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Song Of The Weekend: Bob Dylan – “Things Have Changed”


So much has been written about Bob Dylan over the years it is hard to add anything substantive to what has already been said.  To be honest, it took me awhile to warm up to his music and get his significance as an artist.  It almost felt like eating your vegetables to me – as a music fan something you knew you should appreciate, but didn’t really enjoy listening to.   This all changed when he released his Biograph collection about 20 years ago.  I took the time to listen more carefully and read about his background.  He was a true musical pioneer and is an amazing lyricist and storyteller.  Later on, I read his autobiography and watched the Martin Scorcese film about him which just made me appreciate him even more.  The voice may be an acquired taste especially as he has gotten older; however, I feel it’s still worth the effort. 

The song, Things Have Changed,” resonated with me right away.  It seems like the perfect composition by a man entering the twilight of his musical career who has spent lifetime writing about socio-political issues.  As with just about everything he writes, there are many layers of meaning that can be interpreted and personalized in a variety of ways.

A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne
Got white skin, got assassin’s eyes
I’m looking up into the sapphire tinted skies
I’m well dressed, waiting on the last train

Standing on the gallows with my head in a noose
Any minute now I’m expecting all hell to break loose

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

This place ain’t doing me any good
I’m in the wrong town, I should be in Hollywood
Just for a second there I thought I saw something move
Gonna take dancing lessons do the jitterbug rag
Ain’t no shortcuts, gonna dress in drag
Only a fool in here would think he’s got anything to prove

Lot of water under the bridge, Lot of other stuff too
Don’t get up gentlemen, I’m only passing through

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

I’ve been walking forty miles of bad road
If the bible is right, the world will explode
I’ve been trying to get as far away from myself as I can
Some things are too hot to touch
The human mind can only stand so much
You can’t win with a losing hand

Feel like falling in love with the first woman I meet
Putting her in a wheel barrow and wheeling her down the street

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

I hurt easy, I just don’t show it
You can hurt someone and not even know it
The next sixty seconds could be like an eternity
Gonna get low down, gonna fly high
All the truth in the world adds up to one big lie
I’m in love with a woman who don’t even appeal to me

Mr. Jinx and Miss Lucy, they jumped in the lake
I’m not that eager to make a mistake

People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

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