Change of the Guard cover
Change of the Guard cover

Change of the Guard Lyrics Meanings
by Steely Dan

Rock
1998
578

Change of the Guard Lyrics

If you listen you can hear it
It's the laughter in the street
It's the motion in the music
And the fire beneath your feet
All the signs are right this time
You don't have to try so very hard
If you live in this world
You're feelin' the change of the guard

All the cowboys and your neighbors
Can you swallow up your pride
Take your guns off it you're willin'
And you know we're on your side
If you want to get through the years
It's high time you played your card
If you live in this world
You're feelin' the change of the guard

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I've always felt this song is an evocation of the late 60's, with special reference to a call for "peace." The changing of the guard here is not a literal reference (such as a palace guard being replaced during a shift change). It's referring to a generation becoming older, and the younger generation having a different viewpoint, and wanting to be heard; and more importantly...being taken seriously.

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