The Times They Are A-Changin’

November 7, 2008 at 8:34 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Now listening to: Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’

Prescient.  (Lyrics below the fold.)

P.S.  Not all change is good, and change for its own sake is not necessarily good.  However, it has occurred to me that some people who are scared by change don’t like to consider climate change, because that six-letter word ‘change’ plants fear in their hearts and they can’t move beyond that emotional response.  Is there an accessible study on this relationship between desperate cravings for certainty and denial of global warming?  (Googling doesn’t seem to help.)

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’.

Copyright © 1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan iTunes album cover

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