Blown` in the Wind Bob Dylan 1963

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Other songs by Bob Dylan: "Like a Rolling Stone", "Knockin` on Heaven's Door", and "Don`t Think Twice It's Alright"

About the song: Bob Dylan is asking the questions about war, humanity, peace, and other rhetorical questions people avoid answering.

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

Analysis: How many roads must a man walk down/Before you call him a man?- This is referring to a man`s experiences in life. How many seas must a white dove sail/Before she sleeps in the sand?- White doves symbolize peace; and he is asking how many white doves must sail before the world has peace. Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly/Before they're forever banned?- Cannonballs wouldn't need to be used once peace is acquired. The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind/The answer is blowin' in the wind.- The answer to world peace is out there for anyone to get if they are willing to accept it. Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist/Before it's washed to the sea?- Everything/ everyone great will eventually go away. Yes, and how many years can some people exist/Before they're allowed to be free? This is referring to blacks and how they exist but are not free. Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head/And pretend that he just doesn't see?- People know that what is happening is wrong but they just turn their heads and let it be. Yes, and how many times must a man look up/Before he can see the sky?- How long do people have to fight for their freedom? Yes, and how many ears must one man have/Before he can hear people cry?- People are not answering to cries of freedom. Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'till he knows/That too many people have died?- Too many have died for freedom and peace.

These lyrics reflect the time period because war and civil rights were a big issue during this time.

Civil Rights, the Vietnam war, and the Cold War was happening during this time.

The overall message was that people need to open their eyes about world peace and have more acceptance toward the idea of it.

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