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Boomer Anthems: “Against the Wind” I’m still running against the wind….

The years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home, and I
Guess I lost my way
There were oh-so-many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worried about paying or even how much I owed
Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time
Breaking all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searching
Searching for shelter again and again
Against the wind
A little something against the wind
I found myself seeking shelter against the wind

Seger said of this song:

“My old friend Glenn Frey of the Eagles had an idea that our guitarist Drew Abbott should play along with the piano solo. He and I then went out and did the background vocals together. The line ‘Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then’ bothered me for the longest time, but everyone I knew loved it so I left it in. It has since appeared in several hits by other artists, so I guess it’s OK.”

Seger later clarified:

“The only thing that bothered me about that phrase was the grammar. It sounded grammatically funny to me. I kept asking myself, ‘Is that correct grammar?’ I liked the line, and everybody I played it for – like Glenn and Don (Henley) – were saying, ‘That’s the best line in the song,’ but I couldn’t shake the feeling that it wasn’t right. But I slowly came around. You have to understand that songwriters can’t punctuate anything they write. I work in such a narrow medium that I tend to second-guess things like that. As a matter of fact, I’ve seen that line in a few other songs since I came up with it, so I guess it was okay after all.”

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  • Ann K October 24, 2017, 5:12 AM

    As a tail-end baby boomer and writer and editor, this makes me love Bob Seger even more!

  • Gordon October 24, 2017, 5:43 AM

    He does have a way with anthems, doesn’t he?

    This is why writers have editors, even if the editor is your wife or friend. A writer needs to hear how the words sound to someone else.

  • Casey Klahn October 24, 2017, 7:41 AM

    Because times change, I quit buying disks. The last one I did buy was a Jason Aldean CD. For sad and infamous reasons which befell him, his concert passes into American history, but for musical reasons he’ll live on as well.

  • bgarrett October 24, 2017, 9:06 AM

    dang! Bob Seger got old! whos that other guy?

  • Harry October 24, 2017, 3:13 PM

    bgarrett, I was going to ask who the old guy in the glasses doing a Bob Seger cover was.