Folk Thursday: Springsteen on Dylan

In light of the referenda passed in Maine, Maryland, Washington, and Colorado this week, the one rejected in Minnesota, and the voter demographics we’ve been hearing over the past couple of days, I think we can safely say that Dylan’s words still apply.

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’.

First time I heard this song was at a get-out-the-vote rally I covered in Carbondale, Ill., in 1992. I was 17, we were three days from the election, Hillary Clinton was in town to stump for Bill, and a local band called St. Stephen’s Blues was warming up the crowd with Dylan covers. It was perfect then, and it’s perfect now.

I can’t really envision a time when Bob Dylan won’t be relevant.

And that, kids, is why I listen to folk.