Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. When the Swedish Academy awarded him the prize it stated, “For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.” He became the first popular singer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, beating out famous writers. The emergence of this fact has drawn the interest of many. Dylan has been writing lyrics that stand for peace or resistance. Dubbed ‘The Troubadour’ by many people, he is famous for writing lyrics of philosophy and depth. Below are the lyrics of Blowin’ in the Wind. It features the values of peace and liberty and was referred to as a “poem for ears” by the Swedish Academy.
<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 cannon balls 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’s 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 can a man turn his head pretend that he just doesn’t see?
How many times must a man look up Before he can really see the sky?
Yes, ‘n’ How many ears must one person have Before he can hear people cry? Yes, ‘n’ How many deaths will it take will he knows That too many people have died?