The Times They Are A Changin’ (TWTYTW 1965)

The Times They Are a-Changin’” is a song written by Bob Dylan and released as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads. Released as a 45-rpm single in Britain in 1965, it reached number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was not released as a single in the U.S. 

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 better start swimmin’ or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times, they are a-changin …’

I feel that a much needed time for change is upon us once more, although many may feel Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” is more appropriate for current times. But, in the words of Lennon & McCartney:

Life is very short and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend

I have always thought that it’s a crime
So I will ask you once again

Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long

We can work it out …

TWTYTW (1965) – Tracklist by “Jack the Goth”:


Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A Changin’


1965 was a year of sweeping changes, particularly in the United States. In January, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced the plan for his “Great Society” programs. A set of Democrat, or neo-liberal programs, the Great Society programs sought to vastly expand the American welfare state and the role of the Federal government in virtually all aspects of American society, including education, the arts, medicine, the environment, and more. These programs would be continued under subsequent Republican administrations.  A notable development for the year 1965 specifically in this regard was the signing of the 1965 Civil Rights Act.

In March of 1965, President Johnson ordered 3,500 U.S. Marines to Vietnam. These were the first official combat troops deployed to Vietnam during American involvement in that conflict.  In popular culture, The Sound of Music, starring Julie Andrews, premiered in New York City. The Beatles performed the first stadium concert in music history, playing at Shea Stadium in New York City.

In the UK, 1965 was the year of of Roy Jenkins, whose efforts after becoming home secretary in 1965 to legalise abortion and homosexuality, abolish capital punishment and penalise racial discrimination arguably make him one of the two postwar politicians who have most influenced present-day Britain.  It was the year modern Britain was born. List of major events:

  • Beatles Create Stadium Rock at Shea Stadium
  • Beatles Receive MBEs
  • Jackanory First Broadcast
  • National Speed Limit of 70mph introduced
  • Race Relations Act comes into force
  • Ronnie Biggs Escapes Prison
  • Stanley Matthews Knighted
  • Thunderbirds Are Go!
  • Who Release My Generation
  • Winston Churchill dies
  • Winston Churchill’s Funeral

The Beatles at the Shea Stadium (New York 1965)

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