Don’t Stop Believin’

November 9, 2021

Today’s song is the classic rock hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” by the stadium rock band Journey.

Fun Facts

  • Journey formed in 1973 in San Francisco, California, making their origin story part of the countercultural movement.
  • The band was formed by former members of other Bay Area bands such as Santana and the Steve Miller Band.
  • Journey was one of the U.S.’s premier stadium rock bands from the seventies. These venues saw bands such as Journey perform in front of tens of thousands of outdoor fans.
  • The band’s most successful years were from 1978 to 1987, when Steve Perry was the lead singer.
  • Journey’s discography includes 14 studio albums, 4 live albums, and 8 compilation albums.
  • Escape, Journey’s seventh album was the most successful as it hit number 1 on the Billboard charts.
  • The title for “Don’t Stop Believin'” comes from a conversation brand new band member Jonathan Cain had with his father about a loan. His father told him, “don’t stop believing in his dreams.” The dutiful lyricist wrote the words in his notebook, and the rest is history.
  • In 2005, “Don’t Stop Believin'” enjoyed a top 3 iTunes download spot.
  • Journey has 25 platinum and gold albums and 19 U.S. Top 40 Billboard singles

Lyrics:

(LyricFind)

Just a small-town girl

Livin’ in a lonely world

She took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

Just a city boy

Born and raised in South Detroit

He took the midnight train goin’ anywhere

A singer in a smoky room

The smell of wine and cheap perfume

For a smile they can share the night

It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers, waitin’

Up and down the boulevard

Their shadows

Searchin’ in the night

Streetlights, people

Livin’ just to find emotion

Hidin’ somewhere in the night

Workin’ hard to get my fill

Everybody wants a thrill

Payin’ anything to roll the dice

Just one more time

Some will win

Some will lose

Some were born to sing the blues

Oh, the movie never ends

It goes on and on, and on, and on

Strangers waitin’

Up and down the boulevard

Their shadows

Searchin’ in the night

Streetlights, people

Livin’ just to find emotion

Hidin’ somewhere in the night

Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to that feelin’

Streetlight, people

Don’t stop, believin’

Hold on

Streetlights, people

Don’t stop believin’

Hold on to that feelin’

Streetlight, people

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