The Times, They Are A-Changin' (Rewritten)

The Times, They Are A-Changin' (Rewritten)

A Poem by nickchidiac

Come gather ‘round friends of the friends I have known,

And make peace with the fact that your all all-alone

With the fear that the reaper would somehow have known

Of the secrets you’re secretly savin’

And you better start lyin’ or your cover is blown.


Oh the times, they are a-changin’


Come fathers and mothers on who’s pedestals we will stand,

And keep your mouths closed so your ears understand,

And aloud come the words off the palm of my hand.

“I’m not the good soul you’ve been raisin’”,

And although you will cry and so crudely command,


The times, they are a-changin’


Come lovers and losses and please take a bow,

For you presence in this act is not needed now,

My belief that not caring is caring somehow,

Will star in the show that I’m stagin’

No darlings will dwell, no more crooks in the crowd.


Oh the times, they are a-changin’


Come preachers and teachers,

Don’t miss my soapbox rants.

Don’t judge me because of the style of my stance,

Your impressions are made on the back of my hand,

But my hand is too busy waivin’

I’m rising and falling into such a trance.


Oh the times, they are a-changin’


The foot, it is down on the foot of the past,

The wheels of my wagon just don’t spin as fast

As the mind weaving webs that I’ve focused at last,

My notions are narrowly changin’

And the fears I'm afraid of will forever be smashed.


Oh the times, they are a-changin’

© 2010 nickchidiac

Author's Note

I love Bob Dylan's work. His writing style is unique and I've been a huge fan of it since I first heard it. I thought it would fun to rewrite one of his classics from my own perspective. Tell me what you think.

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this is very good. i like the way how you wrote this. kat24

Posted 13 Years Ago

That is better than bob dylan I think!

Posted 13 Years Ago

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. captured the feel so well..I could here him singing this..your rhyme is spot on..perfection..

Posted 13 Years Ago

Very well written. The style of the stanzas are very expert and the plot was a fun one.

Posted 13 Years Ago

I haven't read the original, but I love this piece =).

Posted 13 Years Ago

i love it..

Posted 13 Years Ago

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This is clever, unique.
Amazing talent here, is there anything you can't turn your hand too. It seems that no matter what the season, the mood, the state of mind, you manage to capture the spirit of what you want to say and express it so elegantly. You build up, push down, cherish and love. I'm in awe, true awe. If only I could write this well, feel this well, not be so locked inside as to deny everything. A true master, both painful and inspiring, loving and brutal, all encompassing. Bravo.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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This is a very clever re-write. I probably like it just as much as the original. In some ways, I think I like yours better. :)

Posted 13 Years Ago

I like the original but tge way you made it was excellent.
I really liked it.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Dylan is one of my favorite. His words are as strong as 50 years ago. Time is a-changin. I hope for the better. Sometime can get worst before it gets better. A powerful poem. The flow and story was outstanding. Thank you.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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Added on August 3, 2010
Last Updated on August 4, 2010



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Hey my name is Nick. I'm 20 and I like to write. Music is a huge influence in my life and my ipod has 12,000 great songs and is pretty much my prized possession. I write what I feel and that is someti.. more..


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