Blowin' in the Wind is a well-known song by Bob Dylan from april 1962, recorded on July 9 of that year for an Edition on single and appeared as the opening track on his second studio album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan in May 1963, produced by John Hammond. [1There are philosophical questions raised about peace, war and freedom that were very topical, for example, in the time of the Viet Nam war, and which also appeal to later generations remained. The song has become the anthem of the civil rights movement and the peace movement in the turbulent sixties of the twentieth century.


The public premiere of the song (with only two of the three couplets) took place on april 16, 1962 in Gerdes Folk City theater in Greenwich VillageNew York. A recording of that occasion circulates among Dylan fans. He was the support act of Greenbriar Boys. The positive report about that time of a journalist of the New York TimesRobert Shelton, was good for a record deal with Columbia Records and a cover of Blowin' in the Wind by the popular trio of Peter, Paul and Mary. They scored an international hit several months before Dylan's own record was released. A tradition of Dylan covers was born.

Sure hundred renowned artists have Blowin' in the Wind on their repertoire such as Marlene DietrichNina and FrederikEtta JamesStevie WonderElvis Presley , Bruce SpringsteenDolly Parton and Bee Gees. The song is in the Dutch translated by Karin Manders and Binder foot & Henkes. [2[3there is also a Frisian execution. [4]

Dylan has indicated that he has written the text in ten minutes, and unlike many others he considers the lines of verse certainly not as his best work. But the song had apparently hit a nerve. The American folk singer Dave Van Ronk was made not much initially, but that changed when he went walking in Washington Square Park. A child sang the song with handcrafted words:[5]

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind.


The questions are each from two rules, which by an internal contradiction a dilemma calls.

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you can call him a man?

Questions about transience, responsibility, freedom, peace, questions, questions, the song suggests there are nine in total, but the answers are recommended. The melody would have been partially taken from the traditional slave song No More Auction Block (Many Thousands Gone) from the time of the American civil war.

Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

What a man can do, means may not be much, but there are not the problems of the world to ignore. Social and political protest song the listener wants to shake up and point out the consequences of their actions.The greatest evil is indifference. [6]

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.

We must be careful to rational behind the meaning of Dylan's words to go looking. In the June issue of Sing Out! from 1962 he said the following about yourself here:

"There ain't too much I can say about this song except that the answer is blowing in the wind."

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Blowin' in the wind 94 147 179 195 211 194 205 188 168 173 210 199 262 317 331

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