This week Jim Adams has prompted us with choosing a song pertaining to Breeze | Cloud | Sky | Wind for this week’s Song Lyric Sunday. I chose “Seminole Wind” by John Anderson.
John Anderson is an American country music singer-songwriter from Apopka, Florida. A true Floridian who wrote a song filled with imagination and truth in his native land. The lyrics take us on a journey of the destruction of natural habitat, financial gain, the devastation of the Seminole Indian people and progress. The music video features a large group of Seminole Indian tribes performing with Anderson beside a campfire. Anderson had to get permission from the tribes’ masters before filming could begin on their land.
“Seminole Wind” is a song close to my heart. It was released on August 10, 1992. A few days later, a tropical wave moved off the coast of Africa on August 14th that would eventually be one of the largest hurricanes to hit the United States. On August 24th, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in south Florida as a powerful Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph and gusts as high as 174 mph. It is the most destructive hurricane to ever hit Florida in relation to structural damage when it flattened homes from their concrete foundations in Homestead, Florida in, then Dade County. The area is now known as Miami-Dade County. Andrew destroyed over 63,500 houses, damaged more than 124,000 others, cost over $27.3 billion in damage, and killed 63 people.
When Hurricane Andrew devastated south Florida, I was on bedrest (10 weeks at this point) with my third child after multiple times in early labor. I was hooked up to an IV and had to monitor my contractions twice a day, sometimes more. We lived in Brandon, Florida near Tampa at the time and I watched this all unfold on television. It caused a lot of stress as we were not sure if it would pass through the state closer to Tampa. Lucky for us, we got some tropical conditions, but nothing earth shattering and my condition didn’t get any worse.
On September 17, 1992, I went into labor again, only 3 weeks from my due date at this point so the doctor’s let me go into labor. After 7 hours, I was wheeled into the delivery room. I had an epidural so I was awake and wasn’t in much pain. Upon entering the sterile room, there was a radio playing country music in the background. My doctor asked me if I wanted it turned off. “Not a chance”, I said. At the moment my daughter, Kaela was born, “Seminole Wind” was playing on the radio. She is the only native Floridian in our family and I’ve always believed it was a sign. She blew into our lives the day before my 27th birthday.
In 2016, “Seminole Wind” was re-issued on a project called Country Grass on Pinecastle Records by the Bluegrass performer Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. John Anderson sang the vocals for the release.
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 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 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 Progress came and took its toll And in the name of flood control They made their plans and they drained the land Now the Glades are goin' dry And the last time I walked in the swamp I stood up on a cyprus stump I listened close and I heard the ghost Of Oseola cry 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 Source: LyricFind Songwriters: John David Anderson Seminole Wind lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group