‘Times They Are A-Changin” Lyrics Headed to Sotheby’s

Later this month Sotheby’s will auction the original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” The song,

Later this month Sotheby’s will auction the original handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” The song, one of Dylan’s earlier originals, is written on unruled notebook paper, and is expected to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

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The lyrics come from his Greenwich Village days, detailed in the singer’s Chronicles Volume One memoir and were persevered by his friend Kevin Krown. The Sotheby’s listing notes that Mr. Krown is not referenced in that book.

The song is also from Mr. Dylan’s protest period. One anecdote about its writing from Clinton Heylin’s Behind the Shades Revisited, via Wikipedia:

[Dylan friend] Tony Glover stopped by Dylan’s apartment in September 1963, picked up a page of the song Dylan was working on and read a line from it: “‘Come senators, congressmen, please heed the call.’ Turning to Dylan, Glover said, ‘What is this shit, man?’ Dylan shrugged his shoulders and replied, ‘Well, you know, it seems to be what the people want to hear.'”

Mr. Dylan actually didn’t write many protest songs after this period, which may account for its high value.

‘Times They Are A-Changin” Lyrics Headed to Sotheby’s