John Anderson’s Seminole Wind: A Florida Classic

By: Gary McKechnie

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There have been hundreds, no, maybe thousands, of songs written about Florida. But the one that comes back to me – the one whose lyrics and melody haunts me – is Seminole Wind.

Written and recorded by Apopka native John Anderson in 1992, it captures the spirit of the Seminole Indians’ struggles past and present and, to me, truly captures the image of Old Florida and the challenges it faces.

But that’s not just my opinion; it’s one shared by a well-known fan James Taylor, who covered this song.

If you haven’t seen the video, you can watch it here. In the meantime, consider the lyrics written by Apopka’s native son…

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 calling 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 alligators and the gar

And 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 going dry

And the last time I walked in the swamp
I sat upon a cypress stump
I listened close and I heard the ghost
Of Osceola cry

So blow, blow Seminole wind
Blow like you're never gonna blow again
I'm calling 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 alligators and the gar.

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