About Faithfully

"Faithfully" is a song by American rock band Journey, and the second single from their album Frontiers. The song was written by keyboardist Jonathan Cain. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the band their second consecutive top-twenty hit from Frontiers. Despite featuring no chorus, it has gone on to become one of the band's most recognizable hits and has enjoyed lasting popularity. In a Classic Rock article, "Faithfully" was called the greatest power ballad ever recorded.  


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Highway run
Into the midnight sun
Wheels go round and round
You're on my mind
Restless hearts
Sleep alone tonight
Sendin' all my love
Along the wire

They say that the road
Ain't no place to start a family
Right down the line
It's been you and me
And lovin' a music man
Ain't always what it's supposed to be

Oh girl you stand by me
I'm forever yours, faithfully

Circus life
Under the big top world
We all need the clowns
To make us smile
Through space and time
Always another show
Wondering where I am
Lost without you

And being apart ain't easy on this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy
Of rediscovering you
Oh girl, you stand by me
I'm forever yours, faithfully

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Faithfully, I'm still yours
I'm forever yours
Ever yours, faithfully

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Journey is an American rock band formed in 1973 in San Francisco by former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987, after which it temporarily disbanded. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including 1981's "Don't Stop Believin'", which became in 2009 the top-selling catalog track in iTunes history. Its parent studio album, Escape, the band's eighth and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another of their most popular singles, "Open Arms". Its 1983 follow-up, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band's ap… more »

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Written by: Jonathan Cain

Lyrics © Wixen Music Publishing, HIPGNOSIS SONGS GROUP

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10 facts about this song

Album Classification
"Faithfully" is one of the hit songs from Journey's ninth studio album, "Frontiers", which was released in February 1983.
Songwriting Origin
The song was written by Jonathan Cain, the band's keyboardist. He composed the song's melody on a makeshift workstation (using a grand piano and a drum machine) in a tour bus while Journey was on the road.
Lyrics Inspiration
The lyrics of "Faithfully" were inspired by the challenges Jonathan Cain and his band members faced to maintain romantic relationships whilst being constantly on tour.
Music Video Prowess
"Faithfully" is also known for its music video which was an authentic depiction of life on tour. It became one of the first 'rock videos' to gain heavy airplay on MTV.
Chart Performance
Although "Faithfully" didn't top the charts in the US, it peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in July 1983. The song, however, remains one of Journey's most popular and enduring hits, still getting substantial airplay on classic rock radio stations.
Distinctive Vocals
Steve Perry's emotive vocals on "Faithfully" contributed significantly to the song's popularity, making it one of Journey's signature songs.
Cultural Influence
The song has been covered several times by different artists across various genres. It has also been featured in numerous television shows and movies, including 'Family Guy,' 'Glee,' and the finale of 'The Sopranos,' showcasing its enduring popularity and cultural impact.
Band's Reaction
Interestingly, the band members were initially unsure about including "Faithfully" on the "Frontiers" album. But upon hearing the final version, they were all deeply moved and agreed it needed to be a part of the album.
Concert Staple
"Faithfully" has remained a constant in Journey's concert setlists, evidenced by its inclusion in multiple live releases by the band. The power ballad has become a fan favorite and is often sung along by audiences during live performances.
Emotional Resonance
"Faithfully" has often been cited by fans as one of the most moving love songs of the '80s that beautifully captures the struggles and joys of maintaining a long-distance relationship.

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