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This was sung by Dylan with the Dead but never covered by the Dead on their own. Also played by Phil Lesh & Friends in 2004.

(1) not sung with the Dead on 4 July 1987.

(2) sung as "the present now will later be past."

Lyrics By
Bob Dylan
Music By
Bob Dylan
Lyrics

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 saving
Then you'd better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a changing

Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
And keep your eyes open, the chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon, the wheel's still in spin
And there's no telling who that it's naming
Oh the loser will be later to win
For the times, they are a changing

Come senators, congressmen, please head the call (note 1)
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be her that has stalled
The battle outside ragging will soon shake your windows
And rattle your hall
For the times, they are a changing

Come mothers and fathers all over this land
And don't criticize what you can't understand
Your sons and your daughter are beyond your command
Your old role is rapidly aging
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand
For the times they are a changing

The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast
The slow one will later be fast
And the present now will soon be the past (note 2)
The order is rapidly fading
The first one now will later be last
For the times, they are a changing

  • The Times They Are A Changing
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    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 saving
    Then you'd better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone
    For the times, they are a changing

    Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pens
    And keep your eyes open, the chance won't come again
    And don't speak too soon, the wheel's still in spin
    And there's no telling who that it's naming
    Oh the loser will be later to win
    For the times, they are a changing

    Come senators, congressmen, please head the call (note 1)
    Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
    For he that gets hurt will be her that has stalled
    The battle outside ragging will soon shake your windows
    And rattle your hall
    For the times, they are a changing

    Come mothers and fathers all over this land
    And don't criticize what you can't understand
    Your sons and your daughter are beyond your command
    Your old role is rapidly aging
    Please get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand
    For the times they are a changing

    The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast
    The slow one will later be fast
    And the present now will soon be the past (note 2)
    The order is rapidly fading
    The first one now will later be last
    For the times, they are a changing

    This was sung by Dylan with the Dead but never covered by the Dead on their own. Also played by Phil Lesh & Friends in 2004.

    (1) not sung with the Dead on 4 July 1987.

    (2) sung as "the present now will later be past."