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Bob Dylan: Blowin' In the Wind Meaning

Song Released: 1963


Covered By: Stevie Wonder (1966), Peter Paul & Mary (1963)


Blowin' In the Wind Lyrics

How many roads must a man walk down

Before you call him a man?

Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail

Before she sleeps in the sand?

Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly

Before they're forever banned?

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    anonymous
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    Aug 14th, 8:42am report


    I think he's talking about the black man in the US and that he is called 'boy' by the bigots and one-eyed individuals who keep him down, and if you look at the flag flying he says, we are all Americans, there is no 'boy' we are all equal.



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    anonymous
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    Feb 21st, 2013 2:39pm report


    No matter what we do we can't change the evil in the world. It's like blowing in the wind that does nothing....



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    anonymous
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    Nov 20th, 2012 11:29pm report


    How many times must man repeate his mistakes until he get's it right . Simple answer .

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    anonymous
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    Nov 15th, 2012 11:09am report


    The answer is around you and it may be felt [like the wind] but you can't catch it or influence its force or direction in any way. If you blow [your truth], you do nothing. Feel the wind with an open mind and let your blowing change.



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    anonymous
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    Oct 23rd, 2011 10:30am report


    It's not my idea, but I like it a lot (not sure whether it's what Bob meant, but it makes a lot of sense): What's blowing in the wind? US flag (or any national flag for that matter)! So, how many times (or how long) do people have to do or to be all those things they are or do? Look up on the pole: there's a flag blowing in the wind and that's your answer!



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    anonymous
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    Oct 10th, 2011 10:37am report


    The truth is that there isnt a right or wrong answer, all Bob's questions in the song are rhetorical because we will never trully find the answer, he knows that, hence "The answer my friend is blowing in the wind", we may never catch up to the answer which is why we create our own morals and answers. Bob knows this and is asking us if we trully believe in our own morals and why.



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    anonymous
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    Jun 25th, 2011 6:44pm report


    This song states we know the answers to his questions but like a piece of paper we try to catch the preverbal wind always keeps it just out of reach.

    He ask how many roads must a man walk before he is a man. We as humans are always proving our being our "manhood". When will man know war solves nothing. We only will silence the cannons when men stop thinking they are always better then others.

    When does opersion stop when do we have enough ears. When are all people treated the same! At the rate we are going to accept each other mountains will be washed to the sea before it happens.

    The answer is blowin the wind. We have to band together and catch that paper. We have to catch the meaning of love for each other. Otherwise the answer is just blowin in the wind waiting for us to get the meaning of peace. Peace is not the absence of war. It's acceptance of all.



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    mgzaw99
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    Jan 4th, 2011 1:11am report


    From womb to tomb,we've to search the meaning of life.Existentialism? The answer is blowing in the wind.I want to know the answer from Bob Dylan because the wind can't write or read.




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