How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, an’ 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 is washed to the sea?
Yes, an’ how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?
Yes, an’ how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn’t see?
How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, an’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, an’ how many deaths will it take ‘til he knows
That too many people have died?
-- Peaceful Uprising's Additional Lyrics --
How many trials must a man endure,
Before he’s allowed to speak truth?
How many years must a man sacrifice,
To stand up for those in their youth?
Yes, and how many people will stand on the side,
‘cause they are unsure, what to do?