The Times They Are a-Changin' (3:01)

Cover of The Times They Are A-Changin'

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“The Times They Are a-Changin” is a song written by Bob Dylan and released on his 1964 album of the same name.
Dylan appears to have written the song in September and October 1963. He offered it as a Witmark music publishing demo in that month—a version that was finally released on The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3 (Rare & Unreleased) 1961–1991. The song was then recorded in the Columbia studios in New York on the 23rd and 24th October, and the latter yielded the version that became the title song of Dylan’s third album.

Dylan recalled writing the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the moment. In 1985, he told Cameron Crowe: “This was definitely a song with a purpose. It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads …’Come All Ye Bold Highway Men’, ‘Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens’. I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”
Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin recounts how Tony Glover stopped by Dylan’s apartment in September 1963, picked up a page of the song Dylan was working on and read a line from it: “Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call.’ Turning to Dylan, Glover said, ‘What is this shit, man?’ Dylan shrugged his shoulders and replied, ‘Well, you know, it seems to be what the people want to hear.”


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  • RAY7654321

    Listening to Mr Dylan's 3rd album "The times they are a-changin'" released January 13, 1964 two months after Kennedy was assassinated. From the Only Solitaire Review: Apparently, Mr. Zimmerman was experiencing lots of indirect pressure from his folk music colleagues (and folks down at the record company as well) who wanted to have him put forth a real protest song album - you know, no obscure metaphorical shite like 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', too artsy and indirect to be appreciated by those whoe believed in music as a political instrument. Bobbie, then, who was writing songs at a dozen per cigarette and already had a good batch of protest songs in store at the time of release of Freewheelin', was quite willing to oblige. And that's exactly what you get - ten protest songs with straightahead, generic, unsophisticated (by Bob's own standards of 1964) lyrics.

    13 Oct 2:20pm Reply
  • ideur1

    Tracy ja, aber wonderschöön, gäll!

    31 Aug 4:55pm Reply
  • Fritbread

    Not Bob Dylan...

    18 Aug 11:47am Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86

    This is Tracy Chapman, not Bob Dylan - but great coverversion

    9 May 7:46am Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86

    great song - shit video

    15 Apr 7:28am Reply
  • ledzeppelinu2

    classic song

    7 Apr 4:35am Reply
  • adventureba

    great <3

    3 Apr 5:43am Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    31 Mar 7:31pm Reply
  • pepworth

    Am I the only person whos seen the video for this? Some questionable people making vids. Awesome song but bloody hell.

    4 Mar 4:03am Reply
  • BanconIsGood

    o último verso é genial

    3 Mar 10:10pm Reply
  • chloesevingy74


    4 Feb 12:07pm Reply
  • Druid66

    Happy New Year, 2014... Bob's words ring more true than ever.

    1 Jan 10:08pm Reply
  • jonathandizzel

    real good song

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Rissacakes

    always, always relevant.

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • vinman07

    the times are a changing -Bob.

    5 Sep 2013 Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    Written in 1963, released in 1964; it's like he could see in the future like a prophet. No song embodies the sixties more than his one.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • igbigbig

    they sure are

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • alainchaumont


    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • paradrome

    Classic <33333333333333333333333

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • papabear0121

    Always true. All ways, true.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
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