Category Archives: Times they are a changing

Only a pawn in their game (1963): the meaning of the music and the lyrics

By Tony Attwood “Only a Pawn in Their Game” refers to the murder of Medgar Evers, as the opening lines of the song reveal.  He was the civil rights activist who was the Mississippi leader of the National Association for … Continue reading

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The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (1963). A true telling of historical facts or…

by Tony Attwood Does it matter that sometimes Dylan uses other people’s melodies, phrases, partial lyrics?  Does it matter that on occasion he re-uses his own music with new words?   Does it matter if he takes an actual event … Continue reading

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When the ship comes in

Amidst all the moral relativism of Dylan, all the references to the fact that “you are right on your side, and I’m all right on mine”, all the comments about not following leaders, and the commentary that says that everyone … Continue reading

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