Oh. I am segued before I even begin tonight. The first thing on my mind, is…… the times, they are are a changing.
It is true, the times… they are a changing. Which is kind of the point to this whole reflection this evening. This phrase… of course… was the title of Bob Dylan’s third album, and also his lead single from that album.
But….. lyrics aren’t what they used to be, I will tell you that much right now. Dylan. Beatles. Doors. The Mamas and the Papas. Jefferson Airplane. Three Dog Night. Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Ahhh. There’s a good one. CCR. How about Jeremiah was a Bullfrog? He was a good friend of mine. I never understood a single word he said…. Yeah. Joy to the world. Joy to you and me.
That is… if I were the King of the World.
See? I told you I was hitting segues before I typed one word.
Back to lyrics. Now it seems, so many of the Pop Stars of late…. have an extraordinary and prodigious command of the English Language. How about little Justin Beeber? It appears he can do no more than take a head count at the hospital nursery. Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby…..
And so it goes. Back to Dylan.
The times they are a changing. Now this is very true… in our world. Things are constantly moving and shifting. I just read an article in the Journal of Current Biology which states that the Dinosaurs probably farted themselves to death. Seriously. (Sort of… but seriously).
Yes. The big behemoths “might have contributed to their own demise by passing large amounts of heat-trapping methane gas into the Earth’s atmosphere, triggering a lethal warming of the planet some 150 million years ago.”
Now that’s a lot of flatulence. No amount of Bean-o could have helped them, I’m afraid. But think of this…. what about the poor cavemen? I hope their sense of smell wasn’t yet fully developed. But again, I digress. So the dinosaurs tooted themselves right into extinction. T-Rex. Gone but not forgotten.
I can only hope our times keep changing for the good. I hope we don’t pollute ourselves into extinction, for one.
For another, this is a critical time for human rights. A for instance from the not-so-distant past. There was a time, when bi-racial marriages were illegal in this country. Isn’t that something? Yes. It was not legalized in the U.S. until 1967. Seriously. It was more than cultural difference. On race thought it was superior over the other.
It seems we still have misguided thoughts about equality. At least, that is my opinion. OK. Another for instance. Some couples… let’s say… ….. ones who have been together for 25 years… who have raised children and grandchildren together … have contributed largely to society… are unable to EVEN get acknowledgement of a Civil Union. Illegal as can be. It kind of has to do with the color of their skin… but on the inside.
Yes, the times they are a changing. I just hope we aren’t hitting a wall. Or worse yet … moving in the wrong direction.
And if I were the King of the World… I’ll tell you what I’d do….
….. I’d be singing Joy to Me and You.
Well. I sing that now, as it is…
Let’s see…. I would….
… ban Dinosaur Farts.
“They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself” – Andy Warhol