Image above: “Reflections” by Lee Teter

This song was written the year I was born – 54 years ago in 1962, during the Vietnam conflict.  Read the words and realize how very little has changed in half of a century.

I almost cry when I read or hear it.  I grew up praying my brother wouldn’t be drafted. My dad played Dylan all the time.

The sad thing is – it IS still relevant.

 

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, how many times must the cannonballs fly

Before they’re forever banned ?

The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

 

Yes, how many years can a mountain exist

Before it’s washed to the sea ?

Yes, how many years can some people exist

Before they’re allowed to be free ?

Yes, 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.

 

Yes, how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky ?

Yes, how many ears must one man have

Before he can hear people cry ?

Yes, 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.

 

Songwriters: BOB DYLAN
Blowin’ In The Wind lyrics © BOB DYLAN MUSIC CO

Professor Diane Litynski is the director of the Entrepreneurial Business Studies Program at Paul Smith’s College.

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