Song of the Day #2,494: ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ – Bob Dylan

the_freewheelin_bob_dylanI posted “Bob Dylan Weekends” for so long on the blog that I was positive I’d already featured ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ when it popped up as the next random iTunes cut.

But apart from an early version from The Witmark Demos and a cover from my popular “attractive women playing Bob Dylan songs on YouTube” series, this classic has gone up-posted.

The opening track on Dylan’s second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ marks the beginning of Dylan as a songwriting force that would change the musical world.

Sure, he’d penned two tracks (‘Talkin’ New York’ and ‘Song to Woody’) on his self-titled debut, but this was the first of his songs to reach iconic status.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, ’n’ how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, ’n’ how many times must the cannonballs fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ’n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,494: ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ – Bob Dylan

  1. Dana says:

    As David Letterman said in his introductory remarks before Dylan took the stage to perform during Dave’s final week, relaying a life lesson he once taught his son: “There are two things you have to know in life: You have to be nice to people and the greatest songwriter of modern times is Bob Dylan.”

  2. pegclifton says:

    I just loved when Letterman said that, my tape ran out right after his song, not sure if there was more to watch that night?

  3. Amy says:

    Don’t know that I agree with Letterman’s assertion, but if I were going to argue in its favor, this is the first song I’d pull out as evidence.

  4. Andrea Katz says:

    In 1967 when a great man was born, I sang this song to that baby every night as he plucked one strand of my hair and wrapped it around his thumb. Love, social commentary and hope all mixing together into the Micronesian night.

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