Sunday, January 16, 2011

Against the wind

Against the Wind

From the lyrics “Against the Wind” by Bob Seger, we can easily summarize it as something about life, the obstacles we will face from our youth to adult hood. There are three main verses which also tell us that there are 3 main stages in life. In the first verse, it is about the passion of youth. Everything was so full of promises and life until we looked back at it when we grow up, we felt stupid that we believed in all those fairy tales. It is obvious that the narrator was deeply in love with the girl named Janey and the passion between them made them never doubt reality. It is toward the end that the narrator “wished I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then” which shows that he is more mature now and is able to see realistically about life. The first verse ended with the chorus of running against the wind whereby he justified that it is alright for them to run against the forces of life because they were young and naïve. There is no guilt in wishing and believing something when youths are young and passionate. The second verse shows us that the narrator had moved on to the society in life. He found himself being neglected and lonely in the world full of strangers as he stepped into the real world. “There were oh so many roads” suggest that life had offered him many opportunities but he was not wise enough to choose which he should take. He just wanted to run free and wild without responsibility, “breaking all of the rules that would bend”. This verse shows how youth sees life, they want freedom from worries and responsibility yet in the end, they know that they have to search what they would eventually have to do with their life sooner or later. The second verse ended with the narrator “seeking shelter” as he feels the force of life. The third verse tells us that time had pass and people eventually change. The narrator is no longer a wild “cowboy” but had tamed himself and now holds responsibility in life. However, even though the narrator is now an adult, he still looked back at the times when he was able to run freely against the wind. He had experience life and holds no regrets.

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