"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. Glenn Frey and Don Henley of the Eagles sang background vocals on this song.
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.
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.