Song 8 - Blowin' in the Wind.

BY MIKE JOHNSON

Off The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album, 1962! One of his most famous songs, so famous it’s hard to think of life without it. This skinny twenty-one year old kid standing up bravely and singing sensitively about man’s inequality. Man, alone on the guitar and harmonica, taking on the conscience of America. Asking those simple, childlike questions that cut to the heart of racial issues.

Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'till he knows
That too many people have died?

 

But how to perform that song over fifty years later! No longer a young kid challenging the establishment but a well worn performer. Answer: rock it, turn it into a rocking celebration. Get up and dance to it. Dylan roaring on the organ with a swinging harmonica break.

Next week: the mortality soaked Mississippi.

Blowin’ in the Wind:

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?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and 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

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and 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