The Wayward WindWords & Music by Herb Newman & Stan Lebowsky
Recorded by Gogi Grant, 1956
Refrain: (A7) D G Oh, the wayward wind is a restless wind, D A7 A restless wind that yearns to wander, D D7 G Gm And I was born the next of kin D A7 D G D The next of kin to the wayward wind. A7 D G D In a lonely shack by a railroad track G D I spent my younger days, D G D And I guess the sound of the outward bound A7 D G D Made me a slave to its wand'rin' ways. Refrain: Oh, I met her there in a border town, I vowed we'd never part; Though I tried my best to settle down, She's now alone with a broken heart. Oh, the wayward wind is a restless wind, A restless wind that yearns to wander, And I was born the next of kin The next of kin to the wayward wind. Coda: D A7 D G D The next of kin to the wayward wind.
Though Grant had a number of other hits within just a few years of each other, few songs are more instantly identified with a particular singer than this song is with Gogi Grant. Mention her name around any music fan now, and the title of this song will be the first words uttered in reply.