With his classic “Seminole Wind,” John Anderson renders a richly imagistic song that transports a feeling of urgency and great loss without being sanctimonious or preachy. The song cries for the ruined environment caused by humans as they restructure it for economic gain. The track doesn’t only call for action but also honors the history with the events mentioned in the song’s storyline.
Ever since the days of old
Men would search for wealth untold
They’d dig for silver and for gold
And leave the empty holes
As evidenced by the growing problem of climate change, our world’s natural quality continues to degrade. Pollution cases worsen, and sickness that was never encountered before cause human life to deteriorate. All these were caused by the unending reconstruction operated now and then.
And way down south in the Everglades
Where the black water rolls and the saw grass waves
The eagles fly and the otters play
In the land of the Seminole
A Tribute to Florida
The second verse focuses on the draining of the Florida Everglades because of severe flooding. It also mentioned the Seminole war Chief Osceola. He was the one who bravely led the Seminole who lived there during the Second Seminole War also known as the Florida War. It was a conflict from 1835 to 1842 in Florida between the United States and various groups of Native Americans communally known as Seminoles. The war was viewed as “the longest and most costly of the Indian conflicts of the United States.”
So blow, blow Seminole wind
Blow like you’re never gonna blow again
I’m callin’ to you like a long-lost friend
But I know who you are
And blow, blow from the Okeechobee
All the way up to Micanopy
Blow across the home of the Seminole
The alligator and the gar
Through the song, John Anderson gives a tribute to his home state of Florida. When he recorded the song in 1992, he recalled how his record label worried that “Seminole Wind” wouldn’t sell outside Florida. However, when he debuted the song onstage in Seattle, he received a standing ovation. That was a sign it would soon be a universal hit.
Has “Real Country” become extinct?
In his interview with Rolling Stone Country in 2015, Anderson reflected on the state of country music today. He voiced his concern about the genre’s radical change. The sounds of the fiddle and steel guitar are replaced by electric noise and loud drums. He expressed:
“I’m really worried about my particular kind of country music becoming extinct. I’ve never really been a guy to stand up and go so much in one direction this way or that way, but this traditional country sound does mean a whole lot to me. It’s been my whole life.”
Has the sound of “real country” totally fade. Was it blown by the Seminole wind that will never gonna blow again?