Faithfully (song)

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Single by Journey
from the album Frontiers
B-side "Frontiers", "Back Talk"
Released April 16, 1983
Format 7"
Recorded 1982
Genre Rock
Length 4:24
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Jonathan Cain
Producer(s) Kevin Elson, Mike Stone
Journey singles chronology
"Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)"
"After the Fall"
Music videos
"Faithfully" on YouTube

"Faithfully" is a song by the band Journey, and the second single from their album Frontiers. The song is a power ballad and was written by Jonathan Cain. It peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving the band their second consecutive top twenty hit from Frontiers. While the song was relatively successful on the charts, it has gone on to become one of their most recognizable songs, and has enjoyed lasting popularity.

Song meaning[edit]

The song describes the relationship of a "music man" on the road. The difficulties of raising and maintaining a family, two strangers having to fall in love again, and staying faithful while touring are brought up. However, he suggests that he gets the "joy of rediscovering" her, and insists "I'm forever yours... Faithfully."

Journey keyboard player Jonathan Cain wrote this song about the rough relationship being a married man on the road in a Rock band. Cain and his wife divorced a few years later, despite him pledging in the song to be "forever yours... faithfully."

According to the liner notes in Journey's Time3 compilation, Cain paid tribute to road manager Pat Morrow and stage manager Benny Collins when he wrote "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.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video featured a then-unique "life on tour" theme parallel to the song's lyrics, showing the band's performances in different venues and their travels around the USA. Steve Perry can be seen shaving his short-lived but talked-about moustache in the video. This video utilized footage from the documentary video Journey: Frontiers and Beyond narrated by John Facenda, voice of NFL Films, shortly before his death in 1984. The concept of the "road video" was later utilized by several other bands & artists, including Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, Genesis, Mötley Crüe and Richard Marx.


Bryan Adams opened for Journey on their 1983 Frontiers Tour, and during that time wrote the song "Heaven", which was heavily influenced by "Faithfully". The "Heaven" recording features Journey drummer, Steve Smith.[2]

After recording the song "Purple Rain", Prince phoned Cain asking him to hear it, worried it might be too similar to "Faithfully". Cain did not agree and told Prince the songs only shared the same four chords.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 36
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 24

Cover versions[edit]

Appearances in other media[edit]


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