Journey songs written entirely by Steve Perry and Neal Schon
As you know I ship Steve and Neal. They were besties and they love(d) each other (even though Steve tend to just go with the “we never got along take” a lot of times) I want to explore what songs they have written together without input. Some songs like “Patiently” and “Lights” are a given, but I will go through every album and list them up in chronological order. I will also include some key lyrics, what I think is the best part of the lyric/song. As you might notice from “Escape” onwards there isn’t a single song that’s written just by the two of them; that’s because Jon Cain has a writing credit on every single song. Yes, he also ruined Neal and Steve’s partnership, I hate him. I’ve added the spotify link to every song in the title if you want a listen. Lets begin, and enjoy!
- “Lights” This is one of the first songs along with “Patiently” that Steve and Neal wrote together and finished within a couple of hours of hanging out. Steve had originally written it about L.A sinc he had been living there for awhile, but L.A became “by the bay” because as you might know Journey was based in San Fransisco and considered it their home. When they played it live Steve introduced as a song about their home town (even though as you know he wasn’t from there.) The song doesn’t contain a lot of lyrics, but it has what it needs and the melody are really good. Today it’s considered as an anthem to San Fransisco. Key lyrics:
“So you think you're lonely
Well, my friend, I'm lonely too
I want to get back to my City by the bay
Oh, oh, oh “
- “Patiently” as written above this was one of the first songs Steve and Neal wrote together, the absolute first infact. As “Lights” this song doesn’t contain alot of lyrics, but with a good melody, some guitar parts and breaks it is very beautiful. Key lyrics:
“Here we stand so patiently
For your song inside of me
For your lights to shine on me
This we bring to you”
- “Somethin’ To Hide” This song, this song. You won’t believe how high Steve Perry sings until you hear it, the part by the end, it is, the only thing I can say is wow! This song is about a girl hiding something from the boy, what it is, we don’t know. Key lyrics:
“You've got somethin' to hide
That you're not telling me
You got somethin' to hide
And I know”
- “Majestic” This is just an intro and doesn’t contain any lyrics. It’s quite a short intro, but it’s good all the same.
- “Too Late” As I know Steve and Neal wrote this about a friend of Steve who had a drug problem. So far this is the song that contains the most lyrics, although “Too Late” is repeated often. Key lyrics:
“Yes, it's time to make the change, yes, it's time to rearrange,
So, my friend, I join the fight for the things you know are right.
Oh, you got to leave this town before it's
Too late, too late, too late, too late, too late”
- “When You’re Alone (It Ain’t Easy)” - This song was also on my masterlist of sex mentions in their lyrics. As it turns out Neal and Steve wrote many of those together, ain’t that hot. Key lyrics:
“Oo, it ain't always easy,
Movin' day to day,
Oh, how the girl loves to tease me,
So I'm gonna stay.”
- “Any Way You Want It” - Also on the sex mentions list. It has been stated that this song was written about an encounter with a groupie. Sadly we don’t have much information on it because none of of them has talked openly about their extensive time with groupies. This song is hot, it really is. Key lyrics:
“She loves to laugh
She loves to sing
She does everything
She loves to move
She loves to groove
She loves the lovin' things “
- “Precious Time” - This song is about seizing the moment and to be grateful about the time you have. It is quite beautiful. Key lyrics:
“See the line of sight in side your mind,
but from where I don't know.
And the tales that are left behind,
Left for all to grow.
Oh, precious time placed it's hand on me;
Oh, precious time, how it rescued me.
Oh, how it rescued me, how it rescued me.“
“Where Were You” - as mentioned in the previous list, this song makes me really uncomfortable. It’s about (Steve’s) girlfriend cheating and well, being a hoe “You been runnin' 'round loose on the side.” They have packed it in as they do, but you still get the picture. He doesn’t seem to mind because after all he has a good eye for her sister anyway. I have no idea how they thought this was a good idea to write at all or how they came up with that. It also seems to be about a girl still in school and it’s icky. Key lyrics:
“Where were you
When I wanted you to love me through the night?
Where were you
When I wanted you to love and hold me tight?
Where were you, little darlin'
When you said to pick you up after school?
I know where, little lady,
'cause my mama didn't raise no fool”
- “Line of Fire” Steve namedrops himself, as he has done a few times. This is about a shooting, well because the guy thought she was cheating. Key lyrics:
“It was a hot and steamy night,
Then Frankie pulled his gun in sight.
He said, "Now Suzi, don't you lie.
Did Stevie, did he catch you with another guy?"
Standing in the line of fire it's gonna shoot ya.
Standing in the line of fire it's comin' to ya,
It's goin' through ya.He told her that he had been true,
And that he'd never made her blue, no.
So don't go sayin' Stevie's a liar,
Girl, I've got my finder on a hair-trigger wire.”
- “Stay Awhile” - A sweet tune about a guy wanting the woman to stay with him for awhile, it’s cute. Key lyric:
“I'd sing any song your heart desires.
I would sing out loud of love's sweet fires.
Oo, I'd do all this and so much more.
If you'll just stay with me awhile”
- “Dixie Highway” - The sex song of all Journey’s sex songs. It is quite hot, I can only imagine the steam in the room when they were writing this. Also Steve namedrops himself yet again, hey sex. Will choose another part of the lyric than I did the last time. Key lyric:
“She said, That's quite all right
I think I'll spend the night
And I want to hold you, Stevie
I want to hold you tight
We'll rock the night away down by the Dixie Highway
Down by the Dixie Highway”
Conclusion: If you want to listen to some Steve and Neal magic their first three albums together and one song on “Captured” is the way to go. “Departure”, besides having the most sex songs is also the album with the most songs only written by the two of them, 5 songs on that album, after that Jon Cain comes in and ruins it all, like he did with most things. Total score of songs written by the two of them is 12, I haven’t looked at the soundtrack for “Dream After Dream” as it’s hard to find any info about, but that one might add a few more.