the historic cultural context guys.It was written in 1963 recorded in 1964. Bob dylan was 22 years old. Chad, when he rejected political activism, he did so in a sense of depair 'that songs couldn't change the world' he was also resenting the proprietal self- righteous attitude of the protest movement towards him. He felt he a right to artistic freedom a concept that prior to impact of social personal radicalism in the later sixties was only being grasped at then . Bob however hippyish he sounds now was a proto hippy and did a lot define the personal radical ethos. Lines like Mother and fathers throughout the land don't critise what you don't understand, your sons and yours daughters are beyond your command were novel radical concepts once.
  • Chad from Reading, PaI find it safe enough to take what Dylan said at face value when he stated that he wanted nothing to do with the left wing. He ridiculed the left wing at the time. In 1965 he even said something along the lines of the time that hes going to write something that is meant to be a social protest song for the left wing would be when all the people in the world were dead. His songs were morphed into protest songs. The media was trying to make him into a pawn. This song protests absolutely nothing calls for nothing to change. It just states that the world is going through changes. Dylan even denied that these were protest songs before he was looked at at a writer of topical material. If you want to see protest songs look at Phil Ochs catolog. Those are protest songs.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScUu Chad don't always take what Dylan says at face value. Of course, these songs are protest songs, what else? He wanted to be known as more than a protest writer. That's why he denied it!
  • Kyle from King George, Vai dont care what any body says about his voice. bob dylan is the absolute best st writing,singing,guitar(billy the kid sound track)and the harmonica. i only wish i was born earlier so i could hear him when he was younger
  • Austin from Des Moines, IaOf course Dylan wrote protest songs. He couldn't really support the civil rights movement and not be protesting the subjugation of American Blacks. And what is a song like "Masters of War" but a protest of the evils of the American military industrial complex. He denied writing protest songs beacuse many people wanted to define him by his protest songs, giving the impression that he was one dimensional which he was not.
  • Chad from Reading, PaAgain another misunderstood song. Most people think this is backing the anti-war movement. Dylan wanted nothing to do with that. This song promotes a much stronger message of supporting the Civil Rights movement, something we know he supported quite strongly. It make me mad when people look at Dylan as a protest song writer. He has said it himself that he didn't protest. He showed his support for various things but never wanted to protest anything.
  • Patrick from Wevelgem, BelgiumAn all time classic.
    Best version is the one you can find on the live album "Before the Flood" ('74). Check it out !
  • Dan from Lee, NhIt's awesome he wrote two songs (Blowin' In The Wind and this one) which basically began the hippie movement! That's pretty impresive!
  • Greg from Paris, MiThe verse "The first one now will later be last" is a reference to the Bible
  • Cadence from Sacramento, CaThis song is being used in a Kaiser commercial.
  • Shmyla from Lahore, PakistanTimeless...
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, Scman is he talented!
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScI went to see bob Dylan at a show in greenville South carolina, a couple days ago on June, 7, 2005. I didn't get to see all of the show, but all of his songs were done on the electric guitar including this one. Unvortunately for Bob his voice has gotten worse, but the music of the show kicked ass!
  • Steve from New York City, NyRichie Havens cover, on the album Live in London, is truly remarkable. I'd say almost as good, if not better than Dylan's and that's saying a lot. It's on "Live in London" -- everyone should check it out. Really great, soothing vocals and the message is definitely not lost in Havens' interpretation of this brilliant song.
  • Geoff from Southburough, MaBobs voice might not be loved by eveyone but i personally find it soothing and it makes the lyrics more meaningful. I have to say that bob is the only one who really does justice to his own music. I dont think you can even compare bob dylan and pearl jam let alone say the pearl jam version is better!
  • Chetan from Bangalore, IndiaPearl Jam's version...a live cover! was really awesome. he sang it for ralph nader!!
  • Drew from Austin, TxElloquent, poetic, revealing lyrics...vintage Dylan, the greatest songwriter of all time.
  • Sol from Dallas, TxThis, my friends, is what Bob Dylan is all about. One of those songs you could listen to over and over again like some kinda tape loop
  • Cynthia from Oxnard, Cai have to agree with erica..PEARL JAMS cover of this song really is awesome...to the people that havent heard their version..i suggest that you do!!
  • Erica from Ericaville, CanadaThe best cover is by Pearl Jam. It's awesome.
  • Deana from Indianapolis, InI was born in 1956, the middle child. I heard a lot of music courtesy of my older siblings, but this song grabbed me at the young age of 10, and made me question, think, and even argue. My mom says I am still her rebel child. Thanks, Bob
  • Nicoletta from Bronx, Nythis song can definitely blend in smoothly with today's world after 9-11
  • Awfs from Fsda, Mdque buena cancion
  • Paulus from Tasmania, AustraliaTracy Chapman performed an acoustic version of this song at Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary concert celebration at Madison Square Garden, NYC, October 1992. The event, dubbed "BobFest", by Neil Young, was staged in front of a sold-out audience of over 18,000 and featured a host of great musicians including; Clapton, Lou Reed & Bob himself.
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