Song Lyric Sunday – Faithfully True

Welcome to another Song Lyric Sunday where we are challenged to find songs using he given prompt words. This week, blogger Lady A, has provided the prompts of ‘Devoted, Faithful, Honorable, Loyal and True’

I knew immediately that I wanted to pick “Faithfully” by Journey, released in 1983. It will likely be a popular choice today so I’m also including “True” by Spandau Ballet also released in 1983. I love both of these songs and I hope you enjoy them.

The Song

The lyrics for this song were inspired by a crush Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp had on Altered Images singer and Gregory’s Girl star Clare Grogan: “I was infatuated with Clare Grogan,” he told The Guardian. “I met her on Top of the Pops and, at one point, travelled up to Scotland to have tea with her and her mum and dad. Although my feelings were unrequited and the relationship was platonic, it was enough to trigger a song,”

Some phrases in the lyrics were adapted from the novel Lolita, a copy of which Clare Grogan had given Gary Kemp. “The lyrics are full of coded messages to Clare,” Kemp told The Guardian. “I’m still berated for the line ‘Take your seaside arms’ but it’s straight out of Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, which she had given me as a present – although in the book, it’s ‘seaside limbs. The line ‘With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue’ is also a bastardisation of Nabokov.”

One of the song’s producers, Tony Swain, recalls in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, “We made the True album in the Bahamas and I am sure that a lot of that place got into the album. True was not a complicated song but it has really got something. There is something timeless about it: it has had over 2 million radio plays in America and it has been used in the wedding scenes for lots of films. It’s very nice to have made a record that has lasted that long and I still feel good about it.”
This was a huge worldwide hit, going to #1 in 21 countries.

The video for this song helped its chart fortunes considerably. Directed by Russell Mulcahy, it got lots of airtime on MTV, which was just two years old at the time.

There was plenty of production value, but no real storyline in the video, which was intentional. Gary Kemp explained: “I didn’t want to dictate what ‘True’ should be like. I’m sure when people hear that record they’ve got their own idea of what it means and what it looks like. So we just performed it, and lit it well – shooting light through water and broken glass – and it worked.”

Gary Kemp wrote of the song on his website: “I wanted to write a soul song a la Al Green or Marvin Gaye. I still remember sitting on my bed at my parents’ house writing it on guitar and calling Martin (his brother and Spandau Ballet bass player) in to listen to it. It became a song about trying to write a love song to someone who didn’t know your true thoughts, but how difficult it is to spell out your feelings without seeming too foolish.”

“We never realized the full potential of this song until we started to record it at Compass Point. On the ECD’s home movie footage of Nassau you can see the moment where we’re playing back the song, half finished, in the studio, and everybody, including the roadies, are singing along to it. It was at that moment that I knew we had something special.”

The saxophone solo was by the band’s Steve Norman. He told The Guardian: “The solo is actually a composite of two takes. I’d only been playing a year and was listening to Grover Washington Jr’s ‘Just The Two Of Us’ with Bill Withers, over and over. The solo is a reply to that: at the key change things just lift off, giving the song a moment of elation.”

The Lyrics

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)

So true
Funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels, went toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be said

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

With a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound

Always slipping from my hands
Sand's a time of its own
Take your seaside arms and write the next line
I want the truth to be known

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
Ooh, I know this much is true

I know this much is true

I bought a ticket to the world
But now I've come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line?
I want the truth to be 
I want the truth to be said

(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true
(Ha-ha-ha, ha-ah-hi)
I know this much is true

I know this much is true

This much is a true

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh
This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

There's a thrill in my head and a pill on my tongue
Dissolve the nerves that have just begun
Listening to Marvin all night long

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

This is the sound

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

I bought a ticket to the world

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

I bought a ticket to the world

This much is true-ooh
This much is true-ooh-ooh

Writer/s: Gary James Kemp 
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Faithfully – The Song

Journey keyboard player Jonathan Cain wrote this song about the challenges of being a married man on the road in a rock band:

Always another show
Wondering where I am
Lost without you

At the time, he was married to his first wife, Tané, a singer who had a #37 hit in 1982 called “Holdin’ On,” which Jonathan co-wrote and produced. He and Tané divorced a few years later, despite him pledging in this song to be “forever yours… faithfully.”
In his Songfacts interview, Jonathan Cain said, “God gave me that song,” as he wrote it so quickly. “I started it on the bus heading to Saratoga Springs,” he said. “I woke up the next day with a napkin on the side of my nightstand and I looked at the lyrics, ‘Highway run into the midnight sun.’ Then I got this supernatural download: This is the rest of the song.

I wrote rest of it down, almost frantically. I’d never had a song come to me so quickly that it was anointed, supernatural. Literally, in 30 minutes I had written that song. I had the napkin in my pocket and I put it on the piano. I had a big grand piano there by the orchestra. I played through it and I thought, ‘Man, this is good.’

