Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Times They Are A-Changin'

Bryan Ferry version

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone.
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.
Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'.
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'.
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin'.

Copyright ©1963; renewed 1991 Special Rider Music

Monday, January 05, 2009

Grant is back in Mississippi

(no word yet from Hollywood Cemetery on whether
a rolling over sound emanated from Jeff Davis's grave)

from the Chronicle of Higher Education
December 12, 2008

U.S. Grant Papers Are Mississippi-Bound
Following Legal Settlement in Illinois
After 44 years, the papers of Ulysses S. Grant are leaving Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The deal is part of the settlement of a lawsuit between the university and the Ulysses S. Grant Association, according to reports by the campus’s student newspaper, The Daily Egyptian, and by the Associated Press.
The papers will reside at Mississippi State University. The new Executive Director of the U.S. Grant Association is John F. Marszalek, an emeritus professor of history better known for his work on William T. Sherman, and he seems like a fine choice to me. Sad to see the papers leave Illinois, though.