Bob’s birthday

This week’s Elm Tree Quiz is a birthday special, celebrating Bob Dylan turning 80 next Monday.

Don’t worry if you’re not a “Bobcat”, the questions are only very loosely inspired by Dylan songs and very little knowledge of the great man or his canon is required.

But for any Dylan obsessives feeling short-changed, I’ve asked Bob for some questions and he has come up with the below. Name the songs.


  1. How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man?
  2. How does it feel? To be on your own. With no direction home.
  3. Let me ask you one question. Is your money that good? Will it buy you forgiveness?
  4. Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
  5. You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand. You see somebody naked and you say, who is that man?
  6. Well, Abe says, “Where you want this killin’ done?”
  7. And your flesh like silk, and your face like glass – who could they get to carry you?
  8. Can’t you hear that rooster crowing?
  9. She was standing there in back of my chair. Said to me, “Don’t I know your name?”
  10. Then he walked up to a stranger and he asked him with a grin, “Could you kindly tell me, friend, what time the show begins?”
  11. The crime was murder “one”. Guess who testified?
  12. Do you love me, or are you just extending goodwill?
  13. What can I say about Claudette?
  14. Frankly, Miss Scarlett, I don’t give a damn. What is the truth, and where did it go?




  1. Blowin’ In the Wind
  2. Like A Rolling Stone
  3. Masters of War
  4. A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
  5. Ballad of a Thin Man
  6. Highway 61 Revisited
  7. Sad-eyed Lady of the Lowlands
  8. New Morning
  9. Tangled Up In Blue
  10. Lily Rosemary and the Queen of Hearts
  11. Hurricane
  12. Is Your Love In Vain?
  13. The Groom’s still waiting at the Altar
  14. Murder Most Foul