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The Times They Are A-Changin' 1

Bob Dylan © 1963, 1968 Warner Chapell Music, 1991 Special Rider Music

(Official lyrics @ www.bobdylan.com)


24 Oct 1963
THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
GREATEST HITS
GREATEST HITS (Gold)
BIOGRAPH
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES (Vinyl EP)
DYLAN (LaserLight) (T-161)

The Times They Are A-Changin' session 5, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 24.oct.1963  
   See lyrics for the "Theo Bikel Audio letter tape" version, first ever recorded(?) version below 

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'.

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside and it's ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don't criticize what you don'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 a 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'. 
    
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The Times They Are A-Changin' first known recording?


late sep. or early oct 1963
soundCloud link

The Theo Bikel Audio Letter Tape - late september to early october 1963  

 Theodore Bikel : This tape that you have before you is uh - weird in the technical sense. 
They're two marvelous songs on it but is as done by myself, on a unfamiliar tape recorder, 
very, very late at night when Bobby was in the mood to do the songs ...
I thought the songs are so good, that Pete might want to perform them on the road ...
The songs are The Times They Are a-Changin' and When The Ship Comes In

Come gather 'round people wherever you roam
An' admit that the waters around you have grown
An' 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
Cause the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don't block up the doorway, don't stand in the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he that has stalled
There's a battle outside ragin'
Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don't criticize what you don't understand
Yer sons and your daughters are beyond your command
Yer old road is rapidly fadin'
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend a hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn an' the curse it is cast
The slowest 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'. 
    

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The Times They Are A-Changin' 2


23 Oct 1963
"LOVE AND THEFT" Bonus Disc

The Times They Are A-Changin' session 4, Columbia Studio A, NYC - 23.oct.1963, piano version  

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'.

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
The battle outside ragin'
Will soon shake your windows and rampage your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

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 an' 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'. 
    

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The Times They Are A-Changin' 3


Oct 1963
the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
THE WITMARK DEMOS:
    THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 / 1962-1964
THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (T-378)

Witmark Studio, NYC - October 1963, piano Witmark demo  

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
An' if your breath 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
'Cause the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
'Cause the battle outside ragin'
Will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
And don't criticize what you don'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
'Cause the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn, the curse it is cast
The slowest 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
'Cause the times they are a-changin'. 
    

Recording dates & record list

early Oct 1963The Theo Bikel Audio Letter Tape
Oct 1963 3the bootleg series volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991
THE WITMARK DEMOS: THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 9 / 1962-1964
THROUGH A BULLET OF LIGHT (WITMARK DEMOS) (bootleg)
23 Oct 1963 2"LOVE AND THEFT" Bonus Disc
24 Oct 1963 1THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN'
GREATEST HITS
GREATEST HITS (Gold)
BIOGRAPH
THE BEST OF BOB DYLAN
THE ESSENTIAL BOB DYLAN
DYLAN 2007
SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK BLUES (single)
DYLAN (LaserLight) (bootleg)
26 Oct 1963LIVE AT CARNEGIE HALL 1963
UNRAVELLED TALES: CARNEGIE HALL 26TH OCTOBER 1963 (bootleg)
1 Feb 1964 50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964
ONE PUSH OF THE BUTTON: TV SHOWS (PART 1) (bootleg)
ECHO'S ALBUM (bootleg)
PARANOID BLUES (bootleg)
17 May 1964LIVE 1962-1966 Rare Performances From The Copyright Collections
50TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #2
10 Oct 196450TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #3
31 Oct 1964CONCERT AT PHILHARMONIC HALL: THE BOOTLEG SERIES Vol. 6 LIVE 1964
ALL HALLOW'S EVE & MORE (bootleg)
LIVE IN NEW YORK 1964 [DOCUMENT] (bootleg)
25 Nov 196450TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION 1964 #4
7 May 1965NOW AIN'T THE TIME FOR YOUR TEARS (vinyl bootleg)
14 Jan 1974 LOVE SONGS FOR AMERICA (bootleg)
17 Jan 1974 BOB DYLAN / THE BAND (vinyl bootleg)
21 Nov 1975 THE ROLLING THUNDER REVUE: THE LIVE 1975 RECORDINGS
1 Dec 1975 GET READY! TONIGHT BOB'S STAYING HERE WITH YOU (bootleg)
8 Dec 1975 NIGHT OF THE HURRICANE 1 (bootleg)
THE HURRICANE CARTER BENEFIT (vinyl bootleg)
27-30 Jan 1978 THE RUNDOWN REHEARSAL TAPES (bootleg)
27-30 Jan 1978 DARKNESS AT THE BREAK OF NOON (bootleg)
27-30 Jan 1978 RUNDOWN TO MAGGIE (bootleg)
28 Feb 1978 BOB DYLAN AT BUDOKAN
4 Jul 1978 MY BACK PAGES (bootleg)
6 Jul 1978 BORDER BENEATH THE SUN (bootleg)
15 Jul 1978 THE PICNIC AT BLACKBUSHE (bootleg)
10 Jul 1981 IN THE SUMMERTIME (bootleg)
25 Jul 1981 AVIGNON (bootleg)
10 Nov 1981 STADIUMS OF THE DAMNED (bootleg)
28 May 1984 THE JOKERMAN PLAYS IN THE ARENA (vinyl bootleg)
1 Jul 1984 OVER THE BROKEN GLASS (bootleg)
21 Jul 1986 YOU DON'T KNOW ME (bootleg)
4 Jul 1987 FOXBORO (bootleg)
8 Oct 1987 FLASHING FOR THE REFUGEES (bootleg)
10 Jun 1988 SAN FRANCISCO BAY BLUES (bootleg)
2 Nov 1992 HIMSELF (bootleg)
8 Feb 1993 TOMORROW NIGHTS (bootleg)
15 Nov 1994 THE UNPLUGGED REHEARSALS
17 Nov 1994 COMPLETELY UNPLUGGED (bootleg)
17 Nov 1994 UNPLUGS IT ONCE MORE (bootleg)
18 Nov 1994 MTV UNPLUGGED
18 Nov 1994 KNOCKIN' ON HEAVEN'S DOOR MTV UNPLUGGED (single)
COMPLETELY UNPLUGGED (bootleg) #2
21 Apr 1996 THE MAINE EVENT (bootleg)
21 Jan 1998 VOICES IN THE GARDEN (bootleg)
30 Jun 1998 NEVER ENDING TOUR IN FRANCE Vol. 1 - PARIS (bootleg)
22 Feb 1999 THE LONELY GRAVEYARD OF MY MIND (bootleg)
8 Nov 2000 PATHWAY TO THE STARS (bootleg)
5 Apr 2002 STOCKHOLM 2002 (bootleg)