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  1. 1. BLOWIN’ IN THE WINDHow many roads must a man walk downBefore you call him a man?Yes, n how many seas must a white dove sailBefore she sleeps in the sand?Yes, n how many times must the cannon balls flyBefore theyre forever banned?The answer, my friend, is blowin in the windThe answer is blowin in the wind. “How many roads” how many courses in life “must a man” must a blackman “walk down” take such as rape, murder, theft, the creation of dangerous public schools and generations of single welfare mothers “Before you call him a man?” before the Whites realize that he is a genetically inferior being who can never amount to anything more than a male servant, a subordinate, “man” as in ‘Man Friday’ which is more like a “boy” (unless “man” had two meanings the first two lines of Blowin’ In The Wind areredundant). “Yes, n how many seas must a white dove sail” how long will it take before Whitesupremacist apartheid (who ever heard of a black dove?) that brought racial peace and stabilityto South Africa, sails effortlessly across the ocean to America “Before she sleeps in the sand?”and becomes a part of America history? “Yes, n how many times must the cannonballs fly” howmany times must the niggers become suddenly enraged, commit gun crimes ‘fly off the handle’“Before theyre forever banned?” before they are treated in the same way as South Africa treatsits niggers? Under the former system of apartheid, “banned” meant todeprive a person suspected of illegal activity of the right of free movementand association with others “The answer” the answer to the ‘Negroquestion’ in America “my friend, is blowin” is spreading “in the wind” insomething that destroys “wind” as in ‘The winds of war.’ On another levelthe answer is to treat niggers as they did in the Old South, the answer is inWhite vigilantism, lynch ‘em and let ‘em blow (cause to move by means of acurrent of air) in the wind! Billie Holliday, Strange Fruit, “Southern trees beara strange fruit / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root / Black bodiesswinging in the southern breeze / Strange fruit hanging from the poplartrees.”“Roads” as ways and courses of action; Playboys and Playgirls, “Your insane” your immoderateand wild “tongues” language, rhetoric, “of war talk aint a-gonna guide my road” Song to Woody,1962 “I’m walking a road other men have gone down” I am trying to master a path in life of thatof a folksinger as so many others have in the past. Also “roads” as John Cecil Rhodes a miningmagnate and politician in South Africa and a violent and brutal racist who used forced labortactics as a means of founding De Beers Diamonds.“Walk” as live; Ballad of Donald White, “But the jails they were too crowded, / Institutionsoverflowed / So they turned me loose to walk upon / Lifes hurried tangled road.” All Over You1962, “You made me to a walkin wreck” a living wreck.
  2. 2. “Sleep” as co-exist with, be comfortable with; You’re No Good 1962, “You got the ways of adevil sleeping in a lions den” Let Me Die In My Footsteps Before I Go Down Under the Ground1962, “Let me sleep in your meadows with the green grassy leaves” let me co-exist in Americawith great books of poems such as Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman “Let me walk down thehighway with my brother in peace.” Tomorrow is a Long Time 1962, “only if she was lying by meI would lie in my bed once again.” Eleven Outlined Epitaphs 1964, “an Im still on that road, Jim/ Im still sleepin at night by its side.” “Sand” as history; Chronicles, “Ray Gooch wasnt like that; He wasnt somebody who would leave any footprints on the sands of time, but there was something special about him.” To the Left in Tears of Rage 1968, “We pointed out the way to go” we told you that you should move in the direction of the Right “And scratched your name in sand” and tried to cancel any major role you will play in history “But you just thought it was nothing more than a place” but you just thought it was nothing more than a suitable setting and occasion “for you to stand” for you to stand the test of time, to endure and to take a stand on certain key issues.“Cannonball” as a “crazy nigger” I’m In The Mood For You 1962, “Sometimes Im in the mood,Im gonna sleep in my ponys stall” sometimes I am content to be continually drunk in a bar,“stall” booth, cubicle, or stand used by a vendor “Sometimes Im in the mood, I aint gonna donothin at all” sometimes I want to be shiftless like an urban Negro on welfare “Sometimes Im inthe mood, I wanna fly like a cannonball” sometimes I want to fly off the handle and commit aviolent gun crime like the niggers do. The Weight 1967, “Catch a cannonball now” find a Blackheroin dealer, catch a nigger by the toe “ttake me down the line” so I can lay out a few lines ofsmack to snort “My bag” of dope “is sinkin low and I do believe its time.” Mary and the Soldier1993, “Perhaps in battle I might fall / From a shot from an angry cannonball.”“Pony” as intoxicant, glass for beer and liquor; Poem To Woody 1961, “And tomorrows morninseems so far away / And you feel the reins” restraint and control “from yer pony are slippin”New Pony 1978, “I had a pony, her name was Lucifer.”“Blow” to move along or be carried by or as if by the wind: It’s in the wind, it’s spreading rapidly;Poem to Woody 1961, “You need a cyclone wind” you need a destructive force “on a steamengine howler” that will drown out others songs, howl down a performer “thats been banging”slang: causing a sense of excitement; a thrill “and booming” and suddenly increasing, as inpopularity “and blowing forever” and spreading forever. Worried Blues 1962, “Im going wherethe chilly winds dont blow.” Go Away You Bomb 1962, “I want it blowin from every pore”Brownsville Girl 1986 “And you know it blows right through me like a ball and chain.”“Wind” something that disrupts or destroys; Eleven Outlined Epitaphs 1963, “with its old stonecourthouse decayin in the wind” Eleven Outlined Epitaphs: “south Hibbing is where everybodycame t start their town again. but the winds of the north came followin an grew fiercer” Dignity1994, “Chilly wind sharp as a razor blade” Cold Irons Bound 1997, “The winds of Chicago havetorn me to shreds” Note: when Dylan’s fans, or “friends” heard the word “wind” in Blowin In TheWind it was defined as a tendency; a trend: the winds of change.
