The Times They Are a-Changin'

Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan & The Band

​Dylan wrote this song in 1964 as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time.

In truth, he was 60 years ahead of his time as global warming now presents the very threat and warning his first and last verses tell about.

So no change there then, save he's since been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the song has been passed down from one  generation of protesting teenagers to the next:

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'
Get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'

Source: LyricFind

(See also Cottenham Lies.) Based on the popular radio and TV panel game The Unbelievable Truth, Cottenham Lies and Cottenham Truths will bring the game online in a unique new format giving truth to lies that will shock and amuse you in equal measure.*

* The times are rapidly changing! We've waited almost 60 years since Dylan penned his anthem for human survival until Covid-19 came along and effected the changes overnight by comparison. It has brought a new and palpable sense of urgency to social and economic reform with recent UK legislation giving local communities a brand new toolkit for taking control of of their lives, and for their voices to be heard above the din of national and local politics; still very much influenced, largely controlled some might say, by the big beasts of the Fourth Estate jungle.

Truth-telling is critical to this process; by big business, government and citizens alike. My Society, for example, is showing citizens how to use the new tools with simplicity and ease with fast feedback. It's the legacy of young suicide victim, Chris Lightfoot, driven insane by depression over the the status quo.

1. TheyWorkForYou
tracks speeches and activities of Members of Parliament, including presenting an accessible version of Hansard.
: facilitates contacting elected representatives at all levels of UK government.
3. FixMyStreet
: a map-based application facilitating citizens informing their local authority of problems needing their attention, such as broken streetlamps etc.
4. WhatDoTheyKnow
is dedicated to Chris. It enables any citizen to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to any public or quasi-public body such as Schools and Colleges.

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