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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The times they are a changin’. The meanings behind Bob Dylan’s song

By Tony Attwood This article updated 14 June 2017. By pure chance as I settled down to gather my thoughts on The Times in preparation to write this review, I also listened to Girl of the North Country.  And I … Continue reading

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“When the ship comes in.” Bob Dylan as a prophet of vengeance and a better life to come.

By Tony Attwood This review updated July 2018, with the addition of one of Dylan’s rare outings for the song, and two totally different renditions linked at the end. Amidst all the moral relativism of Dylan, all the references to … Continue reading

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