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Hi,

I'd like to know the meaning of the phrase; The answer is blowing in the wind.

Is this to mean,

1. The answer is just to stand in the winds, there is nothing you can do to solve the problem you are facing but to be blown in the winds.

2. The answer is rolling in the winds, so you can catch the answer by streching your hands.  I wonder why you don't try to solve the problem because it is so easy to find the answer that is just being blowing in the wind.

Which do you think is the meaning?

Thanks in advance. 
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Neither. This is an allegorical phrase, implying that the answer ("how many roads ....how many seas ... how many deaths ... ") is there to be sensed or heard or felt or perceived, already, and does not need great intellectual perception or deep and lengthy discussion or tortuous justification ... if one opens one's senses and "listens" to the "wind" of human consciousness and human justice.

In other words, this is poetry, not Standard English.

Anyone of a more poetical bent want to take a crack at this?
Here is the second stanza of the Bob Dylan song:

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,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

The answer is blowin' in the wind - In context, it means that the answer is elusive and fickle, like the wind.
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We had a thread on this a couple of months ago.
I remember when the song came out. I like it.

I appreciate all your efforts to explain it.
I still don't have the foggiest notion what it means.Emotion: thinking
Does anyone know if Dylan coined the phrase (sentence)?

I'm leaning a bit toward the OP's #1.
AnonymousThe answer is blowing in the wind.
There is no answer. There is no good answer. The question is so deeply puzzling that you may as well look for the answer in the blowing wind as anywhere else.

CJ
The Wikipedia article has a quote from Dylan that says, amongst other things, "I still say [the answer is] in the wind and just like a restless piece of paper it’s got to come down some ... But the only trouble is that no one picks up the answer when it comes down so not too many people get to see and know".

Unless he's said anything more explicit somewhere else, or is planning to, I guess that's the most we'll ever know (know about what he meant by it, that is -- everyone else is free to make their own interpretation).
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The answer is apparent for all to see. The solution still goes a begging.
The answer my friend, is the existential cry of physical and psycological emancipation from the oppression of totalitarian control: state or church. This song could not be sung nor be spoken by anyone applying the dogma. It is a simple meditation on the beauty of just being. Unfortunately, just being has never tallied with facism, or any ism for that matter. And so it goes......the answer keeps on blowin', but until we earthlings stop believing in higher powers and realise there exists no higher power than ourselves, then this question will be forever unanswered, rhetorical as it is.
I am not very poetic at all but I think he was just saying that many of the answers the questions he posed didn't have any real justification. On the other hand, I tend to reach for a more concrete answer when I hear a song because it's just more fun. Is it possible that he was referring to an American Flag?
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