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Missing rhyme puzzle

This is a verse from a song by Bob Dylan. It was written in 1962. Dylan is a famous singer-songwriter of the U.S. "folk revival" era. He was born Robert Zimmerman but changed his name because he admired the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.

Three words are missing. Can you guess them? The three words all rhyme. The dashes show where the missing words are, but they do not show you how many letters there are in the word.

Please do not post the answer. If you think you have found the answer, just tell us the total number of times you used the letter "a" in the three words.

How many years can a mountain exist

Before it's washed to the __________?

Yes, and how many years can some people exist

Before they're allowed to be __________?

Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head

And pretend that he just doesn't __________?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Aug 17, 2016 10:14 AM
Comments · 7

I do not really know this verse and I know I might have not got any of the words properly, but I really like this activity, so here there is my attempt!


I will be looking forward to knowing the answers and the song this verse belongs to! Thank you so much for this funny activity that let us think in English!

EDITED: I just guessed the words!!!! So give it a try the words are quite "achievable",even if you are a begginer. That is way I have deleted the answers just to give the chance of people giving a try.

I will check for this song right away!! Not a huge fan of Bob Dylan but of these activities. Thanks again!

August 17, 2016
I happen to know this.. Only one "a" hahahaha
August 17, 2016

Thank you @Dan Smith:)I listened to the song and it was great:)I found the answers and I was wrong about the answers.

Thank you once again for such a lovely song:)

August 18, 2016

Sudeep, why don't you try listening to the song at

and see if you can get the answer from that? The verse I'm using begins at about 1:00 into the song.

August 17, 2016

Thank you for this lovely verse and a nice introduction to it.

Well, I have no idea about the blank places,so I guess there is no" a" if I'm correct about those words.But you have told not to mention.So should I mention it or not??

August 17, 2016
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