On election night, 4 November 2008, Bob Dylan played the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, his alma mater in his home state. The setlist included, surely not by chance, THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’, MASTERS OF WAR and BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND. The last-named song was the encore, played by Dylan when the outcome of the voting was already coming through and the crowd knew that Barack Obama would be the 44th President of the United States.
Just before ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’, Dylan told the audience: "I guess things are really going to change now".
I wish I had been there. If this isn’t history, I don’t know what is. That night Dylan and audience were living in a political world indeed!
And then the next day, Obama’s victory speech quoted the words ‘It’s been a long time coming’, from Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ … the song Cooke wrote as a response to ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ …