Bob Dylan had a way with words. Poet, social critic and singer who burst on the counter-culture scene in the sixties with songs that penetrated the psyche of thousands of young folk searching for alternative values to many of which their parents and the older generation held dear, but which they felt were meaningless. Dylan’s thoughts and words struck the chord that they could relate to and that stirred an awakening of consciousness that led to redefining the lives of many of them. He was a phenomenon who was able to channel his thoughts into a medium of expression that made nonsense out of many of the accepted standards and values relating to society, religion and change. He also influenced the musical trend and, along with the Beatles, Stones and others of that era, and gave his generation a richer and more meaningful means of expressing themselves through their music.

Blowin in the wind’ is a classic covered by all sorts of singers through the years and was the anthem of the anti-war segment of American society that was tireing of the war in Vietnam. Maybe it made a difference. In any event it is sure to strike a cord with many of us here who feel that war is a wasteful exercise in all respects. Just check the lyrics out and see how you feel.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, and 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.

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.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before its washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before theyre allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesnt see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind,
The answer is blowin in the wind.

An appropriate song for a lot of us, don’t you think?

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