Things Have Changed
A worried man with a worried mind
No one in front of me and nothing behind
There’s a woman on my lap and she’s drinking champagne
Got white skin, got assassin’s eyes
I’m looking up into the sapphire-tinted skies
I’m well dressed, waiting on the last train
As Dylan has aged, he has frequently taken on the persona of a dark oracle, a comedic figure who has long since lost faith or even interest in the world at hand, and takes pleasure in leaning back and cracking wise as man unwittingly invents his doom. There is tremendous fun to be had with nothing left at stake, and 1999's "Things Have Changed" represents one of the truly uproarious moments in a catalog full of black humor. Here the narrator regards a sea of corruption with a wry grin and a knowing shrug. Earlier versions of Dylan might have sought to scold or save, but not this world-weary jokerman: "I used to care/ but things have changed."