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Writer's Block Rewrite: The Times They Are A-Changin'

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I've been trying to slowly get back into songwriting after a self-imposed hiatus to explore other writing ventures.  I took some advice from a friend who rewrites Dylan songs to break his writer's block and wrote some new lyrics to The Times They Are A-Changin'.  I realize that tampering with Dylan songs is basically sacrilege but I was desperate.  Apologies to Dylan of course.

 

The Times They Are A-Changin’

 (Lyric Rewrite; Apologies to the great Bob Dylan).

 

To all oppressed people wherever you’re from,

Who’ve been waiting in darkness for morning to come

I believe I now see the first rays of the sun,

Peeking out o’er the distant horizon,

And there’s cause to believe that a new day’s begun

For the times they are a-changin’.

 

Now the future’s as frightening as it’s ever been,

With our fate in the hands of some misguided men

it’s a hateful and dangerous message they send,

I can hear all those war hounds a-bayin’,

But the forces of peace will win out in the end

For the times they are a-changin’.

 

I hear women once silent now speaking their truths

Of the men who have harmed them who now stand accused,

While many others, inspired, are proclaiming “me too!”

And their chorus is steadily growing,

So to those who offend best attend to the news

For the times they are a-changin’.

 

I see students a- marching all over this land,

They’re concerned about violence and taking a stand

And if we are wise we will heed their demands,

it’s the key to our future they’re holding,

So lets get off the sideline and give them a hand

For the times they are a-changin’.

 

Come senators, congressmen open your eyes,

See your emperor’s naked, his clothing all lies

And the actions he’s taking may seal our demise,

If you don’t stand up strong and oppose him,

So quit suppressing the truth and allow it to rise

For the times they are a-changin.

For the times they are a-changin’.

Yes the times they are a-changin’.

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I think bob would approve

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Extremely good.

But what to do with it??

I once with a great effort re-wrote a couple of verses of Simple Twist of Fate. Why? Because I thought they needed it. And there they sit.

Maybe we should mail our stuff to Bob.

I guess what you're saying is that it was a good exercise to get you rolling. Get you into a quality mode.

It's obvious you can produce some great material.

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Hi Bobby,

 

I've done the same thing when stuck or coming back to it after a long dry spell. I really works.  Though more literal than Dylan's version, I approve of the upgrade - it hits all the major concerns men and women of good conscience are experiencing these days in a tight and concise way.

 

Hope this gets you back on the path. 

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Hi B

 

 Plagiarism may work in parodies, but to not write in your own style about a topic is robbing you of your own creativity. I mean some here may think its okay to use lines from other peoples works, but how can one feel whole about something they created?

  The point is, you have picked a subject you feel strong about. It's okay to see how someone had articulated or formulated a message, but to plagiarize it doesnt show much creativity.

 

just my two cents worth

R-N-R Jim

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I think it's a good exercise, and rare indeed is the aspiring songwriter who didn't start out and/or occasionally revisit a famous piece of music and attempt a new lyric to match it.  It instills the necessary discipline of line and verse structure, as well as choosing the correct words for rhyme... those more lightning than lightning bug, as Twain used to opine.

 

Songwriting is creative, true, but successful songwriting is a CRAFT, first and foremost... one that needs to be constantly honed and refined, even by those that have had a goodly measure of success.

 

The author here did a fine job, and if it helps unblock, so much the better.

 

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Now, step two in your journey should be to write the OPPOSITE lyrical view:

The Times - They aren't a-Changing! :)

Some would argue the times are moving backwards...

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Good job! Hopefully it breaks your block and we get to read more from you (you are clearly more than capable and the more you write, the more ideas you will get)

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Bobby,

You certainly write well. I think we all want you to turn the page over now and write something of your very own. I hope this exercise convinced you that you have it in you.  I liked Paul’s idea of writing it from the opposite perspective.  I also think you’d have no trouble with ANY subject,

 

Patty

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