Sunday Sounds

A simple, beautiful classic. ❤

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

-Bob Dylan


3 thoughts on “Sunday Sounds

  1. Probably a straight protest song, but like a lot of Dylan, it doesn’t have to be. It asks the question of what it takes: to see the world, to get others to see the world, and to change the world. It also points to human experience/history to answer that.
    As always, Dylan wants us to be perceptive, and he likely wants us to take notes on previous generations’ examples when we want to know what it takes to change what we see.

    1. Yes, I totally agree.

      I think that this song is a call to action to reflect on ourselves. Not only is it causing us to ask questions such as “What does it take to change the world around us?” it also forces us to ask ourselves, “How much will we stand for?” Often times, people know what they can do to help the world, even if its simply expressing the smallest gesture of kindness, but making an actual effort seems to be too much of a burden somehow. This song is asking how long will it take for people to step up? What has to happen in order for us to wake up??

      In addition, the line “The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind…” is an emphasis on the fact that the answers we are most often searching for are right in front of us, they are all around us. Answers are in the energies, in the wind, in nature. We often face our problems, both personal and worldly conflicts, with the mindset that they are too big for us, finding a solution is so complicated that it is almost impossible, or we think of course there are problems that’s just human nature. However, Dylan is saying no, that solutions are much more simple and within reach than we think, and we do not have to settle simply because we feel we cannot do anything about it. We need to resort back to the simple acts. Be kind always, show love always, be passionate, send positive energies.

      On the other hand, I also take that same line to express a sense of hopelessness for mankind. Humans might not ever be capable of showing complete kindness and love, and it is precisely this that will lead us to tear each other apart. The answer is blowing in the wind in the sense that only nature truly knows how things will ever turn out and we, as humans, are simply polluting the earth, ruining everything, consuming, breeding, too busy to ever notice the reality of what we live in.

      1. Oh, I don’t think it sounds hopeless. It’s definitely sad and born out of frustration, but I always imagine that he’s singing it to someone that he wants to inspire.

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