Richie Havens Sings Dylan

richie-havens-dimaggio-eTo all the ships at sea,

 

I went to the gym today and while I was on the elliptical, I decided to listen to my old friend Richie Havens. Richie and I went back a long, long way and in the download there was an album of Richie’s that I’ve never heard!  It was Richie singing all Bob Dylan songs. Pretty amazing. One of those songs was “The Times They Are A-Changin'” and he put a little twist on it- the lyrics were never touched, but it was Richie’s. Then I thought about Bob winning the nobel prize for literature and the more you get in into it, the more you realize what a genius Dylan was and still is. You also realize how timely the music is in 2016. It’s amazing, totally amazing!

“The Times They Are A-Changin'”

“Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'”

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Dylan DiMaggio and Richie Havens © JoAnne Kalish

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Joe DiMaggio and Richie Havens © JoAnne Kalish