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Billy Bragg Rewrites Dylan Classic About Demagogue Trump

by Roger Wink, VVN Music on January 25, 2017

in News

Billy Bragg has written new lyrics for Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a Changing to reflect the current times.

With the new title The Times They Are A Changing Back, the song references a number of current events in America based on Bragg’s reflections on the inauguration.

Bragg wrote of the song:

At 5 pm on Friday, at the moment Donald Trump became President of the United States, Joe Henry and I were beginning our sound check in Salisbury. Joe began mournfully strumming Dylan’s classic ‘The Times They Are A Changing’ and, listening to him from the wings, I ruefully thought that it seems more like the times are changing back to how they were in the 1950s.

Checking into my hotel, I saw clips from Trump’s inaugural speech on the evening news and, 30 minutes later when I stepped out the shower, I had these lyrics in my head. I played the song that night in City Hall and it went down a storm. A night off in York has given me an opportunity to film a performance in my room.

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