Friday, May 30, 2008

The Times They Are A-Changin'

The Times They Are A-Changin' is a clear example of Dylan's political and rebellious songs. It has a straight message where he criticizes the American society. It's a song for the generation of the youth which can be proved by the fact that he even criticizes parents (fourth verse).

The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan

Dylan has written many protest songs like this one but he has never really confessed their influence and importance to people. He doesn't want to get a certain label put on him. That’s why he’d always hated media and critics whom always tell him who he is and what he have done. He once said as a comment on peoples thoughts about the song reflecting the gap between the generations:

"Those were the only words I could find to separate aliveness from deadness. It had nothing to do with age."

Even though that statement sounded quite clear, he one year later said:

"I can't really say that adults don't understand young people any more than you can say big fishes don't understand little fishes. I didn't mean 'The Times They Are a-Changin' as a statement... It's a feeling."

In that sense, he can be quite confusing but he’s still very interesting to listen to. Important to remember is also that it’s always the listener’s interpretation that counts. Myself, I think that the song has a straight message and a touching topic, and that’s why I really like the song.


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