BLOWING IN THE WIND

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BLOWING IN THE WIND
“Blowin’ in the Wind” is a song written by Bob Dylan and released on his 1963 album
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan”. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses
a series of philosophical questions about peace, war, and freedom without supplying
concrete answers. The refrain “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind” has been
described as “impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your
face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind”. The song makes no reference to a
specific event. In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, it
was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
How many roads must a man walk down
Before they call him a man
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand
How many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they are forever banned
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind
How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea
How many years must some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free
How many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind
How many times can man a look up
Before he sees the sky
How many ears must one person have
Before he can hear people cry
And how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind
Oh, the answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind