Turning to Dylan During The Winds of Change

Bob Dylan The Times They are a-changin'One can feel the winds of change and the increasing force with which they are swirling around the 2016 presidential race. With every state primary and every presidential debate, the atmosphere becomes more and more charged and leaves one with the feeling that a revolution is just around the bend.

Indeed, all manner of revolutions are taking place and changing everything – our country, our world and our lives as we have known them.

The revolution of “Black Lives Matter” where one of its spokeswoman said in an interview to a white reporter:

“It is ‘All Lives Matter’ not ‘Black Lives Matter’, that is an insult to us.  You white people are going to have to get used to giving up the privileges that you have long been used to.”

The revolution of micro-aggressions and trigger-warnings, the revolution of atheists looking to blow out the fire of Christian belief and institute atheism as the spirit of the land, the climate change revolution and control of natural resources. The revolution of Islamic jihadists terrorizing the world in pursuit of establishing the Caliphate. The revolution against privacy, capitalism, wealth, the established media. The technological revolution where virtual reality is slowly displacing the “real”, physical world.

How will it all play out?  “The answer”, as Bob Dylan once said, is “blowin’ in the wind.”

But, there is no doubt, as we continue to watch this unprecedented presidential race to the White House unfold that, “the times they are a-changin’.”

“The Times They Are A-Changin’”
By Bob Dylan, 1964

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 swimming’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Famous Bob Dylan songsCome 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 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’.

See also some thought provoking quotes from Thomas Jefferson and a powerful quote from Ronald Reagan on the importance of freedom.

One thought on “Turning to Dylan During The Winds of Change

  • February 16, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Jennifer Rose!!
    You captured and articulated it beautifully!!
    I Love You!!
    Your favorite sister,


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