Auction house Moments In Time has placed in auction Bob Dylan’s original, handwritten manuscript of “The Times They Are A-Changin” with the asking price of $2,200,000.
T^he same auction house has also offered the handwritten lyrics of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” for $1.2 million, and “Lay, Lady, Lay” for $650,000.
According to TMZ, Dylan’s handwritten lyrics were acquired from a collector who bought them from the singer’s manager years ago. The text is rife with “edits, scribbles, notes and even doodles.”
Dylan recalled writing 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.”