Malaysia, Sarawak

The Times They Are A-Changin’ In Sarawak

April 12, 2011

The Times They Are a-Changin’ is one of Bob Dylan’s most famous songs and happens to be one of my favourite songs. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the moment. In 1985, he said: “”This was definitely a song with a purpose. It was influenced of course by the Irish and Scottish ballads …’Come All Ye Bold Highway Men’, ‘Come All Ye Tender Hearted Maidens’. I wanted to write a big song, with short concise verses that piled up on each other in a hypnotic way. The civil rights movement and the folk music movement were pretty close for a while and allied together at that time.”

The following powerful YouTube video is a performance of Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Marco Magnani. Enjoy the video and be touched:

It is a song about change. And with the Sarawak elections this weekend, I have taken liberty with the lyrics of the song to come up with this poem for the Sarawak elections:

Come gather 'round people

Hear Pakatan Rakyat

And admit that Sarawak

Is in the doldrums

Virgin forests and land

They'll be soon be raped barren

If your life to you

Is worth livin'

Then you better start thinkin'

Or you'll sink like a stone

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come all Sarawakians

Exercise your right to vote

Do it for your kids

The chance is here again

Get rid of BN

And the widespread corruption

Make Sarawak great again

Let our Sarawak

Regains its glory

What a day that will be

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come all brothers and sisters

Please heed the call

Stand up and be counted

Hesitate no more

Vote for our future

People power will triumph

The battle is raginí now

United we stand

We'll soon change our future

And make it better

For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers

Throughout the land

Please do go and vote

Think what kind of future

Your sons and your daughters

Should deserve tomorrow

The BN is

Rapidly sinkin'

Please kick out the ole regime

Just lend your helping hand

For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn

Election is near

Give change a chance

Letís all shout Ubah

Make BN tremble

By our calls for change

The onus is

Ours and ours alone

To ensure a bright

And better future

For our beloved

For the times they are a-changin'.

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