Long, Long Way from Home

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"Long, Long Way From Home"
Foreigner - Long-Long Way From Home b-w The Damage Is Done (1977).JPG
Single by Foreigner
from the album Foreigner
B-side"The Damage Is Done"
ReleasedNovember 1977
Recordedlate 1976
GenreHard rock
Length2:45 (single)
2:53 (album)
Songwriter(s)Mick Jones, Lou Gramm, Ian McDonald
Producer(s)Gary Lyons, John Sinclair
Foreigner singles chronology
"Cold as Ice"
"Long, Long Way From Home"
"Hot Blooded"

"Long, Long Way from Home" is a song written by Mick Jones, Lou Gramm & Ian McDonald that was initially released on Foreigner's debut album. It was the third single taken from the album. The lyrics refer to a person leaving a small town to try to succeed in New York City ("I left a small town for the apple in decay") and the loneliness he feels there.[1] According to Gramm, the lyrics are autobiographical, reflecting his experience moving from Rochester to New York City.[1][2][3] Gramm and Jones have stated that this was the first song they worked on together.[2][3] The song features a clavinet. The single was released in November 1977. It reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.[4][2] It was also a hit in Canada, reaching #22. Rivadavia rated it as Foreigner's 2nd most underrated song.[1] Music author Kent Hartman described the song as an "anthem-like FM favorite."[5] Co-writer Jones has rated it as one his favorite Foreigner songs.[3]


  • The song was featured in the 13th episode of Supernatural's 4th season, and the 2nd episode of its 5th season.


  1. ^ a b c Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Top 10 Underrated Foreigner songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  2. ^ a b c Gramm, Lou (2013). Juke Box Hero: My Five Decades in Rock 'n' Roll. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781623682057.
  3. ^ a b c "Mick Jones' 11 Favourite Foreigner Songs". Classic Rock. Louder Sound. April 26, 2017. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  4. ^ "Hot 100". Billboard. February 18, 1978. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  5. ^ Hartman, Kent (2017). Goodnight, L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock--The Untold Story from inside the Legendary Recording Studios. Da Capo Press. ISBN 9780306824388.

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