Billy Bragg turns Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are a Changin'” into anti-Trump anthem — watch

Longtime activist/songwriter looked to Dylan's protest anthem for inspiration

    Hours after watching the horror movie that was Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony last week, Billy Bragg did what he always does in tumultuous social and political times like these: He picked up a guitar and penned a protest song.

    For Bragg, an artist whose music has long served as an outlet for his activism, the songwriting session was a little bit different this time around, though. Rather than an original track, he looked to the classic Bob Dylan protest anthem “The Times They Are a Changin’” for inspiration. As Billboard points out, Bragg tweaked the lyrics here and there to turn the 1964 cut into a 2017 anti-Trump affair.

    “Come Mexicans, Muslims, LGBT and Jews, keep your eyes wide for what’s on the news/ For president Trump is expressing his view,” he sings on his version, which he’s retitled “The Times They Are A-Changing Back”. “And I fear the mob that he’s inciting, will soon break your windows, burn down your schools/ For the times they are a changing back.”


    Later, he references the iconic Civil Rights Movement leader, whose holiday just passed, singing: “In the land of the free and the home of the brave/Martin Luther King is spinning in his grave to see a bigoted bully taking the stage.”

    Above, watch Bragg perform the song from his hotel bedroom.