Carl’s Rock Songbook #8: Bob Dylan, “Masters of War” » Postmodern Conservative
Back to war, and the âanti-warâ stance. Part of the conclusion of Songbook #6 was that the stance of songs like âBlowinâ in the Windâ and âNew Years Dayâ could easily lead to despair and overindulgence of anger.
âMasters of Warâ certainly is a breath-taking display of anger, and even of cold hatred. Freewheelin’ gives us three better anti-war moments: there is the delightful (Bradbury-influenced) comedy of âTalking World War III Blues,â the mysterious poetry/prophecy of âA Hard Rainâs A-Gonna Fall,â and the wistful idealism of âBlowinâ in the Wind.â But just one pretty song after âBlowinâ,â we find ourselves in the midst of grimly-sung lines like these: