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In this song, a man is falling in love with a girl who he has been friends with for a long time. (thanks, Donovan Berry - El Dorado, AR)
When the band had difficulty coming up with songs for their Wheels Are Turnin' album, they took time off so each member could write alone. Kevin Cronin went to Molokai, Hawaii, during his "time off." There he played around with a song that he wrote 10 years earlier but never finished. When he stopped tinkering with his composition, it had become a song about a person's fear of change - even though he knows that he MUST change.
This was the second of 2 #1 hits for REO Speedwagon (after "Keep on Lovin' You"). (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL, for above 2)
REO Speedwagon played this at Live Aid in 1985. They followed Rick Springfield
on the US stage.
This song was featured in the South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy." (thanks, Jeana - Sterling Heights, MI)
When Glee creator Ryan Murphy saw a video of Cory Monteith drumming a version of this song with pencils and plastic containers, he brought him in for a mass audition in Los Angeles where he was given the role of Finn Hudson. The late Canadian actor and singer got to sing the tune alongside the Glee Cast in the pilot episode of the television series. It was released as one of the show's early singles in 2009.
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