Wheel in the Sky

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"Wheel in the Sky"
Single by Journey
from the album Infinity
B-side "Can Do"
Released April 8, 1978
Format 7" single
Recorded 1977
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:31 (single)
4:12 (album)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Robert Fleischman, Neal Schon, Diane Valory
Producer(s) Roy Thomas Baker
Journey singles chronology
"Wheel in the Sky"
"Wheel In The Sky"

"Wheel in the Sky" is a song by the American rock band Journey, recorded in 1977 and included on their fourth studio album, Infinity. It was written and composed by Robert Fleischman, Neal Schon and Diane Valory.

At the time of the song's composition, the band had decided to follow a new direction into an edgier sound and began recording simple hard rock pieces with new lead vocalist Fleischman, who was replaced by Steve Perry by the time work on Infinity began in earnest.

"Wheel In The Sky" reached #57 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978, becoming Journey's first song to chart on the Hot 100, and also reached #45 on the Canadian RPM 100.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 57
Canadian RPM 100 45


The song opens with a short instrumental that lasts for 28 seconds. Perry then sings the first verse, which is followed by the chorus, and the second verse with the chorus repeated once again. Neal Schon joins the song with a guitar solo which is filled with Perry's vocals, which can be briefly heard in the background. Finally, the chorus is repeated four times before the short outro that closes the song.

Lyrics content[edit]

The song's lyrics are sung from the point of view of a man trying to return to his home, hoping to reunite with a onetime lover who had scorned him by the time he finishes his travels; of his travels, he complains, "I can't take this very much longer."

The video can be found on the infomercial for "The Heart of Classic Rock."

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song can be heard blaring in the background of the closing scene of HBO's The Sopranos season 2, episode 23 "Bust Out."
  • It also plays in the third episode of the second season of Supernatural.
  • Klaus sings the song on a mix tape in "Stan's Best Friend," an episode of American Dad!
  • The song was mentioned in the Glee episode "The Hurt Locker, Part One," but it was never actually sung in that episode by any of the show's cast members.




1.^ The wheel in the sky can also be equated with the wheel Ezekiel is described as having seen in the Old Testament book about him.[citation needed]