Blowin' in the wind

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sussex cyclist
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Blowin' in the wind

Postby sussex cyclist » 24 May 2012, 8:22am

Today is Bob Dylan's birthday. To celebrate, I am holding a contest to see who can come up with the best verses to his classic song. The sample below may help get you into the spirit of the thing. The winner will receive a certificate suitable for framing in your browser of choice. I have some experience with this.

Hastings Hustle Certificate of Completion
Darwin Award Award
(My stationery cupboard also includes a Bicycle Approval Form and last year's Bicycle Census.)

Without further ado:

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How many roads must a man ride down,
before you call him a man?
How many times can he ride down that road,
until he's hit by a white van?
And how many times can man SMIDSY man,
before he is forever banned?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.

How many years can some potholes exist,
before the streets are hole-free?
How many years must us cyclists exist,
before we are safe from A to B?
And how many times can a motorist say,
though we're here, that he just doesn't see?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.

How many times must a man look up,
And see that it looks like rain?
How many hills must one man climb,
before he can walk without shame?
And how many times must the wind push him back,
can I end this without sounding too lame?

The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,
the answer is blowing in the wind.



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Speaking of forever banned, fingers crossed that I won't be, as this contest is also a plug for my site Not Another Cycling Forum, where this was first posted. As the man himself sang, To live outside the law you must be honest.

Alan D
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Location: South Oxfordshire

Re: Blowin' in the wind

Postby Alan D » 24 May 2012, 2:38pm

The wordsmith in me, ever willing to rise to the challenge for a bit of fun, has come up with this offering.

To the tune of Dylan's 'If you gotta go, go now'. Also translated into 'Si tu dois partir' by Fairport Convention.

Listen to me, baby
There’s something you must see
I want to do this with you, gal
If you want to do it with me.

But if you want to say no
It’s all right
But if you want to say no, OK
Or else you’ll be out with me all day.

It ain’t that I’m a pressuring you
To do something you shouldn’t do
It’s just that I’ve got a buckled wheel
And you’ve got a bike made for two.

But if you want to say no
It’s all right
But if you want to say no, OK
Or else you’ll be out with me all day.

I am just a poor boy, baby
Lookin’ to do a big audax
But I certainly don’t want you thinkin’
That I just want you for your bike.

But if you want to say no
It’s all right
But if you want to say no, OK
Or else you’ll be out with me all day.

You know that I don’t like to ask you so
And guilty about the work for you
If I forced you into letting me stoke
When you didn’t even want me to.

But if you want to say no
It’s all right
But if you want to say no, OK
Or else you’ll be out with me all day.

It’s not that I’m a wantin’
To force you a step too far
It’s just that I’d paid and said I’d go
And I’m broke until payday comes.

But if you want to say no
It’s all right
But if you want to say no, OK
Or else you’ll be out with me all day.

We could take a picnic
Make a lovely day of it
You and me on your tandem
I’ll even bring the custard creams.

But if you want to say no
It’s all right
But if you want to say no, OK
Or else you’ll be out with me all day.

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gaz
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Location: Kent, car park of England

Re: Blowin' in the wind

Postby gaz » 24 May 2012, 3:03pm

Hey Mister Shimano Man, make some gears for me
I'm fed up of mixing road bits with your MTB;
Hey Mr Shimano Man, make some gears for me
And some drop bar V brake levers would do very nicely.
Hand wash only. Do not iron.

sussex cyclist
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Re: Blowin' in the wind

Postby sussex cyclist » 25 May 2012, 12:06am

Thanks very much. You both win. There's no shame in the fact that it's by default. Dylan himself would probably be pleased at the way you didn't even stick to the song.

Alan, you take first prize because of the length of your composition.

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Gaz, you get that featured slot at karaoke night the next time you're visiting Cardiff.