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The Times They Are a-Changin'
Bob Dylan Lyrics


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'

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Written by: Bob Dylan

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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'



larranag

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'.



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BLacKHaLLoW

No words. Bob says them all.

robert

Bob Dylan ( enough said ) a poet , writer , singer , activist for any generation. GOD bless you Bob ❤️🙏👍☮️✊But always synonymous with the 60’s always .☮️❤️🙏

David Blake

Just as well he says them, cos he sure as hell cant sing them

luci Bee

too right

Harding Wikander

Love you guys. :)

Commander Collins

♥️✨

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laurelisaak

History doesn't repeat, but it sure rhymes.

buster b

I think this song really embraces that, literally every line in this song can relate to any controversial moment in any decade of history

Stephen Henry IV

History repeats much more than it should, and often not for the better.

krzysiu.net

@Henry Niemann I agree with you and that's what I wrote - some patterns are common, some aren't, so it's just up to us if we call it repetition or not.

As for looking only from a human standpoint - well, this was the context of the discussion and one of the basic definitions, i.e. history is human history. And this question - does history repeats itself - is exactly about humans, nothing else. It's supposed to answer if we can anticipate some events. And usually it's about solving bad things before they would happen. Human brain is human centered, but I don't think that taking this question as question about humans is the result of it - it's because underlying context - i.e. historical usage of this statement/question and the song.

If I'd ask "what's our place in the universe" in video about people, one could answer about other animals and plants or maybe planets, because "our" doesn't mean "our-human", but could be "our-animal". Or maybe it's the question about me and you? Still "our". But we have context, we have historical cases of this question, so we can assume it's about humanity, not me and my cactus or something.

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