Rock Ballad of the Week: Journey “Faithfully”

Highway run
Into the midnight sun
Wheels go round and round
You’re on my mind
Restless hearts
Sleep alone tonight
Sendin’ all my love
Along the wire
They say that the road
Ain’t no place to start a family
Right down the line
It’s been you and me
And lovin’ a music man
Ain’t always what it’s supposed to be
Oh girl you stand by me
I’m forever yours, faithfully
Circus life
Under the big top world
We all need the clowns
To make us smile
Through space and time
Always another show
Wondering where I am
Lost without you
And being apart ain’t easy on this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy
Of rediscovering you
Oh girl, you stand by me
I’m forever yours, faithfully
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Faithfully, I’m still yours
I’m forever yours
Ever yours, faithfully

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Writer/s: JONATHAN CAIN

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Journey is an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1973, composed of former members of Santana and Frumious Bandersnatch. The band has gone through several phases; its strongest commercial success occurred between 1978 and 1987 when Steve Perry was lead vocalist. During that period, the band released a series of hit songs, including “Don’t Stop Believin’ (1981), which in 2009 became the top-selling track in iTunes history among songs not released in the 21st century.
Its parent studio album, Escape, the band’s seventh and most successful, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200and yielded another of their most popular singles, “Open Arms“. Its 1983 follow-up album, Frontiers, was almost as successful in the United States, reaching No. 2 and spawning several successful singles; it broadened the band’s appeal in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart. Journey enjoyed a successful reunion in the mid-1990s and later regrouped with a series of lead singers.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Yes “If You Only Knew”

I can lift you with my heart
Give you meaning every day
Cannot live without your truth

And be the true me
To be the true you
Pick the flowers from your floor
Put them in your arms for you my love
Realize my life and more

Say you will ‘n’ then
Take me home
Make me clear
It feels so much better
Take me home
To this heart of hearts

If only you knew
You caught me when I was falling
Yes you caught me when I was falling fast

And only you knew
You answered me when I was calling you
You saw me when I was dreaming you
Into my life

Everyone who looks at you
Sees the loving in your every move
You’re the healing of the soul

To be the true you
To be the true me
I will be your strength all time
Ever wishing you this love and more
Forever be your guiding song

Say you will and then
Take me home
Make me clear
To feel so much better
In this life
In your heart of hearts

If only you knew
How you caught me when I was falling
Yes you caught me when I was falling fast

And only you knew
You answered me when I was calling you
You saw me when I was dreaming you
Into my life

When I feel the hurt in so many peoples’ lives
I take a deep breath and think of your smile your eyes
When I hear the sadness of this earth time
Then I take a deep breath and know that you understand
That you understand

And only you knew
How you caught me when I was falling fast
Caught me when I was falling fast
If only you knew
How you answered me when I was calling you
You saw me when I was dreaming you

If only you knew
Yes you caught me when I was falling fast
You caught me when I was falling
Into your life

*Written by: ALAN WHITE, BILLY SHERWOOD, CHRIS SQUIRE, IGOR PETROVICH KHOROSHEV, JON ANDERSON, STEVE JAMES HOWE

Yes are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968 by singer Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford. The band has undergone numerous formations throughout its history; twenty musicians have been full-time members. Since June 2019, it has consisted of guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, singer Jon Davison, bassist Billy Sherwood, and additional touring drummer Jay Schellen. Yes have explored several musical styles over the years, and are most notably regarded as progressive rock pioneers.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Bon Jovi “Thank You For Loving Me”

 

It’s hard for me to say the things
I want to say sometimes
There’s no one here but you and me
And that broken old street light
Lock the doors
We’ll leave the world outside
All I’ve got to give to you
Are these five words when I
Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn’t see
For parting my lips
When I couldn’t breathe
Thank you for loving me
Thank you for loving me

I never knew I had a dream
Until that dream was you
When I look into your eyes
The sky’s a different blue
Cross my heart
I wear no disguise
If I tried, you’d make believe
That you believed my lies

Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn’t see
For parting my lips
When I couldn’t breathe
Thank you for loving me

You pick me up when I fall down
You ring the bell before they count me out
If I was drowning you would part the sea
And risk your own life to rescue me

Lock the doors
We’ll leave the world outside
All I’ve got to give to you
Are these five words when I

