The Bob Dylan song that changed my life…by Chuck Duboff

Dylan 10
© Chuck Duboff 
October 24, 1963, Bob Dylan recorded the song, The Times They are a ‘Changin.  A few months later,  January 13, 1964, the album was released.
I was born on January 1st, 1954, so I would have been 10 years old when that song was released.
I was being raised in a home that was entrenched in the values of the 1950’s.  I was told what to think, what to do, what to eat and what to wear.  Think Archie Bunker.  It was stifling and suffocating to be living in an environment with closed minded parents; to be shut down at any expression of opinion or desire.
I so very clearly remember hearing The Times They are a ‘Changin on my little transistor radio…I was captured by the lyrics, the words, the attitude, the proclamation that it was ok to be real, authentic.
“Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand”
What amazing lyrics…mothers and fathers, don’t criticize what you can’t understand!! Those words just blew me away…it lit a spark in me.
“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'”.
Daymn…your old road is getting tired folks; it’s time for a new generation to make its mark.
I lay in my bed with my little radio, much like Dylan did in Hibbing, Minnesota,  I couldn’t wait to hear that song one more time…to be told that it was ok to have my own opinion, my own thoughts, my own desire!!
One song changed my life…much like Meathead in All in the Family, I fought and battled with my dad…but, I learned it was ok to have my own opinion, my own political views…thanks to Bob Dylan.

 

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”

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’.

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