SEPARATE WAYS (World's Apart)

Jonathan Cain, Steve Perry

JOURNEY                                                                   1983                                                                   Columbia Records

The lead single from the album Frontiers. Chart: #. Time - 4:21, 5:24. Flip Side: "Frontiers".
Released in U.S.A. January 5, 1983.

Recorded at , USA. Produced by Mike Stone and Kevin Elson. Engineered by Mike Stone .

The great thing about this song is that it was written in a time where you could play it live before an audience long before it's release. Written during the previous Escape tour, they began playing it for the audience, who, of course, did not know the song. Many artists did this, a good way to gauge it's acceptance by thier fans. With the advent of the internet, this cannot be done anymore. It would be recorded and uploaded immediately for all to hear. It was inspired by one of the band members going through a divorce. The video was considered one of the worst of all time, ridiculed by many, particularly MTV. - Larry -

Personnel

   Steve Perry - lead vocals
   Neal Schon - lead guitar, backing vocals
   Jonathan Cain - keyboards, rhythm guitar, backing vocals
   Ross Valory - bass, backing vocals
   Steve Smith - drums, backing vocals

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Jonathan Cain

"We took Escape on the road and we knew we needed more teeth. We knew we needed something like 'Separate Ways,' y'know? Like, what would make our set undeniably great? And we tried to fill in what we were missing musically. I think we all sensed it. And I remember writing 'Separate Ways' with Steve (Perry) on the road. We wrote that in a hotel room -- Ross (Valory) was going through a divorce and boom -- out comes 'Separate Ways,' and we're playin' it at the end of the Escape tour. Y'know, 'cause we needed it in the set. Now, we start fine tuning ourselves, y'know? And that's how in tune we were with our music. It was all of us, man."

Jonathan Cain - 1983:Hit Parader

"Usually we don't write songs that far in advance of an album. But on that occasion, Steve (Perry) and I were just working an idea backstage and it all came together. He was working on a bass and I had a guitar, and we just worked out the melody that night and the lyrics the next afternoon. Sometimes you can get lucky and have a song fall together like that."

Jonathan Cain - 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."

Neal Schon - 2008

"It doesn't matter where we put this song because it has always had a strong effect on the audience, all the way back to the first time we played it--before it was even recorded. It was written on tour and we threw it in the set to see how it would go down. The audience had an amazing reaction to it without even knowing what it was. .... 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."

YOU TUBE STUDIO TRACK OFFICIAL VIDEO YOU TUBE LYRIC VIDEO YOU TUBE LIVE 1983, Budokan, Tokyo, Japan Here we stand Worlds apart Hearts broken in two, two, two Sleepless nights Losing ground I'm reaching for you, you, you Feelin' that it's gone Can't 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 confusions 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 [Instrumental Interlude] Oooooooooh 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 Nooooooooo Nooooooooo