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Monday, August 30, 2010

SONGS I LIKE - AGAINST THE WIND (Bob Seger)

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

Bob Seger
As I went down the list of songs I've done looking for videos, I was amazed to see that I hadn't posted any Bob Seger yet. Seger's best known songs such as "Old Time Rock & Roll" aren't striking for their lyrical content, but many of his songs are. Seger wrote and sang and played his own music, and while its been a while since he's had a big hit, he really rolled them out with the Silver Bullet Band a a few decades ago.

Something interesting I noticed about Seger's lyrics is that they don't often sound like a poem. What I mean is that if you read them out loud in a conversational pattern, they just sound like some guy talking to you at a bar, a bit wistful and wry, thinking about what has happened in the past. The flow of words is never forced (no lyrics like "the life in which we live in") and nothing is contrived to rhyme.

"Against The Wind" (from the 1980 album of the same name) is an image of struggling harder than you normally would. Anyone who has run or bicycled knows that if you have the wind in your face, you have to try even harder just to get anywhere. Since the human body is wide and upright, we aren't very streamlined and we have to ram our way through the air.

This song is about the struggles in life, how they change from one era to the next, and as you age, the situations change but its still a tough go. Several of Bob Seger's songs are like this; studies of growing older and how life changes such as "Like A Rock." Sometimes it just seems like everything you do is a struggle, like you have to fight for every single inch of gain. Against The Wind.

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Janie was lovely, she was the queen of my nights
There in the darkness with the radio playing low
And the secrets that we shared
The mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
Till there was nothing left to burn and nothing 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 running against the wind
We were young and strong, we were running
Against the wind

And 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 searchin'
Searching for shelter again and again

Against the wind
A little something against the wind
I found myself seeking 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 running
Against the wind
Well I'm older now and I'm still running
Against the wind...

For as long as its up on YouTube, here's the song on video:


This is part of the Songs I Like series.

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