The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #115502   Message #2481737
Posted By: Little Hawk
01-Nov-08 - 01:15 PM
Thread Name: There but for fortune/blowin in the wind
Subject: RE: There but for fortune/blowin in the wind
They're both darned good songs in their own way.

"There But For Fortune" has a much more beautiful tune, as one of the posters above remarked on. "Blowin' In The Wind" has far deeper lyrics...and a perfectly respectable tune.

'big tim' basically nailed it with his post above. There are no definitive answers to the great questions asked in "Blowin' In The Wind", and that's what makes the song so powerful.

As Bob once said, "I accept chaos. I don't know if it accepts me."

Most people are afraid to do that. They want certainty instead of admitting that they don't know, cannot know, and never will know the answers to the greatest questions in their lives. This makes them cling to rigid ideas, pretensions of righteousness, and it results in rather superficial and stilted song lyrics most of the time...which was a problem Ochs had, in my opinion, in a good many of his compositions. "There But For Fortune", however, is one of the better ones. I think that his best is "Changes".