"Things Have Changed" as written by and Bob Dylan....
A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There's a woman on my lap and she's drinking champagne
Got white skin, got assassin's eyes
I'm looking up into the sapphire tinted skies
I'm well dressed, waiting on the last train

Standing on the gallows with my head in a noose
Any minute now I'm expecting all hell to break loose

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

This place ain't doing me any good
I'm in the wrong town, I should be in Hollywood
Just for a second there I thought I saw something move
Gonna take dancing lessons do the jitterbug rag
Ain't no shortcuts, gonna dress in drag
Only a fool in here would think he's got anything to prove

Lotta water under the bridge, lotta other stuff too
Don't get up gentlemen, I'm only passing through

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

I've been walking forty miles of bad road
If the bible is right, the world will explode
I've been trying to get as far away from myself as I can
Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can't win with a losing hand

Feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet
Putting her in a wheel barrow and wheeling her down the street

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

I hurt easy, I just don't show it
You can hurt someone and not even know it
The next sixty seconds could be like an eternity
Gonna get lowdown, gonna fly high
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie
I'm love with a woman who don't even appeal to me

Mr. Jinx and Miss Lucy, they jumped in the lake
I'm not that eager to make a mistake

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed


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"Things Have Changed" as written by Bob Dylan

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  • +7
    General CommentI am amazed that no one has made any connection to this being the coda to "Times they are a-changing". He mentions "time" and change" in the chorus! "I used to care, but things have changed" that's Past tense! As line goes in 'Times - "don't criticize What you can't understand, Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command. Your old road is Rapidly agin'." He's become what he was singing about in 1965!
    bapettiton May 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'm only passing through"
    I believe this is a reference to Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town". The play has a lot to do with the realisation of life while you are living it, and whether or not people are capable of doing this. We are all just passing through, and we will all be gone.

    Great song, lots of references to what life is really about.
    Also, can anyone tell me what life's about?
    bobdylaniscoolon January 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"who are mr. jinx and ms. lucy?"
    -benjyedwards,
    oh and this songs is about (to me) life and Dylan, like H.D. Thoreau said "Things don't change we do", how he felt around the time he was writting this song....maybe he wasn't digging the vibe of the times and instead of singing about the "masters of war"--(the freewheelin')....he was gong to "change his way of thinking"--(slow train coming)..it's to much work maybe... "a worried man with a worried mind" to keep on keepin' on..(love, drugs, people, emotions,war, etc..) and quite frankly he's throwing all that out the window, not necessarily withdrawing into solitude, but being aware of things and how they change and it really isn't a big deal to him anymore.."I used to care but, things have changed",
    maybe it's a simple song with great meaning.
    maybe...Dylan wrote it on a whim and you have all these "crazy" critics
    I don't know, Dylan is a great musician...
    this song is great, and one day maybe Mr. Dylan wiill give us his 2 bits on some of his works, and maybe he already has...and some of us don't even know it.
    peace
    neophyteon November 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThere's a woman on my lap and she's drinking champagne
    Got white skin, got assassin's eyes
    I'm looking up into the sapphire tinted skies

    i think this passage refers to the beauty of this woman and how she has the characteristics that a man seeks (white skin could mean pale, mysterious; assassins eyes cold or possionate), and yet the fact that he is 'looking up into the saphire tinted skies' almost suggests he is ignoring her due to his feelings of acedia, (e.g 'i used to care, but things have changed')
    TyroneeTon January 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song...

    I think the jitterbug rag is referring to the cut-out number from the Wizard of Oz, and it fits perfectly - learning to dance to something that will never be seen, will never amount to anything

    I have this mental image of the well dressed man dancing through the various scenes he sets, not really a part of them, unable (or unwilling) to change his direction

    itwasyoufredoon April 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song FactI find it interesting that the line "The next 60 seconds...." is sung with exactly 60 seconds left in the song. Its really one of his best, if not ever then certainly of the last 2 decades.
    KarmaPolice26on August 30, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFinally after 15 years I understood it today.

    He is trapped in his life with his woman. Back then he would have fled to seek freedom. Now he stays put. He doesn't care about obtaining freedom anymore.
    truleighon July 21, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit makes perfect sense that this song is the theme song to "The Wonder Boys". It won an Academy Award, too ^_^
    stardropleton August 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI cant believe im only the second person to post on this song... its such a good song, things do change, and you just have to learn to roll with them "i use to care, but things have changed" SUCH A GOOD DYLAN SONG
    saragarranton January 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI just keep repeating this song over and over.What a track. It should last for about 12 minutes though, so many more lyrics could be worked in.
    Detectiveon March 24, 2005   Link

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