Song of the Day: Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by Journey

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Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)” is a song by Journey from their album Frontiers and released as a single on January 5, 1983.

Lyrics:

Here we stand
Worlds apart, hearts broken in two, two, two
Sleepless nights, losing ground
I’m reachin’ for you, you, you

Feelin’ that it’s gone
Can change your mind
If we can’t go on
To survive the tide love divides

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you
How we touched and went our separate ways
If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you
Though we touched and went our separate ways

Troubled times
Caught between confusion and pain, pain, pain
Distant eyes
Promises we made were in vain, in vain, vain

If you must go, I wish you love
You’ll never walk alone
Take care my love
Miss you love

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you
How we touched and went our separate ways
If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you
Though we touched and went our separate ways

Someday love will find you
Break those chains that bind you
One night will remind you
If he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
You know I still love you

I still love you girl
I really love you girl
And if he ever hurts you
True love won’t desert you
No, no

……

Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain and lead vocalist Steve Perry wrote this on the road during a period when two of the band members were going through painful divorces due to the stresses (and temptations) of life on the road. According to Journey’s Time3 compilation, with guitarist Neal Schon and bass player Ross Valory going through painful – and expensive – divorces, Perry and Cain thought there should be some way to dredge something positive out of such circumstances. “There’s got to be a more soulful way of looking at this,” Perry told his collaborator, Cain. The pair worked out the tune in a hotel room using Cain’s little Casio keyboard and the entire band worked up the fresh song the next afternoon at sound check, inserting the party-finished song into the program that night. “I think he mumbled his way through half the lyrics,” said Cain, “but the audience just came unglued.” The song was sitting in the band’s pocket long before the beginning of sessions for the next album. Released as the first single off Frontiers, it zoomed up the charts to #8 immediately on release in February 1983. (songfacts.com)

Schon says the song is, like many other songs by the band, “Motown mixed with R&B and blues … that’s pretty much where ‘Separate Ways’ is coming from. It’s got a heavier guitar than an R&B song, but I think that’s what makes it sound like Journey.” Cain said the same thing in 1983: “We wanted to write something rhythmic and still have a strong and haunting melody. We needed a main rhythm to run through the synthesizer and Steve Smith designed that kind of drum beat to let everything breathe. It’s really a throwback to all of our roots and the Motown sound. Steve [Perry] has always listened to a lot of Motown records, songs with a strong chorus approach. Songs that were real urgent sounding, but still had rhythm and melody.”

When MTV launched in 1981, the race was on to come up with unusual concepts for music videos. Journey staked their claim with the first ever “air band” video. That’s right, the group played pretend instruments for much of the clip.

Cover versions

  • A duet version was performed by Rex Smith and Laura Branigan on a March 1983 episode of Solid Gold.
  • In 1999, former Helloween guitarist Roland Grapow included a cover of the song as a bonus track for the Asian version of his solo album Kaleidoscope.
  • In 2000, Japanese rock band Cocobat featured a cover of the song on their album Arana.
  • In 2007, Brazilian heavy metal vocalist Andre Matos covered the song for his debut solo album Time to Be Free.
  • In 2009, Finnish heavy metal band Warmen covered the song on their album Japanese Hospitality.
  • In 2010, a cover of the song by post-hardcore band A Skylit Drive was included on the compilation Punk Goes Classic Rock.
  • In 2011, American progressive metal band Across The Sun released a cover of the song.
  • In 2011, American gothic metal band We Are the Fallen performed a cover of this song at the Cirque Des Damnés concert at the Avalon Theater.
  • In 2012, English metalcore band Asking Alexandria released a cover of the song for their Under the Influence: A Tribute to the Legends of Hard Rock EP
  • In 2013, American symphonic metal Oklahoma City-based band Angelical Tears covered the song for their album The Eleventh Hour .
  • In 2013, American electronic musician Glass Heart released a cover of the song on his EP “Plume”.

Also the American Christian rock band Blessed By a Broken Heart made a cover of this song with their previous vocalist Tony Gambino.

  • In 2014, American rock band Rites of Ash released a cover of the song as a single. The band also created a shot-for-shot remake of the original 1983 music video.
  • American Idol winner David Cook has performed a cover of this song while touring since 2014.

Appearances in other media

  • The song plays in the twenty-first episode of the first season of American teen drama The O.C., entitled “The Goodbye Girl”, as Ryan, a big Journey fan, insists Seth not change the song as it plays in the car.
  • In episode 705 of the movie-mocking series Mystery Science Theater 3000, Tom Servo sings the lyrics to the song during the end credits of the movie Escape 2000. Servo and Crow T. Robot also sing the lyrics to the song during the end credits of Space Mutiny (Episode 820).
  • This song was used in the 2010 Disney film Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 Academy Award-nominated film Tron
  • This song also appears as the mobile phone ringtone of Carl Allen, the main character in the 2008 film Yes Man, and play in the background of the Ducati scene.
  • In 2012, the web series Game Grumps in the episode “Gonna Need a Montage” featured a sped up version of the song as part of a montage.

Journey

Origin San Francisco, California, U.S.
Genres
  • Rock
  • progressive rock
  • hard rock
  • jazz fusion
  • pop rock
Years active 1973–present
Labels Columbia, Frontiers, Sanctuary, Nomota LLC
Associated acts Abraxas Pool, Bad English,Frumious Bandersnatch,Hardline, Santana, Schon & Hammer, Soul SirkUS, The Storm,Vital Information
Website www.journeymusic.com
Members Neal Schon
Ross Valory
Steve Smith
Jonathan Cain
Arnel Pineda
Past members George Tickner
Robert Fleischman
Aynsley Dunbar
Gregg Rolie
Randy Jackson
Steve Perry
Steve Augeri
Deen Castronovo

image from Separate Ways Print By Alex Hardie

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