Jimmy Fallon channels Bob Dylan to criticise Trump in updated version of ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’
In a black-and-white video segment that aired on The Tonight Show, Fallon dons a curly wig, indoor sunglasses, harmonica brace around his neck and a guitar to perform a new rendition of Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin''. Updating the lyrics of the popular 1964 song to offer a more biting criticism of present-day America under Trump, Fallon touched on the #MeToo movement, the NFL players' national anthem protest controversy and the embattled president's ceaseless war against the press and 'fake news'.
“Gather ’round people wherever you roam/ And admit that our country don’t feel like our home,” he begins in similar fashion to Dylan circa 1960s. Though he never mentions Trump's name once in the song, it is obvious it is directed at him. The lyrics would have been really funny only if the truth and the implications they reveal weren't so serious.
On the #MeToo movement, Fallon's Dylan sings: Come women and men who hashtag #MeToo/ And believe me when I say that we believe you/ For weak is the man who calls truth “fake news”/ Time’s up, our silence we’re breaking
On the NFL protests: Come athletes with platforms throughout the land/ Who by taking a knee are taking a stand/ And before you shout out that they should be banned/ Listen to what they are saying/ Perhaps they’d stand up if you reached out your hand/ Well the times they are a-changin’
On reporters and journalists: Come journalists, writers who report the facts/ And brandish your pen to fend off his attacks/ Look past what he says and look at how he acts/ The fire and fury is raging/ For his words can hurt, but your words can fight back/ New York Times, they aren't a-failin'"
Watch the video below:
Updated Date: Feb 06, 2018 14:53:01 IST