ABOUT THE ARTIST BOB DYLAN
Bob Dylan who is the writer and singer of this song is a songwriter, singer, artist and a writer of many books. His music has been popular for 50 years but the best years of his musical career were in the 1960 s where he wrote songs like "times they are changin'" and "blowing with wind" which addressed the social unrest of civil rights, anti war movements and the changing culture. Most of his books and paintings also give the same philosophical and political message of freedom and peace for all.
THE SONG AND ITS MESSAGE
This song "times they are changin'" was suppose to reflect the image of change and to show people that change is inevitable. It says that all people should unite together and understand that the world is changing and what is right now will always be changing. Instead of trying to keep the old fashioned rules going they should instead understand change and find a way to deal with it in a peaceful way with care and understanding.
RELEASE DATE AND OTHER SONGS WITH THE SAME MESSAGE
Times they are changin' released in 1964, and many other songs such as 'Blowin in the wind' ' a change is gonna come' and ' a hard rain is gonna fall' all foreshadow change and the rough times people must go through to accept change.
THE LYRICS AND MEANING
- Come mothers and fathers Throughout the land: Come mothers and fathers of America
- And don't criticize what you can't understand: a changing culture isn't necessarily a wrong culture
- Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command:your sons and daughter are growing up and are now too old to control
- Your old road is Rapidly [aging] "For the times they are a-changin'": The way parents used to live is now the old way because times they are changing
- The slow one now Will later be fast: Wrong now will not always be wrong in the future
- As the present now will later be past: things of the present will never last
- The order is Rapidly [fading]: what we do now will start to get old and there will be a change.
- And the first one now Will later be last: what we treasure to be true and right now may be wrong tomorrow
- For the times they are a-changin'.
ISSUES OF TIME PERIOD AND CONNECTION
During the 1960 s there were many issues concerning equality and leadership, Bob Dylan's song is suppose to show people that Equality is a change that the U.S. must go through and what their fathers thought was right is now changing. In this time period teenagers were also starting to rebel and so it is addressing to the parents that they should try to understand the change their children are going through causing them to rebel, rather than try to control them and mold them into what they want them to be. It inspires people to understand the changes going around the world rather than try and keep it the same old way it has been for 300 years, civil rights and women's equality.