Song of the Day #4,345: ‘I Still Believe (Great Design)’ – The Call

The Call released a third album, Scene Beyond Dreams, in 1984 and then split from their label over a legal disagreement. They signed with Elektra Records and released 1986’s Reconciled, an album considered their best by many fans.

Both albums have themes consistent with lead singer Michael Been’s Christian faith, though The Call is not typically claimed as a Christian band. They fall more in the category of U2, a band that weaves explorations of faith into their secular music.

Reconciled featured appearances by Peter Gabriel, Robbie Robertson, and Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr. Robertson’s fellow member of The Band, Garth Hudson, played keyboards on the record, as he had on The Call’s first two releases. The Call was one of those bands that had almost as many fans within the industry as it did in the real world.

Today’s track is one of the band’s best-known and best-loved releases, a brilliant piece of rock songwriting.

My only exposure to this song until recently was the cover version performed by a shirtless, slick, saxophone-playing Tim Cappello in The Lost Boys. I always liked the track despite the ridiculousness of its presentation in that movie, but I had no idea it was a cover.

The original version is sublime, even without the half-dressed saxophonist.

[Verse 1]
I been in a cave
For forty days
Only a spark
To light my way
I wanna give out
I wanna give in
This is our crime
This is our sin

But I still believe
I still believe
Through the pain
And the grief
Through the lies
Through the storms
Through the cries
And through the wars

Oh, I still believe

[Verse 2]
Flat on my back
Out at sea
Hopin’ these waves
Don’t cover me
I’m turned and tossed
Upon the waves
When the darkness comes
I feel the grave

But I still believe
I still believe
Through the cold
And the heat
Through the pain
And through the tears
Through the crowds
And through the cheers

Oh, I still believe

I’ll march this road
I’ll climb this hill
Down on my knees if I have to
I’ll take my place
Up on this stage
I’ll wait ’til the end of time
For you like everybody else

[Verse 4]
I’m out on my own
Walkin’ the streets
Look at the faces
That I meet
I feel like I like I want to go home
What do I feel
What do I know

But I still believe
I still believe
Through the shame
And through the grief
Through the heartache
Through the tears
Through the waiting
Through the years
For people like us
In places like this
We need all the hope
That we can get

Oh, I still believe

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,345: ‘I Still Believe (Great Design)’ – The Call

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Don’t recall this song from Lost Boys or otherwise. A bit too anthemic and religious-y for me.

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