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, congressman
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he who 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
You 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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  • +5
    General CommentThis is a timeless song. Because the only constant is change. (sorry to use a corny volcom slogan but it's true)
    schoolofspoolon May 25, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI love this song. I don't think any other version could be better.

    And I personally connect this song to today - the fight against same-sex marriage. Your old road is rapidly aging, bigots.
    But that's just me.

    Wonderful song.
    SophieKaijuuon April 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYou can say that Texas and Minnesota are both part of United States. But I refuse to believe that George W Bush and Bob Dylan are from the same country.
    CNN should play "With God On Our Side" every twenty minutes.
    We'll have to wait four more years for the President of the US stop being an embarassment. A shame.
    cavernon February 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUmm, that's Eddie VEDDER. And don't criticize
    What you can't understand. End of Discussion.
    InMyTreeon May 04, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYes, Bush will protect you. Just follow him blindly.
    And in the meantime, check out the song Pet by A Perfect Circle. And if you can, go to their site and watch the video "Counting Bodies". It is very educational.

    This is a good song indeed. Revolution is coming.
    Taurendilon January 17, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyeahyeahyoyo-
    GEORGE BUSH HAS PREVENTED NOTHING BUT THE POSITIVE ADVANCEMENT OF OUR SOCIETY. HE REPRESENTS A GOVERNMENT RUN BY CLOSED-MINDED OLD WHITE MEN WHO THINK THAT VIOLENCE IS THE ANSWER. VIOLENCE IS NEVER THE ANSWER. AND NOT TO BE ASSUMING THINGS ABOUT SOMEONE I DON'T KNOW BUT I AM FAIRLY CERTAIN THAT BOB WOULD AGREE WITH ME ON THIS. PEACE IS PATRIOTIC
    DROP ACID NOT BOMBS
    EQUALITY OF RIGHTS
    HOW THE FUCK CAN YOU SAY POWER TO DYLAN WHILE DEFENDING OUR PRESIDENT FOR SENDING US ON A FAILURE OF A WAR RESULTING IN THOUSANDS OF MEANINGLESS DEATHS?!!!!

    listen to IMAGINE by JOHN LENNON and OPEN YOUR MINDS

    peace
    mellowed-outon June 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthe's not saying you have to get along with everyone just dont fucking bomb everyone who looks at you wrong
    bobdylaniscoolon January 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is so wonderful. One of Dylan's best (not that I'm particulary knowledgable about Dylan's songs, but this one is amazing anyhow). I love how it's so simple, but still so strong.

    And I also love that they used this song for the opening title of Watchmen. It's perfect. And I also love that they used the original version and didn't lete anybody cover it. It's simply perfect and give me goosebumps every damn time!

    I love the "come mothers and fathers" verse. It describes the way I'm feeling right now, as I just turned 18, very well.
    "Don't critisize what you can't understand, your sons and daughters are beyond your comand, your road is rapidly aging, please get out of the new one if you cant lend a hand"

    It's definitivly about change, in any shape or form I think. I think this song is pretty open to very indivdual interpretation. People's lives will dictate what they think it's about, which is great. I love songs that can mean a million different things to a million different people.
    Donna H.on August 14, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI know it's been a big joke ever since he started that Dylan can't sing, but honestly it's his unique voice that makes his so great, in my opinion. Voice is obviously a big factor in what makes us like a particular artist/song (like, other than Daughtry sucking ass in general, his voice makes me convulse and start vomiting), and I think Dylan is an incredible singer just BECAUSE it's unorthodox.
    Christa426on August 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is the most important and iconic song ever written.
    Tig45on July 24, 2011   Link

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