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Blowin in the Wind

By Bob Dylan

A catalogue of the world's problems from a vaguely hopeful perspective

The arrangement used here is different from the original Dylan, modified to fit into the Night section better. Some people, but not most, find this produces an uncanny valley effect.

The catalogue of woes from the 1960s is remarkably (and disturbingly) topical, but the refrain ("The answer is blowin' in the wind") is certainly not our perspective.

If using this song, consider its role as a sacred anthem of hippiism, a philosophy we have a complex relationship with.

NYC2016 performance is on Youtube

Lyrics

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you 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're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

How many years must a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?
How many years can 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 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?
How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
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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