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Re: Blowing in the wind

Posted by Bruce Kahl on October 11, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Blowing in the wind posted by Bob on October 10, 2005

: : What do the phrases "blowing in the wind" and "What's your story morning glory" mean? A definition.

: "What's your story morning glory" is slang (circa 1958) meaning nothing more than "what's up"? "Blowin' in the wind" is where the answer is, my friend... but someone else will have to provide a definition.

Blowin' in the Wind by Bob Dylan, 1963

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 cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
--Bob Dylan, 1963

Boy Dylan, who wrote the song, gives us no clue as
to the meaning of the phrase.

When I see pieces of dandelions blowing in the wind I see the possible answers to Dylan's questionings of war and racism.

I see people working to eliminate racism and war and I see these little attempts--writing letters to editors, making your feelings known at gatherings and meetings, speaking out against the right wing etc--as little pieces of dandelions or seedlings floating in all directions by people all over the globe to initiate change.