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New ‘Lake Shore Drive’ Song Inspired By Blizzard

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Abandoned cars on Lake Shore Drive. (Credit: CBS)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/WBBM) – News reports of snow-bound Chicago inspired a remake of the nearly 40-year-old hit song “Lake Shore Drive.”

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mike Krauser reports, “Lake Shore Drive” was released back in 1971 by the Chicago trio of Mitch Aliotta, Skip Haynes and John Jeremiah, known professionally as Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah.

The original song was written by Haynes after an early-morning winter drive the Outer Drive, looking forward to spring.

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It makes reference to “concrete mountains rearing up” and “water on the driving side,” and a dated reference to “pretty blue lights along the way” from back before orange sodium-vapor streetlights took their place.

But you won’t hear anything about blizzards or 12-hour delays, which characterized Lake Shore Drive last week for some motorist who would not have agreed that “there ain’t no finer place to be.”

Haynes lives in Los Angeles now.

He says friends started calling after seeing news reports of the blizzard, suggesting a remake. So he took them up on the idea.

Using the original accompaniment track, the new song is called, “Snowed on LSD.”

“I should have filled the tank before I left. I would have if I knew,” a refrain in the new song goes.

Hear the song here, from 93XRT.

Haynes is peddling the remake online, along with personalized versions for a price.

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