Journey lead singer Steve Perry wrote this song with keyboard player Jonathan Cain
for Trial by Fire
, which was Perry's last album with the band. It's one of the lesser-known Journey songs, but one that is very important to Perry, which is why it was included on their Greatest Hits 2
compilation in 2011.
Perry's mother died while he was working on the sessions for their 1986 album Raised on Radio
. The band went on hiatus after that tour, and when they returned to record Trial by Fire
, Perry was thinking about his mother. "I had a dream that Mom had a gift shop and that she was so happy and doing fine and looking amazing," he said in an online Q&A. "She had been sick for so long that this was what I needed to know even if it was a dream. I later went to Jon Cain's and told him I wanted to write a song about this experience and started singing a melody and we finished it together. The song is very special to me because it's about Mom and all that she gave me to survive and when I miss her, all I have to know is... She's right here... When I think of her."