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Song Parodies -> "The Times They Aren't A-Changin'"

Original Song Title:

"The Times They Are A-Changin'"

Original Performer:

Bob Dylan

Parody Song Title:

"The Times They Aren't A-Changin'"

Parody Written by:

Dave Lippman

The Lyrics

The New York Times has a good but largely undeserved reputation. Their distortions are subtle, their omissions deadly.
Come gather 'round readers
Whenever you’re stumped
And admit that George Orwell’s
Journalistically trumped
And accept it that context
And sense have been dumped
If the Times to you
Is worth bravin’
Then you better start skimmin'
Through the parts fit to print
For the Times they aren’t a-changin'.

Come writers and editors
Who supersize with your pen
You use misleading weasel words
Time and again
Like “the West” and “our interests,”
“Moderate” and “friend”
And there’s no end to all this renamin’
And the reader will vote
Based on the objectivity they pretend
For the Times they aren’t a-changin'.

Come publishers, headline writers
With your hidden point of view
That which “stirs up concerns”
May concern mainly you
Try putting your foot
In a poor person’s shoe
There’s a battle outside
And it’s ragin'
But you’d never know that
Inside the bubble that skews
For the Times they aren’t a-changin'.

Come all ye truth-seekers
Throughout the land
And do criticize
The sly bias at hand
These corporate insiders
Are deaf to our demand
Never calling for corporate jail terms
In a world upside down
Such clear vision is banned
For the Times they aren’t a-changin'.

The old gray lady
Will always stand fast
Do her best to stupefy
The news-reading class
As reliable reporters
They’re woefully miscast
Will alternative media save us?
Let the youth write their stories
Produce their own broadcasts
For the Times they aren’t a-changin'

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Patrick - June 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Brilliant stuff. I know one paper that will not publish it. In 1863, when the Times thought it might come under siege, the publishers mounted a pair of Gatling guns on the roof. Of course, today they promote civilian disarmament. The mainstream media is little more than the propaganda wing of the Demopublican Party and the Obama maladministration. We need a little more of that old Woodward Bernstein spirit.
John Jenkins - June 25, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow! Great stuff, Dave. Since the Time is one newspaper, not multiple times, I would have written "The Times, IT isn't changing," but I applaud your talent and creativity and your enlightened perspective on a dying "giant" in the dying field of field of print journalism. I also enjoy your website and your vocal version of this song. I know it is not a compliment, but your vocal skills are at least as good as the person who sang the original song!
Phil Alexander - June 26, 2014 - Report this comment
Excellent.. has the NYT been bought up by Murdoch, by any chance?

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