Open Arms

Album: Escape (1981)
Charted: 2
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  • Lying beside you, here in the dark
    Feeling your heartbeat with mine
    Softly you whisper, you're so sincere
    How could our love be so blind
    We sailed on together
    We drifted apart
    And here you are, by my side

    So now I come to you with open arms
    Nothing to hide, believe what I say
    So here I am, with open arms
    Hoping you'll see what your love means to me
    Open arms

    Living without you, living alone
    This empty house seems so cold
    Wanting to hold you
    Wanting you near
    How much I wanted you home

    But now that you've come back
    Turned night into day
    I need you to stay


Comments: 12

  • Armin from Dallas/fort WorthI have trouble thinking of this song as a power ballad but after reading the cooments, I think I understand. It doesn't seem to fit the mold of a typical power ballad: sensitive passages driven home by a power-rock section---a light-to-heavy transition. Think Stairway to Heaven or Aerosmith's Dream On. Separate Ways seems all power, no ballad. They lyrics are deeply sentimental, especially as delivered by Steve Perry's crooning, but the constant charge in the music sounds more like power pop. I understand now that it's really the intense emotions in the lyrics and the minor key that set the prevailing mood and this song is just a little too unique to classify so conveniently.
  • Mckinzie from United StatesI love this song so very much! I want to dance to this song with my future husband at my future wedding.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn October 28th 1977, Journey appeared in concert at Bill Graham's Old Waldorf in San Francisco, California...
    It marked Steve Perry's first concert appearance as the lead singer of the West Coast-Bay Area group...
    Just over five months later on April 2nd, 1978 the group's first charted record, "Wheel in the Sky", would enter Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #89, five weeks later on May 7th it peaked at #57 {for 1 week} and it stayed on the chart for 8 weeks...
    Between 1978 and 1985 the group had twenty seven Top 100 records; six made the Top 10 with "Open Arms"* being their biggest hit, it peaked at #2...
    {See next post below}.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 10th 1982, "Open Arms" by Journey entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 21st it peaked at #2 (for 6 weeks) and spent 18 weeks on the Top 100 (and 10 of those 18 weeks were on the Top 10)...
    It also reached #2 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart...
    The first three weeks it was at #2, the #1 record was "Centerfold" by the J. Geils Band and the last three weeks it was "I Love Rock 'N Roll" by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts was at #1...
    Was track 5 on side 2 of the group's seventh studio album, 'Escape', and on September 6th, 1981 peaked at #1 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart...
    Three other tracks off the album also made the Top 100; "Who's Crying Now" (#4), "Don't Stop Believin'" (#9) and "Still The Ride" (#19)...
  • Hannah from Ottawa, OnSteve Perry has such a beautiful voice. This song is definitely one of the greatest songs of all time!
  • Gina from Springfield, MoThis song came out just before my husband & I was married in March of 1982; always been a very special song to me!
  • Aimee from Plant City, FlOne of the most special songs ever written!
  • Megan from Stevenson, AlThis song is so sweet! Beautiful...<3 Makes me cry everytime!
  • Joe O from Schenectady, Nyan absolutely gorgeous song, I am learning to play this one on my keyboards. Surprisingly enough, it's not that difficult. I've become a bigger fan of Journey thru this and also from knowing about the history of Journey. Thanks to Jonathan Cain and Steve Perry for this song and the entire Journey catalog of great hits.
  • Richard from Houston, TxIt's easy for a song to do that. Think about it - the singer and/or writer has poured their heart into the song, and there's obviously emotion behind it. Just a matter of finding it.
  • Stu from Philly, PaIt's not stupid for a song to make you cry. Sometimes a song just hits you in the exact right spot. Something so beautiful. Frank, that's one of my favorite songs, and if you think it hits you when you hear it, try playing it. whoo! what a powerful experience it is to play that song.
  • Frank from Brampton, Ontario, CanadaAs with any other sad song I hear, this one makes me cry alot. Hey... I know that may seem really stupid on my part, but you know.... heartfelt songs like this one really do make ppl cry. Trust me, if such powerful ballads like this make you cry, then you know it really is a good song.
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