The Times They Are 'A Changin Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan's The Times They Are 'A Changin was releases January 13, 1964. Some of his other famous songs are Like a Rolling Stone, Subterranean Homesick Blues, and Positively 4th Street. (0:15-0:40)

"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'."

In this song, Dylan told it how it was. In this first verse he tells the people to accept the change that is occurring in the country and that fighting against it will not be of any help. In his third verse he talks of a "battle outside" in which he is referring to the constant fight for Civil Rights. In the fourth verse the talks about the parents and how their children are fighting for rights, but they do not understand or agree with their kids doing that. This song in particular was an antiwar rally for the youth as it became an anthem for the discouraged youth. Several of his songs that he created during this time became anthems for the youth.

This song was written when the Civil Rights movement was escalating and growing support and in that same year, the Civil rights movement act was passed.

Overall, this was an inspiration for the youth. He told the people straightforward how it was. Times were changing and there was nothing that could prevent it so might at well join the fight.

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