Blowing in the wind: Peter Paul and Mary

I can’t believe the video footage of Peter Paul and Mary above goes back forty-six years?! It’s a brilliant Bob Dylan song with words adapted from an American slavery spiritual anthem. I loved listening to it as much even now, and as I did as a young teenager and into adulthood. Folk-songs are timeless. Belated condolences to the family of Richard Kniss bass payer who sadly passed away on 25th January 2012. The band was together for the most of fifty years. That is a real indictment. They have a great ensemble musical chemistry. Mary’s glittery classically designed sleeveless dress was very pretty and classy and appropriate for the music to hand. It would be just as fashionable these days.

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?
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, ‘n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ‘n’ 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 it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, ‘n’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, ‘n’ how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind,
The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

 Blowin in the Wind Analysis

Part of Blowin’ in the Wind Analysis

Bob Dylan can be argued as one of the best singer-songwriters of all time. Dylan has been an intricate part of American rock music for five decades now and recently was the first musician of his genre to win the Pulitzer Prize. Pulitzer administrator Sig Gissler stated, “It recognizes Dylan’s lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” Dylan was a master of creating powerful and inspirational songs that were anthems of his time and still remain to promote peace. Dylan’s hit “Blowin’ in the Wind” off the 1963 album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was one of his best works that raises questions about war, peace and freedom while showing off his profound talent of songwriting.
The first performance of this song was on April 16, 1962 in the midst of the Vietnam War. “Blowin’ in the Wind” was a perfect song for the time. The song raises questions of morality in the world at the time, war, oppression, human rights, etc. The first line of the song “How many roads must a man walk down? / Before you can call him a man” raises the question, how much should one be through before he is given respect? Essentially a protest song, this refers to the protesters of the time and how much they went through to get heard. The next line of the song (see appendix) talks about a white dove sailing seas. The dove is a universal symbol for peace. Dylan asks the question how long must it be flying before it can rest and not worry about war. This line can also be viewed as a biblical allusion as many Bob Dylan songs can. In Genesis 8:8 Noah sent a dove to find calm waters but the dove found none, leaving it unable to rest in sand. The flood, which was caused by sin, was still upon the earth and consequently gave the dove no rest. The following line of the song asks the question “How many times must the cannon balls fly? / Before they’re ever banned.” Dylan asks another question of how many people must die before the world can cease its need to war.

See also:… in best analysis comment at link provided I was reminded of the fact that a lot of Irish people also say ‘dis’ ‘dat’ and ‘dose’. It is a throwback to Irish being our first language.

Update Sat:

I was looking at some modern dresses in Debenham’s, Henry St., and they are exactly the same design as Mary’s dress. I was so fascinated with the materials that are so similar to what I wore as a teenager. The pendulum has certainly swung. I was explaining to Loreto about listening to this song as well and how I felt no differently than I know I did upon listening to it first time around. I felt like I was in a time-warp with both the music and the clothes respectively.


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