Samia Khoury: Blowing in the Wind

Posted on May 18, 2018

After the massacre of Gaza on May 14, I was writing to a friend and asking how many more need to die before our voice is heard and we are granted justice. He wrote back reminding me of Bob Dylan’s song “the answer is Blowin’ in the wind.” I have always loved that song. So I decided I was going to improvise new words to suit our situation.

 

 

 

How many massacres must we go through

Before they see us as  humans?

How many evictions must we go through

Before we have the right to go back to our homes

Yes,  and how many times are we labeled terrorists

Before we are granted our rights

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind

 

How many years must we stay under siege

Before we regain our freedom

How many years must we face humiliation

Before we’re granted  our dignity

And yes how many more lives need to be lost

Before justice and peace will prevail

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

 

How many years can people stay  oppressed

Before rising up towards  freedom

How many young people must die

Before the world raises its voice 

And yes how many handicapped will stay around

Before they can lead a normal life

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind

The answer is blowin’ in the wind