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Pobierz plik z darmową lekcją w PDF: The Times They Are A-Changin’ Bob Dylan (1964)


Zadanie 1. Wysłuchaj piosenki z youtube jednocześnie czytając tekst. O czym mówią słowa?

Come ___________ ’round people
Wherever you __________________
And admit that the ________________
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be ______________ to the bone
If your time to you is worth _________
And you better start ______________
Or you’ll ______________ like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’

Come _______________and critics
Who ____________  with your pen
And keep your eyes ______________
The _____________ won’t come again
And don’t _____________too soon
For the wheel’s still in ___________
And there’s no __________ who
That it’s _______________________
For the loser now
Will be ___________________ to win
For the times they are a-changin’

Come ___________, congressmen
Please ________________the call
Don’t stand in the _______________
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets _________________
Will be he who has stalled
The battle outside _____________
Will soon _____________ your windows
And _________________ your walls
For the times they are a-changin’

Come mothers and fathers
________________ the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t ______________
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your __________________
Your old road is rapidly _______________
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t ____________your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

The_________________ it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The ______________ one now
Will later be fast
As the ___________________ now
Will later be past
The order is rapidly _____________
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’

Zadanie 2. Uzupełnij luki w piosence słowami poniżej.

namin’, fadin’, savin’, swimmin’, tellin’, ragin‘, agin’, senators, doorway, rattle, Throughout, command, waters, sink, gather, writers, wide, spin, heed, shake, understand, lend, roam, chance, speak, later, hurt, line, present, slow, drenched, prophesize

Zadanie 3. Przeczytaj komentarze. Czy zgadzasz się z nimi?

  • During the same times of this song being recorded, The Vietnam War (1954-1975) was escalating. This war was a conflict between the communist North Vietnam versus South Vietnam and the USA. The Vietnam War is still dubbed as one of the costliest and futile wars in history; over 2 million civilians on both sides of Vietnam, around 250,000 Vietnam soldiers, and over 58,000 US military personnel paid their lives in this war. The pressures for changes in the US’s political stance in global affairs were rising.
  • On November 22, 1963, United States president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Despite where the song drew its initial inspiration, it has a universal and timeless impact. If we look at the ‘protest’ element of the song, the world still needs societal participation in bringing much-needed changes into the world. On the other hand, ‘change’ is inevitable. Things that change for the better too shall pass at some point. On a grand scheme of things, ‘the inevitability of change is the only thing that does not change.’

Zadanie 4. Uzupełnij definicje słowami, które są wyróżnione (na grubo). Słowa mogą być w tekście piosenki, lub w komentarzach.

1.______________ increasing rapidly.
2.________________ costing a lot; expensive.
3.___________ incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.
4.________________ the attitude of a person or organization towards something; a standpoint.
5._________________ a statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to sth
6.____________________ relating to society or social relations.
7.__________________ certain to happen; unavoidable.
8._______________ confess to be true or to be the case.
9.__________ _____ ____________joining a cause; you pay attention to it and do what they suggest
10.___________________ a solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.
11.__________________ a mould used to make an object by casting.
12.___________________ make or cause to make a rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds.
13.______________________ feel or express violent uncontrollable anger.
14.___________________ give an unofficial name or nickname to.
15.____________________ move about or travel aimlessly or unsystematically, especially over a wide area.
16._________________ wet thoroughly; soak.
17.__________________________ to predict or foretell.
18.______________________ stop or cause to stop making progress.

Zadanie 5. Posłuchaj piosenki jeszcze raz zastanawiając się: o czym ona jest? Możesz teraz zauważyć, na ile twoje pierwsze wrażenie po odsłuchaniu piosenki były słuszne.

Zadanie 6. Chcesz dowiedzieć się więcej?

  • Explain those lines:


  1. The curse it is cast
  2. Please heed the call
  3. And accept it that soon
    You’ll be drenched to the bone
  4. For the loser now will be later to win


  • Bob Dylan wrote this song in 1963 and this was the era of the PEACE and LOVE generation… Free spirits that would NEVER be tethered and controlled by something like the evils of Nazism, Communism or Socialism. In the 60s, Dylan could see that the times were changing, people had changed: and he favored change. Remember this was written not long after World War II. It was a time of the youth in this country being adamantly against war, divisiveness hate and injustices like racial discrimination. Young people in the 60s, if you think back to James Dean, Steve mcqueen and the young Marlon Brando: were a rebellious and outspoken bunch who were inspired to take the world by storm. If something was horribly wrong, they were out there in a protest. These are the sons and daughters that were beyond parental command, as Dylan wrote. They were the children of the war-generation and they set out to fix what the people of the world in their parents’age group screwed up. They became proactive in their own right, to try to change the times for better; a better world for themselves, and a future for their own children. They knew (collectively, most of them wearing peace symbols around their necks) a change for unity, prosperity and peace was the New Order. When Dylan says “come gather round people”, he is really speaking to the whole world, but more specifically to us in America, as world leaders to deluge the world with love, equality, our music singing praises to a free society; and a kumbaya attitude… Transforming a postwar world into a planet of peace. He is making a call for change that ALL better join the movement of the Peacemaker-Flower Children. The whole action of the 60s was about movements and protests, to right the wrongs

A kind of mantra in those days was ‘don’t trust anyone over 30’. This made the older generation sort of a quasi-enemy. They looked on the youth of the 60s as a bunch of pot-smoking, rock and roll or folk music; free- love, hippies. The people over 30 criticized this Peace-Love generation, and even did so in the Press; calling the Baby Boomers degenerates and losers.


  • Yes, he was right, the times were changing.  I just wish that change had had less to do with rampant capitalism and religious fundamentalism and more to do with humanity, honesty and perhaps most of all, trying to be a decent sort of bloke in a world gone wrong.
  • Just under two years after he had written the song, Dylan did an interview with the English pop/rock/jazz/blues weekly, “Melody Maker” as said, “It was nothing to do with age or parents… This is what it was, maybe – a bitterness towards authority – the type of person who sticks his nose down and doesn’t take you seriously, but expects you to take him seriously.”


  1. _________________ tie (an animal) with a rope or chain so as to restrict its movement.
  2. ___________________ in a way that suggests one will not be persuaded to change one’s mind; firmly and resolutely (in an admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering manner).
  3. __________________ a tendency to cause disagreement or hostility between people.
  4. __________________ a group of people.
  5. ____________________ apparently but not really; seemingly.
  6. ____________________ inhalation of smoke or vapors released by heating the flowers, leaves, or extracts of cannabis
  7. ___________________ /dɪˈdʒɛn(ə)rət/ an immoral or corrupt person.
  8. ____________________ a person born during a baby boom 
  9. ______________ (especially of something unwelcome) flourishing or spreading unchecked.


  • “A-“ before a verb was a prefix quite common in 16th C. English. It is still, today, quite common in Appalachian English, in the US, which is where Dylan no doubt took his influence.

It can mean “engaged in”, as in “He’s a-runnin! And fast!”, or “She’s a-birth, and there’s no point in hoping she’ll not.”

It can also mean “motion to, into”, as in “I’m going a-long”, “I’m going a-bout”, “I’m going a-round”, “I’m going a-breast”.