In September 1963, sitting down with the deliberate desire to create an anthem of change for the moment, Bob Dylan wrote his now-iconic song ‘The Times They Are a-Changin”.
The song, arriving as the title track of his 1964 album of the same name, was directly influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads and, as the years followed its release, Dylan’s creation has often been referenced with the ever-changing social landscape around the globe.
“This was definitely a song with a purpose,” Dylan later recalled in an interview with Cameron Crowe. “It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads ‘Come All Ye Bold Highway Men’ and ‘Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens’.”
Dylan added: “I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”
Now regarded as one of the greatest songs of all time, one that helped shape the future of rock and roll music, the track has been covered by the likes of Nina Simone, The Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen and more.
Such is its legacy that Dylan’s handwritten lyrics, penned in 1963, was sold at an auction by Sotheby’s for an eye-watering figure of $422,500 to a collector and hedge-fund trader Adam Sender.
Those lyrics can be viewed, below.