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The Heart of Rock and Soul

Dave Marsh, 1989

67 THE WIND, Nolan Strong and the Diablos
Produced by Jack and Devora Brown; written by Nolan Strong and the Diablos
Fortune 511 - 1954
Did not make pop charts

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A guitar and bass chime the intro with Twilight Zone melodrama, and then the bass voice announces "Wind, wind - blow, wind." A falsetto trills wordless notes over the top. At last an unbelievably high, slightly quavering male voice begins, measuring the cadence like a man conserving heartbeats:
When the cool summer breeze sends a chill down my spine
When I long for my love's sweet caress
I know she has gone but my love lingers on
In a dream that the winds bring to me.
After the second verse, the music begins to drop out until all that's left is the bass chanting "Wind, wind" underneath the corniest recitation you've ever heard. Strong speaks in a surreally wimpy voice that nevertheless possesses a certain kind of power. "Darling, when a star falls, I want you to remember," Nolan Strong declares. "And darling, when I see lovers making love, then, I long for you."
"The Wind," in other words, is a prophecy of Michael Jackson twenty years before he came along. If it had arrived in a meteorite shower, and there are times when you swear it should have, it couldn't be any spookier.

Nolan Strong and the Diablos - The Wind - the lyrics
Wind wind blow oooooh oooh blow wind wind 

When the cool summer breeze sends a chill down my spine 
Then I long for my love's sweet caress
I know she has gone but my love lingers on 
In a dream that the winds bring to me 

I remember as we kissed in the cool summer breeze 
As she lay warm and tender in my arms 

Darlin, when a star falls I wish for you; 
And darlin', when I see lovers making love then I long for you ... 
And when  .......................................  the mountains and the valleys, 
Then darlin I look for you; 
And even until the heavens above can no longer exist, 
Even until then shall I still love you. 

I know she has gone but my love lingers on 
In a dream that the winds bring to me. 
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From "The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made", by Dave Marsh, 1989.
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