Si c’est Peter, Paul & Mary qui ont fait connaitre Blowin’ In The Wind, (leur version de ce titre se trouve sur ce site, ainsi que celle des New World Singers, qui en ont donné le premier enregistrement ; on trouve quelques précisions sur cette chanson dans la notice de cette version) et propulsé Bob Dylan au sommet de la jeune chanson protestataire, cette chanson n’en est pas moins de lui… Le voici donc, interprétant en public en 1963, avec sa guitare haut placée sur sa poitrine à la manière de Woody Guthrie et son harmonica, ce qui devait devenir l’hymne de toute une génération.

BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND

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 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 must 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
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?
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 really 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