According to the liner notes of Journey's Time3 compilation, this started out as a poem called "Wheels In My Mind" by Diane Valory, the wife of Journey bassist Ross Valory. Robert Fleischman, the band's first vocalist, wrote new lyrics, and guitarist Neal Schon wrote the melody on acoustic guitar in the back seat of a station wagon while the band was driving between shows.
This was the second Top 100 song from the first Journey album featuring their new lead singer Steve Perry. The song was already written when Perry joined the band, but he put his own signature to it. This song, along with "Lights," which Perry did co-write, finally put Journey on the radio and on their way to Stadium Rock stardom in the '80s. (thanks, Dawn - Highlands Ranch, CO)
The Creed lead singer reveals the "ego and self-fulfillment" he now sees in one of the band's biggest hits.
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Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.