Bob Dylan's other famous songs were, Blowin' in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone, Mr. Tambourine Man, and A Hard's Rain A-Gonna Fall. These lyrics reflect to the time period because during that time period society was constantly changing, and these lyrics were saying that people had to change with it. When this song was recorded there was a lot of civil rights movements and JFK was assassinated. The overall inspiration of these lyrics was that people couldn't resist change in society they had to accept it or things would be bad.
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Lyrics: Come gather around 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 And if your breath to you is worth saving Then you better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changing
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 telling who that it's naming For the loser now will be later to win Cause the times they are a-changing
Analysis: Dylan is telling everyone around the world that society is never going back to how it was before. The people that accept this rapidly changing world will find themselves alive and well. While those who won't accept it will find themselves very unhappy or dead.
Dylan is telling the people who influence the media to stop posting propaganda and start posting the truth. Things aren't certain yet in America, things are still up in the air. And the weak will one day become strong.