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A woman walks with her dog by cars stuck northbound lanes Lake Shore Drive near North Avenue after they were

A woman walks with her dog by cars stuck in the northbound lanes of Lake Shore Drive near North Avenue after they were trapped by snow in Chicago, IL on Wednesday February 2, 2011 | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 21, 2012 10:03AM



When all the cars got stuck last week on Lake Shore Drive, Skip Haynes’ phone started ringing.

Chicagoans will remember that back in 1971, Haynes had a hit with his song “Lake Shore Drive,” recorded by the Chicago trio, Aliotta-Haynes-Jeremiah. Now, his friends thought he should update it.

“I thought if I can do this in 30 minutes, I’ll do it,” said Haynes, 63. “It came out pretty fast. Apparently, it’s making people smile.”

The song, “Snowed on LSD,” is a funny lament about getting stuck in the storm. It was written in Los Angeles, where Haynes lives, a refugee from Chicago winters. But last Wednesday when he wrote the song, he says the temperature wasn’t cooperating.

“It was in the mid-40s,” Haynes said, laughing. “I could certainly get in the mood.”

He says the original song was actually written in the winter after a snowy 4 a.m. drive down Lake Shore Drive.

“But that song is a springtime song for the first time you put the top down on the convertible,” he said. “Watching the news reports last week, I saw a very different Lake Shore Drive experience.”

The song can be purchased on Haynes’ website, lakeshoredrivemusic.com.



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