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Monday, January 4, 2016

Views and Review : 'Blowin' in The Wind' by Bob Dylan

Listening to 'Blowin' In The Wind' is learning an alphabet of folk music.I mean,has anyone ever seen a man who listens to real music and has not listened to this song?It is like not knowing your own residence.When I first listened to this song a couple of years ago,I was in complete awe.I was just beginning to take an interest in Western music and this song must have been one of the big reasons why I got drawn into the concept of it.Might be that the song is more about questioning than stating,the latter being one of the main criteria for anti-xenophobic music but who is it questioning after all?Our own morality.Our own selfish souls.It has got the 'social' element it throughout its course.

Blowin' In The Wind Lyrics
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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 is 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 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

About The Song
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"Blowin' in the Wind" is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released on his album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in 1963. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war and freedom. The refrain "The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind" has been described as "impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind".

In 1994, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".

Dylan originally wrote and performed a two-verse version of the song; its first public performance, at Gerde's Folk City on April 16, 1962, was recorded and circulates among Dylan collectors. Shortly after this performance, he added the middle verse to the song. Some published versions of the lyrics reverse the order of the second and third verses, apparently because Dylan simply appended the middle verse to his original manuscript, rather than writing out a new copy with the verses in proper order.The song was published for the first time in May 1962, in the sixth issue of Broadside, the magazine founded by Pete Seeger and devoted to topical songs.The theme may have been taken from a passage in Bound for Glory, where Woody Guthrie compares his political sensibility to newspapers blowing in the winds of New York City streets and alleys. Dylan was certainly familiar with Guthrie's work and reading this book had been a major turning point in his intellectual and political development.

In June 1962, the song was published in Sing Out!, accompanied by Dylan's comments:

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  ...But the only trouble is that no one picks up the answer when it comes down so not too many people get to see and know . . . and then it flies away. I still say that some of the biggest criminals are those that turn their heads away when they see wrong and know it’s wrong. I’m only 21 years old and I know that there’s been too many   . . . You people over 21, you’re older and smarter.

Song Review

The song is a treat for both music enthusiasts and someone with an activist living inside her/him.
The lyrics are beyond perfection,the notes that constitute the melody are simple,repetitive but sound attractive to the ear.The instrumentals are absolutely apt for the song.The guitar is amazing.The voice behind is that of Bob Dylan,from where do I acquire the guts to criticise anything related to this song?
The major reason why the song is so legendary are however the lyrics part.They have the ability to motivate immediately,they can make you numb and they get you thinking about things that they are about for quite a while,every single time you listen.And what's more is that you can't get bored of this song,no matter how many times you listen to it.

The scores are here -

Lyrics - 5/5
Instrumentals - 5/5
Melody - 5/5
The voice behind - 5/5

As a song - {(20/20 * 100)%} = 100%

Listen to the song and watch the amazing video.Uploaded by Naucruz.

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