♫ Against The Wind ♫

I used to drive a little tiny 2-seater Subaru hatchback that I named “Little Silver Bullet” because at the time I drank Coors Light beer (yes, I name my cars … and my vacuum cleaners … what of it?).  When the company I worked for hired a sign painter to paint our logo on the new trucks, he offered to paint “Little Silver Bullet” on the back of my car, free of charge.  Of course I took him up on his offer, and thereafter I was known among CB enthusiasts and truckers as the Little Silver Bullet, or sometimes just Li’l Bullet for short.  Ahhh … the good ol’ days!  “10-4 good buddy — I got your six.”  Back in those days, the CB radio was to me what the internet is today!

This song by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band was released in 1980, the second single from the album of the same name.  Glenn Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles sang background vocals on this song.  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.  

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.”

Against the Wind
Bob Seger

Seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Janey was lovely she was the queen of my nights
There in darkness with the radio playin low
And the secrets that we shared, mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
Til there was nothin left to burn and nothin left to prove

And I remember what she said to me
How she swore that it never would end
I remember how she held me oh so tight
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

Against the wind
We were runnin against the wind
We were young and strong we were runnin against the wind

And the years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
Found myself further and further from my home and I
Guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was livin to run and runnin to live
Never worried about payin or even how much I owe

Movin’ eight miles a minute and for months at a time
Breakin all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searchin
Searchin for shelter again and again

Against the wind
Little somethin against the wind
I found myself seekin shelter against the wind

Well those drifters days are past me now
I’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind
I’m still runnin against the wind
I’m older now but still runnin against the wind

Well I’m older now but still runnin against the wind
Against the wind
Against the wind
Still runnin
Against the wind
Against the wind
Against the wind…

Songwriters: SEGER ROBERT CLARK
Against the Wind lyrics © Gear Publishing, Gear Publishing Company Inc, GEAR PUBLISHING CO., INC., HIDEOUT RECORDS/DISTRIBTRS INC (GEAR PUBLISHING DI, HIDEOUT RECORDS DIST. INC.

19 thoughts on “♫ Against The Wind ♫

  1. Such an awesome road song, lyrics relevant to this day esp “Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then”, that’s experience!
    I actually had the pleasure of meeting Mr Seger on the trail. A couple friends and I went hiking for the weekend several summers ago. We sectioned part of the AT (Appalachian Trail) in the White Mountains, NH. Off by a clearing we saw a man playing guitar, just sitting by the side of the trail. We stopped by to chat, and I didn’t recognize him at all. My friend goes whoaa ur Bob Seger!
    Turns out he had hurt his back and couldn’t move very well, playing guitar and talking to folks was the only way he found relief from the pain. We had lunch with him and chatted a bit. He said early in his singing career, he didn’t think much of it, wrote a few songs doing local gigs for fun. Thought he would make enough money to motorcycle across Europe and finally settle down with family and get a real job, lol. Who knew he would get so famous!
    He’s a really nice down to earth man, soft spoken and a real gentleman. A really good hugger as well. 🙂

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    • It may well be a Honda … I was going for a Subaru, but mostly just trying to get a small, silver hatchback. 🙂 I do name some other possessions, for example the vacuum is Big Bad Bertha, for she terrorizes the kitties. My latest teddy bear is Mel. My laptop is BD, short for Baby Dell. The washing machine has a few names, depending on my mood of the day 😉 I haven’t sensed any jealousy among them as yet, but if I do, I’ll have to referee. 😀

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    • I thought so, until people started raising their eyebrows and saying, “You name your WHAT???” I also name my vacuum cleaner and several other appliances. My laptop’s name is BD, short for Baby Dell.

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  2. Jill, we name our cars as well. My wife drives Miss Scarlett and I drive the Grey Goose. Thanks for doing this piece on Bob Seger. We saw him ten or so years ago and sat in the rafters. We felt like Bob Uecker in that beer commercial. It still was very entertaining.

    I appreciate greatly his pulling and tugging at the song lyric, which is the best one in the song. I am reminded of a few others songs where the lyrics are at odds with grammar. Steve Miller’s “Take the Money and Run,” is replete with word issues, but is a good story/ song. John Mellencamp sings of “Rockin’ in the USA,” but spells out Rock in the USA in the middle of the song, yet it is still a great tune.

    When you asked about artists, I love Seger’s work. He has many great songs. Tom Cruise’s “Risky Business” is hysterical when he does a Seger song – “Old time Rock and Roll.”

    Keith

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    • I am thrilled to find others who name their cars!!! My last car was Sadie Mae. I’m just about to buy a used Kia minivan from my neighbor Ali, and I have yet to come up with a name … I suppose I will need to drive it for a while to figure out if it’s a male or female before I name it! I love both Miss Scarlet and Grey Goose! You’ll hear more of Seger in a month or two … I like to keep it mixed up as much as I can. But I was grateful for your suggestions, for I was feeling like I had run out of ideas!

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