Journey


Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
Album: Frontiers,  Released: 1983


US Chart: 8

Here we stand
Worlds apart, hearts broken in two, two, two
Sleepless nights
Losing ground
I’m reaching for you, you, you

Feelin’ that it’s gone
Can change your mind
If we can’t go on
To survive the tide love divides

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you
How we touched
And went our separate ways
If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you
Though we touched
And went our separate ways

Troubled times
Caught between confusions and pain, pain, pain
Distant eyes
Promises we made were in vain, vain, vain

If you must go, I wish you love
You’ll never walk alone
Take care my love
Miss you love

(chorus twice)

I still love you girl
I really love you girl
And if he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
No, No

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and lead vocalist Steve Perry wrote this on the road during a period when two of the band members were going through painful divorces due to the stresses (and temptations) of life on the road. According to Journey’s Time3 compilation, with guitarist Neal Schon and bass player Ross Valory going through painful – and expensive – divorces, Perry and Cain thought there should be some way to dredge something positive out of such circumstances. “There’s got to be a more soulful way of looking at this,” Perry told his collaborator, Cain.

The pair worked out the tune in a hotel room using Cain’s little Casio keyboard and the entire band worked up the fresh song the next afternoon at sound check, inserting the party-finished song into the program that night. “I think he mumbled his way through half the lyrics,” said Cain, “but the audience just came unglued.” The song was sitting in the band’s pocket long before the beginning of sessions for the next album. Released as the first single off Frontiers, it zoomed up the charts to #8 immediately on release in February 1983.

This is one of my favorite journey songs. It’s really emotional and the tune is awesome. You can actually feel what the band members are going through. A moving song really, and it’s great live. When it’s live you feel like you’re there.- Mercedies, Soldotna, AK (Songfacts)

 

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