From Bad to Verse: Oh The Time It Is A-Changin’

Oh The Time It Is A-Changin’ (Standard Time) 

Come listen up folks in the US of A 

Who are seeing the fall quickly slipping away 

And accepting as true clocks can change what they say 

No matter the outcomes circadian 

You had better get with it or a price you will pay  

For the time it is a-changin’ 


Go set your clocks backwards or be early all day 

Get started right now cuz twill soon be Monday 

Such a zombie you’ll be and it won’t go away 

No matter how much you’re exclaimin’ 

The hour you gain you will lose one March day 

Oh the time it is a-changin’ 


Now calm down your anger, ’tis useless to fight 

Jump backward not forward and increase the night 

Though you curse old Ben Franklin with all of your might 

And his thoughts on the clock rearrangin’ 

It’s the time of the year when we’re losing daylight 

Oh the time it is a-changin’  


Kevin Ahern is an Oregon State University professor Emeritus of Biochemistry and Biophysics. In his retirement, he writes verses. 

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