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VARIOUS TEXTS: SONGS: BLOWING IN THE WIND
BY BOB DYLAN

Lyrics

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you can 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 cannonballs fly
Before they're forever banned?
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 is 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 must 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 'n how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes 'n how many deaths will it take till we know
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind
The answer is blowin' in the wind.


Assignments:
1. The white dove, symbol of peace, cannot rest. Why not?
2. What does he the answer is blowin' in the wind nean?
3. What do you understand these lines to mean:
   ..how many times must a man look up before he can see the sky?
   ..how many years can a mountain exist before it is washed to the sea?
4. In the third stanza this song mentions two differnt kinds of people.
   Where else in the song do you find them?



Source: Pop-texts and analysis, Lensing+Schroedel 1973, p. 31

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