Against the Wind (Bob Seger song)

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"Against the Wind"
AgainsttheWind.jpg
Single by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
from the album Against the Wind
B-side "No Man's Land"
Released April 1980
Format 7" vinyl
Length 5:34 (album version)
3:45 (single version)
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band singles chronology
"Fire Lake"
(1980)
"Against the Wind"
(1980)
"You'll Accomp'ny Me"
(1980)

"Fire Lake"
(1980)
"Against the Wind"
(1980)
"You'll Accomp'ny Me"
(1980)
Alternative cover
German cover
German cover

"Against the Wind" is a song by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band from the 1980 album Against the Wind. Released as the second single from the album, it peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] Glenn Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles sang background vocals on this song.

Background and writing[edit]

During an interview on WWFX, "100 FM The Pike", Bob Seger said that "Against the Wind" came about from his days as a high-school cross country runner. The line "Let the cowboys ride!" towards the song's end is a reference to the closing lyrics of the song "Santa Fe/Beautiful Obsession" by Van Morrison.

Seger later said that the line "Wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then" bothered him for a while, but that everyone he knew loved it, so he left it in. He also said that it has since appeared in several other hits by other artists, so that proved it was an acceptable lyric.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1999, Brooks & Dunn covered this song on the television soundtrack to King of the Hill. This version peaked at number 55 on the Hot Country Songs charts based on unsolicited airplay.

The song was also covered by The Highwaymen on their debut album.

In 1978, two years before the US release, the song was covered (translated to Spanish under the title "Contra el viento") by Argentine rock band Plus on their second album Melancolica Muchacha.[5]

The Hold Steady released a their version of the song on their 2007 Stuck Between Stations EP.

  • Garth Brooks for the 2013 Classic Rock album in the Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences compilation.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was played in the movie Forrest Gump, where Forrest was running across the country.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Pop Songs: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 218. 
  2. ^ Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Greatest Hits, CD sleeve.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  4. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1980)". RPM. Retrieved 2017-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Melancólica muchacha". rock.com.ar. 
  6. ^ "Forrest Gump - Run Scene". YouTube. August 29, 2012. 

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