Blowin’ In the Wind

That poets like the theme of wind was shown in a previous theme on the subject with poems on the subject by old friends of this blog Emily Dickenson and Christina Rossetti, not to mention Keats.

Of course, Bob Dylan’s song is not really about wind – it is a metaphor for the uncertainty of truth, especially in a time of dogmatic politics: “There ain’t too much I can say about this song except that the answer is blowing in the wind. It ain’t in no book or movie or TV show or discussion group. Man, it’s in the wind — and it’s blowing in the wind. Too many of these hip people are telling me where the answer is but oh I won’t believe that. I still say it’s in the wind and just like a restless piece of paper it’s got to come down some .” Bob Dylan.

Well, if there ain’t too much Dylan can say about it I am certainly not going to jump in, but there is a really interesting article about how it was first made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary (and much more) ] The article includes the quote from Dylan:

“This here ain’t no protest song or anything like that, ’cause I don’t write no protest songs.” Ironic because it became an unofficial anthem of the Civil Rights Movement

3 thoughts on “Blowin’ In the Wind

  1. I have heard this song before but
    Today I studied the words
    ‘Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
    Before he can hear people cry?’

    He is asking the rhetorical questions of
    What would it take to change people
    To be able to notice the injustice
    To do something about the suffering
    And poverty in our world

    But what can we do?
    Join groups that are working
    Towards justice

    What can each of us do
    About poverty and injustice
    We can donate our time and money
    But we must never ignore them

    Do what we can whenever we can
    But never just walk on by
    Not let these thoughts drift
    Just like bits of paper
    Float past us to the ground



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