Monday, April 23, 2012

T is for The times they are a Changin'

One of the worst lines of arguing I know of is the line that says, "Come on, its 2012."
That line has been said for how many decades, centuries, millenia? Insert your own year here...

I think its a sad attempt to say that because its new, it makes it modern and therefore right or okay. "Don't bother thinking about this, ITS 2012 PEOPLE!"

I thought I would borrow two stanzas from Bob Dylan's ode to the 60's and to human history for today's post. I think they are very telling for us as parents. As much as we want to stay current, understand the times, be "hip" and "groovy" or whatever all the "cool cats" are calling it these days, we really don't understand. 

However, the reality is, people is people, kids is kids. For all the changes, there are so many things the same. Its never too old-fashioned to learn integrity, faith, respect, honesty, love, self-awareness, selflessness,  and all the things that you hold dear. Pass it on, for your sake and for your kids. Dylan knew it was important too, the whole song is forlornly wrapped up in the second stanza here (the last of the song) which reminds us that its the curse of our existence, that it will soon be tomorrow.

It is later than you think!

The Times they are a Changin' 
Bob Dylan
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 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'.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Loved the post, loved the song


Steve Finnell said...

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Betty Alark said...

If you live long enough you will see that there really isn't anything new under the sun.

It simple depends on what you do with the time you have while you're living; regardless of what time period your living in!

covnitkepr1 said...

One thing is for certian...times may indeed change, but the Word of God never.
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Arlee Bird said...

The first version of this song that really impressed me was the one by The Byrds. I carefully listened to the record over and over and copied down the lyrics--this was before lyrics were regularly included in the album package.

Dylan's lyrics are timeless. It's important to pass on our ideals and beliefs to our kids. They may rebel at the time, but I think they return to those values when they get older and have their own kids. It happened with me and now I see it happening with my own kids as they are starting to have kids of their own.

Hope you'll check out my post on Wrote By Rote today and let me know what you think.

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lizy-expat-writer said...

I never knew all the words before - thanks Ron!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Ron .. those words ring so true - Dylan was a master of human history as you described it .. I love this song ..

Cheers Hilary

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Words as relevant today as back then!

CoachWalsh3 said...

I never seem to understand Bob Dylan when I listen to him, but the lyrics to his songs are great...

Finih Strong!

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