Examining Lyrics

Examining Lyrics - warns people to keep their eyes and...

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“The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan 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 savin' Then you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone For the times they are a-changin'. Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again And don't speak too soon For the wheel's still in spin And there's no tellin' who That it's namin'. For the loser now Will be later to win For the times they are a-changin'. In the lyrics of “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan is telling people to expect change and to be prepared for it so that they are not caught off-guard. In the lines “Then you better start swimmin’ / Or you’ll sink like a stone,” Dylan says that being unprepared for future changes can leave people at a disadvantage by making them vulnerable. In the lines “And keep your eyes wide / This chance won’t come again,” he
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Unformatted text preview: warns people to keep their eyes and minds open so that they can grow and adapt with change. When he says not to “Speak too soon / For the wheel’s still in spin,” he means that trying to predict what will happen in the future is a waste of energy because change is a constant and random part of life. Because of the argument that Bob Dylan presents in this song, I am reminded that logical thinking and preparation play significant roles in my readiness for the future. Along with that, I realize that being unprepared for change can cause me difficulties in adapting and reacting to the freshly transformed world around me. I am also reminded that even though I can mentally prepare myself for the future, spending time stressing and worrying over things that I cannot control is wasteful. One of the many factors that reduce personal stress and chaos is mental preparation and a logical state of mind....
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2008 for the course ENGL 1106 taught by Professor Srjacobson during the Fall '08 term at Virginia Tech.

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