Song Lyrics in Retrospect

School taught one and one is two.
But right now, that answer just ain't true.1

Now if 6 turned out to be 9,
I don't mind, I don't mind...2

Red is grey and yellow white,
But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion.3

The west is the best
Get here, and we'll do the rest4
For the times they are a-changin'.5
Ev'rywhere I hear the sound of marching, charging feet, boy
'Cause summer's here and the time is right for fighting
in the street boy6

We'll be fighting in the streets...
And the morals that they worship will be gone7

Your ballroom days are over, baby
Night is drawing near8

Your old road is
Rapidly agin'9

Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Why don't you all f-fade away (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
And don't try to dig what we all s-s-say (Talkin' 'bout my generation)10

Television children fed11

And all the children are insane
All the children are insane12

The order is
Rapidly fadin'13

The old get old
And the young get stronger...
Gonna win, yeah
We're takin' over
Come on!14

Hey! Think the time is right for a Palace Revolution
But where I live the game to play is Compromise Solution!
Hey! Said my name is called Disturbance
I'll shout and scream, I'll kill the King I'll rail at all his servants15

There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls...16
For the times they are a-changin'.17
I heard some of you got your families, living in
cages tall & cold,
And some just stay there and dust away, past the
age of old.18

Well I asked my friend where is that black smoke comin' from
He just coughed and changed the subject and
said oh wa I think it might snow some...
Look at the sky turn a hell fire red Lord
Somebody's house is burning down down, down down19

...and the smell of a world that has burned.20

I said the truth is straight ahead so don't burn yourself instead
Try to learn instead of burn, hear what I say, yeah, yeah.21

Blood in the streets in the town of Chicago22

Save our city, save our city
Right now23

They're going to destroy
Our casual joys
We shall go on playing
Or find a new town24
For the times they are a-changin'.25
Cancel my subscription to the Resurrection26

The gate is straight
Deep and wide27

Bodies confused
Memories misused28

The future's uncertain, and the end is always near29

Save us!
Jesus!
Save us!30
For the times they are a-changin'.31
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall32

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution33

And I come back to find the stars misplaced34

Blood will be born in the birth of a nation35

Mother, should I trust the government?36

Its leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind37

Mother, should I run for president?38
When the music's over
Turn out the lights39

Reason has been raptured—we were forewarned!


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  1. “Ride My See Saw,” The Moody Blues, In Search of the Lost Chord, 1968. 

  2. “If 6 Was 9,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Axis: Bold as Love, 1967. 

  3. “Late Lament,” The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed, 1967. 

  4. “The End,” The Doors, The Doors, 1967. 

  5. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin’, 1964. 

  6. “Street Fighting Man,” The Rolling Stones, Beggar’s Banquet, 1968. 

  7. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who, Who’s Next, 1971. 

  8. “Five to One,” The Doors, Waiting for the Sun, 1968. 

  9. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  10. “My Generation,” The Who, The Who Sings My Generation, 1965. 

  11. “Unknown Soldier,” Doors. 

  12. “The End,” Doors. 

  13. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  14. “Five to One,” Doors. 

  15. “Street Fighting Man,” Stones. 

  16. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  17. Ibid. 

  18. “Up from the Skies,” Hendrix. 

  19. “House Burning Down,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Electric Ladyland, 1968. 

  20. “Up from the Skies,” Hendrix. 

  21. “House Burning Down,” Hendrix. 

  22. “Peace Frog,” The Doors, Morrison Hotel, 1970. 

  23. “Roadhouse Blues,” Doors. 

  24. “Strange Days,” The Doors, Strange Days, 1967. 

  25. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  26. “When the Music’s Over,” Doors. 

  27. “Break on Through (To the Other Side),” Doors. 

  28. “Strange Days,” Doors. 

  29. “Roadhouse Blues,” Doors. 

  30. “When the Music’s Over,” Doors. 

  31. “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” Dylan. 

  32. Ibid. 

  33. “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” The Who. 

  34. “Up from the Skies,” Hendrix. 

  35. “Peace Frog,” Doors. 

  36. “Mother,” Pink Floyd, The Wall, 1979. 

  37. “Monster,” Steppenwolf, Monster, 1969. 

  38. “Mother,” Pink Floyd. 

  39. “When the Music’s Over,” Doors. 

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