♫ 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!  Another era, a different lifetime.

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…


31 thoughts on “♫ Against The Wind ♫

  1. I know i am using this term too much, but things like this song are for me iconic “American”. Its making good mood, shows freedom, and a world of peace. Thank you for sharing, Jill! Have a beautiful Friday! Michael

    Psst: You have to get back your freedom, and the “Land of the Free”. Here in Europe we will go back to the feudalistic system, that was the reason that in the past many had set out to colonize the new world. Michael

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    • Good words were meant to be used, just like fine wine is meant to be drunk! I’m so glad you enjoyed the song, Michael! I fear that if the Republicans are allowed to lie, cheat and steal their way back into power, we will quite soon find ourselves living in a land run by a dictator, one who panders only to the wealthy and to heck with all the rest of us. Some will say I’m being an alarmist, but I think I’m being a realist.

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      • For sure it could become a very worse situation, if the Republicans will not change their mind. But dont forget the situation in the surroundings, called EU. 😉 They all in the USA will need staying together, if useful preventing the EU to become a dictatorship. Thats at least my hope. xx

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        • I see great hope in the EU, though obviously I am a viewer from ‘cross the pond. I see the U.S. falling apart, not so much because the people are so divided, but because billionaires are now controlling so many of our elections and our laws, with no thought or empathy for the average person. Sigh. Actually, Michael, I see the whole world in chaos and cannot see a good ending anywhere, though I do keep hoping for one. Have a wonderful, sunny, warm weekend, my dear friend! xx


          • Let us hope that Europe will come to terms again. I don’t think so, and since Germany wants to be “the engine in Europe”, the whole EU will soon overheat. Germany always wants to be the teacher. That comes from the nobility, that still dominates here. But the so-called “Visegrad-Group” cannot offer this. Like France, they had finished with aristocratic matters. 😉 Have a beautiful weekend as well, Jill xx

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            • I always learn so much from you, Michael. I did realize that Germany seems to dominate the EU, but wasn’t aware, I think, to what extent. You have a beautiful weekend as well, Michael! xx

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              • I’m learning a lot from you too, Jill! I didn’t really know how politics in the US worked. 😉 I can be wrong, but Germany has benefited most from the EU for years. Now the EU Commission is headed by a German (Mrs. V.d. Leyen), and the EU Council by a German (Mrs. Barley).

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                • That is, in my book, one of the very best things about my blogging experience — the friends I’ve made. It almost feels like a family most days. And I’ve learned so much from you and friends in France, the UK, India, Ghana … it’s better than being back in college!

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                    • So true, my friend. I think I have almost forgotten how to have a face-to-face conversation! The only time I do so, other than here at home with the girls, is once a week when I buy groceries. I have a favourite cashier at my local grocery store, her name is Donna. She is such a sweet, kind lady and we always have several laughs together. She knows of my love for animals, and if I have forgotten to buy cat food, or peanuts for the squirrels, she will remind me. I think she’s the only person outside of immediate family that I converse with in person. Sigh. xx


  2. One of my all time favourites – it’s always great to hear this one again. I had a cassette of his ‘best of’ album permanently in the car in the early 90s, when I had a long drive to work, and I was word perfect on most of the songs! Bought it again on CD when I changed cars and got one with a CD player. THAT line will probably go down in musical history – it says so much, once you’ve worked it out. A brilliant choice for today, and you’ve given me a germ of an idea for next week’s Tuesday Tunes 😉

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      • Yes I could, I could have shot him before he decided to make his presidential run. Actually, I would have doused myself in alcohol and run him over a time or three. Smelling like that, they would not have bothered to take my blood alcohol. At trial I could prove I was not drunk, because if I drink alcohol I will end up in the ER. I am on a medication that reacts with alcohol. I tried it once, just to see what would happen. I blacked out and woke up in the hospital.

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          • Never said drinking, just pouring alcohol all over me to convince the cops I was rip-roaring drunk. And knowing in advance what Trump was going todo to the world, who knows what I would have been or not been capable of. Besides, I didn’t have to kill him, just maim him for life.
            Truth to be told, Jill, I have often thought it would be easier to kill a human being than a fly. The fly would have no idea why I ,idled it. The human being would, iand would understand why, even if not agreeing.

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    • I played it a couple of years ago, but I think it was when you were in the hopsital, so you probably didn’t see it. It’s one of my faves, but I guess it didn’t do well over on your side of the pond.

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