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Song Parodies -> "A Hard Rain's A-gonna Fall (2013 Rendition)"

Original Song Title:

"A Hard Rain's A-gonna Fall"

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Original Performer:

Bob Dylan

Parody Song Title:

"A Hard Rain's A-gonna Fall (2013 Rendition)"

Parody Written by:

CryHavoc

The Lyrics

In 1963, an acoustic guitar minstrel named Robert Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) released his second album. Within its confines a spirit of protest was awakening in the singer as others covered his profoundly written words. It was said that his singing voice wasn't the best...actually it was far form it..but when you heard the words he had to say, his voice was the furthest thing from your thoughts. From songs about love and reminescence to castigating dirges holding the government at fault for its actions, Bob Dylan had a heavy impact on society. One of the tracks from his second album was called "A Hard Rains's A-Gonna Fall" but now it has been almost fifty years since its release. I think that a harder rain is fixing to fall in 2013.... Due in large part to the choices given to the people for President, Barack Obama pulled out a win due to voters staying clear of the polls. It may take a whole generation to undo the damage that has been done to the USA... a harder rain is coming...
Oh, where have you been, my modern son ?
And where have you been my digital age one ?
I've bled and I've died on vast swaths of desert
I've been to a place where literacy was accursed
I've dwelled in a place where one book was the government
I've observed the people's will as it shattered a nation
I've watched a grand idea fall prey to corruption...
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, what did you see, my modern son ?
And what did you see, my digital age one ?
I saw red and yellow fall to oligarchic ruin...
I saw a land filled with profit that bankrupted its people
I saw the ruin of a people that created a nation
I saw a river between two nations drowning in bloodshed
I saw bloodshed and ruin that failed to be relevant...
I saw relevance cast asunder because it wasn't really needed...
I saw the seeds of revolution as they declared blue or red...
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

And what did you hear, my modern son ?
And what did you hear, my digital age one ?
I heard the lightning destroying followed bgy the thunder
I heard the illiterate masses speaking with one voice..
I heard their voice and it resounded with hatred...
I heard the roaring of silence bereft of any cannons
I heard the cry for peace through the utter desolation
Heard the speech of a charlatan who denied a mass murder...
Heard the sound of another that was free inside her prison..
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

Oh, who did you meet my modern son ?
Who did you meet, my digital age one ?
I met a black man who embraced yet more darkness
I met his supporters now cast by the wayside
I met an idealist who embraced the corruption...
I met a fool who was mindlessly speaking..
I met another who survived by simply not listening
I met yet another who voted for hatred...
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.

And what'll you do now, my modern son ?
And what'll you do now my digital age one ?
I'm a-goin' back out though the vitriol is fallin'
I'll walk to the borders of the darkest of countries..
Where the people are many but the silence is larger...
Where the words of poison are flooding the airwaves
Where a damp dirty prison is home to too many
Where the killer at times is never well hidden..
Where humanity is twisted so souls ever hunger...
Where white is despised while others are ascendant
And I'll tweet it and post it and blog it and embrace it...
And reflect it from my Ipad , my Fire and my Surface
Then I'll speak from on high until the voices betray me...
But I'll sharpen my words before I begin singing....
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall.
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Patrick - November 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Of all of Bob Dylan's songs, covered by many, this is the one that absolutely must be heard in his own voice. You have constructed a magnificent update of a 50 year old classic for the digital age. "I met a black man who embraced yet more darkness". I wonder who that might be. If you get the chance look on youtube for a video of Bob Dylan singing "Hard Rain" accompanied by the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra. Wow!
Callmelennie - November 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Brilliant! I took a stab at one stanza of this OS and that's as far as I got -- And what did you see, my patriot son ..... I saw one trillion bucks disappear in a rathole .. I saw an American pres bow down like a butler .. Saw an old vet protest and they called him a Nazi .. I saw American AK's in the hands of drug kingpins .. Saw 90K in debt put on the backs of our children ... Saw a shovel ready project where no one was digging .. Saw Congress and POTUS defy the will of the people .. And it's a hard, etc.
Flamer - November 20, 2012 - Report this comment
Not bad. How's about updating AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" next?
Patrick - November 20, 2012 - Report this comment
I like your verse, Lennie. Hope you manage to expand it some day.
Michael Pacholek - November 21, 2012 - Report this comment
In case you weren't paying attention, Dylan was very publicly FOR Obama. And only an idiot would look at the turnout and say Obama lost because of "voters staying clear of the polls." Instead of a hard rain, I can see clearly now: The rain is GONE.
CryHavoc - December 22, 2012 - Report this comment
"I met a black man who embraced yet more darkness". A reference to Barack Obama

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