The Lord gave me permission to finish it. Normally I would go to Steve Perry or somebody and say, ‘Help me finish this song.’ No. God gave me the mind to finish it, and the rest is history. That would be a love song to God, absolutely.”
According to the liner notes in Journey’s Time3 compilation, Cain paid tribute to Journey road manager Pat Morrow and stage manager Benny Collins in the line, “We all need the clowns to make us smile.”

“He told me he got the melody out of a dream,” said Neal Schon. “I wish something like that would happen to me.”

“Basically it’s a road song,” Cain said. “You know I’m being a good dog out here – don’t worry about it.”
Like “Rosanna” by Toto, this contains lyrics delivered by the lead singer but written by another member of the band, which led many fans to believe Steve Perry wrote the song about a particular girl.
Journey’s first music video was for this song. At the time, finding a director for a video wasn’t easy, especially in America, so the band’s manager, Herbie Herbert, hired the guys from NFL Films to shoot footage of the band on the road and onstage. So the same guys who filmed Walter Payton scoring touchdowns also filmed Steve Perry shaving his mustache.

Journey hated making videos, but couldn’t ignore the promotional impact of MTV. The network favored acts like Journey at the time because they were trying to position themselves with a rock format.
The song was performed by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith in the first season finale of Glee, along with several other Journey songs in the same episode. In the week after the transmission of the episode, download sales of the Glee version were sufficient to return the song to the Top 40 of the Hot 100.
When he was young, Jonathan Cain wanted to be a priest. He attended the Our Lady of the Angels School in Chicago and survived the 1958 fire there that killed 95 people. He stepped away from his faith, and after going through turmoil with Journey and enduring two failed marriages, he had an epiphany on a road in Florida, where he found himself calling out to God.

He joined the New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, Florida, and in 2015 married its pastor, Paula White. In 2016 he released his first album of worship music, What God Wants to Hear. Looking back on “Faithfully,” he saw it in a different light. “If you take ‘Oh girl’ and you put ‘Oh God’ in there, you’ve got a Christian song,” he told Songfacts.

The Lyrics

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

Written by Jonathan Cain

Courtesy of Songfacts

  24 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday – Faithfully True

  1. aisasami
    September 19, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Two iconic songs from the 80s! Great choices!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 19, 2021 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Amy ☺️💕

  2. September 12, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Great info on Faithfully, thank you!💕 I knew it & True & Hopelessly Devoted would be popular choices and they’re all great songs!! I got to see Journey in late 86 or early 87… can’t remember exactly, just remember it was winter😂

    • Christine Bolton
      September 18, 2021 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks so much. I am happy you got to see Journey – I never did 😕

  3. September 12, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Love both these songs so much! I hear them on our radio oldies station every day, sometimes more than once. Never get tired of them. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      September 18, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Barbra. I never get tired of them either ☺️💕

  4. September 12, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    I chose this too Christine and published my post before I’d read your or any others that had also picked it!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 18, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      No worries Di. I think it’s fun when a lot of us choose the same song ☺️💕

  5. September 12, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Ah yes! I terrific twofer today Christine. Thanks for sharing!

    • Christine Bolton
      September 12, 2021 at 2:41 pm

      Aww thanks Jily ☺️💕 I’m happy you liked them. Very popular today 😂 LOL

  6. September 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

    You got me with Spandau Ballet love them! Then the second song knocked me for six , lovely 💜

    • Christine Bolton
      September 12, 2021 at 9:05 am

      Two popular choices today Willow! I’m happy you liked them ☺️💕👍 I can’t wait to see what everyone has picked today.

      • September 12, 2021 at 9:55 am

        Yes indeed, it’s always good isn’t it 💜

  7. September 12, 2021 at 5:15 am

    Journey is one of the greatest performers 🙂 Love most of their songs!
    And oh! We chose the same this week! <3

    • Christine Bolton
      September 12, 2021 at 9:00 am

      I knew it would happen! Good choice Janis ☺️💕

      • September 12, 2021 at 9:03 am

        <3

  8. September 12, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Okay, I also chose“True” by Spandau Ballet.” My post is scheduled to go live in about five hours. Would you believe I was also considering Journey’s “Faithfully”?

    • September 12, 2021 at 5:17 am

      My entry was also True and same — also thought about posting Faithfully by Journey <3

    • Christine Bolton
      September 12, 2021 at 8:59 am

      I think those two songs jump right out at you when you see those prompts. It was good to listen to them both again ☺️💕. I knew several of us would pick one or the other!

  9. September 11, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    The Spandau Ballet song is beautiful Christine and I hardly know anything about that group. i really enjoyed reading your post.

    • Christine Bolton
      September 11, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks Jim. It was an 80s week! ☺️

  10. September 11, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    I also thought about using “Faithfully.” Great choices! 🎶

    • Christine Bolton
      September 11, 2021 at 11:52 pm

      Thanks Paula! You still can ☺️❤️ Love Journey with or without Steve Perry.

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