  3. 3. How many years can a mountain existBefore its washed to the sea?Yes, n how many years can some people existBefore theyre allowed to be free?Yes, n how many times can a man turn his headPretending he just doesnt see?“How many years can a mountain exist” how much longer can the mountainous problem of theNegro be allowed to exist “Before its washed” before the true nature of the problem will wash,will be made believable, obvious “to the sea?” to America. Also how many years will theproblem of the Negro plague America before they are herded on to a boat and forced to makethe long voyage across the sea to Africa where they can join their fellow savages! GeorgeLincoln Rockwell offered free passage back to Africa for Blacks and made up mock one-waysteamship tickets to this effect “Yes, n how many years can somepeople exist” how many years will America allow poor Blacks tolive at a minimal level; subsist “Before theyre allowed to be free?”before the are allowed to receive free money, an allowance,through the welfare system “Yes, n how many times can a manturn” how many times can a man change “his head” his leader, theUnited States President “Pretending he just doesnt see?” foolinghimself into believing that this is not the truth about Blacks andelecting a liberal Democrat or middle of the road RepublicanPresident rather than a Dixiecrat or a Goldwaterite Republican;Also “pretend” as one who sets forth a claim to a throne.“Mountains” as problems: someone who can move mountains can solve a difficult problem.Beyond Here Lies Nothin 2009, “Beyond here lies nothin / But the mountains of the past.” InChangin of the Guard 1978 Dylan wrote this to the Communist Party, “Ive moved yourmountains” I’ve helped you with your problems like gaining acceptance to the American people“and marked your cards” and I almost became a card-carrying Communist.“Sea” as America; God Bless America, “from sea to shining sea” In the Summertime 1981, “Bythat soft and shining sea” When The Ship Comes In 1963, “And the chains of the sea wouldhave busted in the night” and the present restraints preventing the American working class fromgetting it’s just due would be thrown off “and be buried on the bottom of the ocean” and willnever return after the Communist revolution. Emmett Till 1962 “While Emmetts body floats thefoam of a Jim Crow southern sea” while Emmett is a corpse because of the intense anger andrage of a segregated South in the United States. Emmitt Till came to Mississippi from Chicagoonly to be mutilated and murdered for ogling a White woman. Dylan expressed his beliefs about welfare in Chronicles by quoting the Nazi David Duke: “The ex-Klansman David Duke from Metairie in Jefferson Parish had been elected to the Louisiana State House of Representatives and he was being interviewed. He said that welfare wasnt working and that workfare would be better; make people on welfare work for the community instead of getting a free ride. He also wanted to put prisoners from state pens on work programs. Didnt want them getting a free ride, either. I hadntseen Duke before; he looked like a movie star.”
  4. 4. How many times must a man look upBefore he can see the sky?Yes, n how many ears must one man haveBefore he can hear people cry?Yes, n how many deaths will it take till he knowsThat too many people have died? “How many times must a man look up” how many times must the Whiteman become better, improve himself, advance; ‘things are looking up.’ “Before he can see the sky?” before he can see he is the best of the various races “sky” as the highest level and degree; ‘reaching for the sky’ or ‘The sky’s the limit’ “Yes, n how many ears must one man have?” and how much sympathy, as in ‘lend a sympathetic ear’ must the White Man have “Before he can hear people cry?” before he can hear that his ownpeople are suffering as a result of integration “Yes, n how many deaths will it take till he knows”yes and how many Black on White homicides will it take until he learns “That too many peoplehave died?” that too many White people, not a bunch of nappy-headed Black criminals, havebeen murdered.“Sky” as the highest level and degree; ‘Trails of Trouble 1962, “I walked down by the river” Iwent to an area of great abundance, the folk music scene “I turned my head up high” I thoughton a higher level than the one I was on “I saw that silver linin” an articulate interior covering ofmy thoughts “Silver” eloquent; persuasive: ‘a silver voice’ “That was hangin in the sky” that washanging like a fine painting and would elevate me to much higher level and degree.“River” as an abundant stream or flow; To Dave Glover 1962, “They damned up the clear runninriver of ‘Love thy neighbor’ said by Jesus Christ.” Where Teardrops Fall 1989, “By rivers ofblindness” God Knows 1990, “God knows theres a river” god knows there was abundance ofwealth in Palestine “God knows how to make a flow” God knows how to make it abound andteem “God knows you aint gonna be taking nothing with you when you go” God knows thatwhen you are driven out of your homeland by the Zionist Jews all you wealth will be lost.Dylan expressed his views on Black on White crime in Chronicles, “He [Frank Sinatra Jr.] talkedabout the Civil Rights Movement, said his father had been active in civil rights and had alwaysfought for the underdog-that his father felt like he was one himself. Frank Jr. seemed prettysmart, nothing faked or put-on or ritzy about him. There was a legitimacy about what he did, andhe knew who he was. The conversation rolled along. ‘How do you think it would make you feel,’he said, ‘to find out that the underdog had turned out to be a son of a bitch?’ ‘I dont know,’ Isaid, ‘probably not so good.’”