‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ turns 55. So I rewrote it.
Fifty-five years ago Sunday, July 9th, Bob Dylan recorded “Blowing in the Wind,” which appeared on his 1963 album “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.” The iconic protest song (although Dylan never really called it that) became a monster hit for folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary and went on to be recorded or performed by everyone from Stevie Wonder, Dolly Parton, Bruce Springsteen and Keith Richards to Elvis, Cher and every living-room troubadour who ever noodled around the frets of an acoustic guitar.
I’d never muck with the song’s tune, which is perfection. But that lyric structure? Heck, yeah! It asks an ambiguous series of questions that can be adapted for any occasion, geographic locale or point in time. So on a sticky July afternoon, I thought I’d give the song a do-over to reflect life in and around this big city that, God help us, we call home.
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