Song of the Day #4,457: ‘Wheel in the Sky’ – Journey

It took 16 years between Journey’s first eligibility for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and their eventual induction in 2017.

Such disrespect for a band that released six straight multi-Platinum albums between 1978 and 1986 and recorded some of the most iconic power pop songs of the era. Hell, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ alone should have landed them in the Hall at the first opportunity.

I admit to some bias in this matter, as Journey was one of the bands I loved most in my tween years. As I remember things, the band’s 1981 album Escape was the very first record I owned.

I have equally fond memories of playing the Journey Escape video game at my local arcade. In that game, each band member had to navigate obstacles (in challenges that stole liberally from Donkey Kong and Space Invaders) in order to make it to a concert.

While lead singer Steve Perry’s expansive vocals are strongly associated with Journey, the band actually formed four years before he joined the lineup. They tried different sounds and singers, but didn’t hit their groove until Perry signed on and they released 1978’s Infinity. That album contained today’s SOTD, the band’s first hit.

The band then ran off that impressive run of successful albums: Evolution (1979), Departure (1980), Escape (1981), Frontiers (1983), and Raised on Radio (1986). Escape was the biggest hit, eventually selling more than 12 million copies worldwide.

Journey went on hiatus for nearly a decade starting in the late 80s. After a 1995 reunion, Perry left the band in 1997 due to complications from a degenerative bone condition. The band has had several lead singers since, and currently is fronted by Arnel Pineda, a Filipino singer-songwriter the band discovered on YouTube.

[Verse 1]
Winter is here again, oh lord
Haven’t been home in a year or more
I hope she holds on a little longer
Sent a letter on a long summer day
Made of silver, not of clay
Ooh, I’ve been running down this dusty road

[Chorus]
Ooh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turning
I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning

[Verse 2]
I’ve been trying to make it home
Got to make it before too long
Ooh, I can’t take this very much longer, no
I’m standing in the sleet and rain
Don’t think I’m ever gonna make it home again
The morning sun is rising
It’s kissing the day

[Chorus]
Ooh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turning
I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning
Whoa, whoa, whoa
My, my, my, my, my
For Tomorrow

[Interlude]

[Chorus]
Oh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turning
Ooh, I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps me yearning
Ooh, I don’t know, I don’t know, whoa

[Chorus]
Oh, the wheel in the sky keeps on turning
Ooh, I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning
Ooh, I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, whoa

[Outro]
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning
Don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow
Ooh, the wheel in the sky keeps turning
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,457: ‘Wheel in the Sky’ – Journey

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I was initially thinking that Journey was another example of a band whose inclusion in the Rock Hall was not vital, but I must say that you make a compelling case. I mean, when a band is big enough to have their own video game in an arcade?

  2. Peg says:

    Their contribution to the final episode of the Sopranos should have been enough to get them in!

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