Thank you for loving me
For being my eyes
When I couldn’t see
You parted my lips
When I couldn’t breathe
Thank you for loving me

When I couldn’t fly
Oh, you gave me wings
You parted my lips
When I couldn’t breathe
Thank you for loving me

*”Thank You for Loving Me” as written by Jon Bon Jovi Richard Sambora

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Bon Jovi is an American rock band formed in 1983 in Sayreville, New Jersey. It consists of singer Jon Bon Jovi, keyboardist David Bryan, drummer Tico Torres, guitarist Phil X, and bassist Hugh McDonald Previous bassist Alec John Such was dismissed in 1994, and longtime guitarist and co-songwriter Richie Sambora left in 2013.

In 1984 and 1985, Bon Jovi released their first two albums and their debut single “Runaway” managed to crack the Top 40. In 1986, the band achieved widespread success and global recognition with their third album, Slippery When Wet, which sold over 20 million copies and included three Top 10 singles, two of which reached No. 1 (“You Give Love a Bad Name” and “Livin’ on a Prayer“)  Their fourth album, New Jersey (1988), was also very successful, selling over 10 million copies and featuring five Top 10 singles (a record for a hard rock album), two of which reached No. 1 (“Bad Medicine” and “I’ll Be There for You“). After the band toured and recorded extensively during the late 1980s, culminating in the 1988–90 New Jersey Tour, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora released successful solo albums in 1990 and 1991, respectively.

In 1992, the band returned with the double-platinum Keep the Faith. This was followed by their biggest-selling and longest-charting single “Always” (1994) and the album These Days (1995), which proved to be a bigger hit in Europe than in the United States, producing four Top Ten singles in the United Kingdom. Following a second hiatus, their 2000 album Crush, particularly the lead single, “It’s My Life“, successfully introduced the band to a younger audience. The band followed up with Bounce in 2002. The platinum albums Have a Nice Day (2005) and Lost Highway (2007) saw the band incorporate elements of country music into some of the songs, including the 2006 single “Who Says You Can’t Go Home“, which won the band a Grammy Award and became the first single by a rock band to reach No. 1 on the country charts. The Circle (2009) marked a return to the band’s rock sound. The band also enjoyed great success touring, with both the 2005–06 Have a Nice Day Tour and 2007–08 Lost Highway Tour ranking among the Top 20 highest-grossing concert tours of the 2000s and the 2013 Because We Can Tour ranking among the highest-grossing of the 2010s. The band continues to tour and record, with their most recent album This House Is Not for Sale and its associated tour encompassing 2016–19.

Bon Jovi has released 14 studio albums, five compilations and three live albums. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the bestselling American rock bands and performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 34 million fans.  Bon Jovi was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and into the US Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018.  The band received the Award of Merit at the American Music Awards in 2004, and Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: John Waite “Someone Like You”

I’ve been searchin’ for a long time
For someone exactly like you
I’ve been travelin’ all around the world
Waitin’ for you to come through
Someone like you
To make it all worthwhile
Someone like you
To keep me satisfied
Someone exactly like you
Just like you
I’ve been traveling a hard road
Baby looking for someone exactly like you
I’ve been carrying this heavy load
Waiting for your light to some shining through
Someone like you
Could make it all worthwhile
Someone like you baby
To keep me satisfied
Someone exactly like you
Just like you
Yeah baby
Just like you
And I’ve been doing some real soul-searching
Tryin’ to find out where you’re at

And I’ve been up and down this highway
To all kinds of foreign lands
Someone like you
To make it all worthwhile
And someone like you
To keep me so satisfied
Someone exactly like you
Just like you
Someone like you
Could make it all worthwhile
Someone like you
Could keep me so satisfied
Someone exactly like you
Yes someone exactly like you
Just like you
I’ve been searching
For such a long time
Marching to the beat
Of a different drum
And now I realize
The best is yet to come
Someone just like you
Someone just like you

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Songwriters: van Morrison

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John Charles Waite (born 4 July 1952) is an English musician. He was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English. As a solo artist, 1984’s “Missing You” was a No. 1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Kip Winger “Here”

Here… in here
You belong
Here… it’s clear
You belong

I wish a falling star could cause
The world to disappear
All I want is to
Be all alone with you
Here…

I need you near
Come along

We’ll dream the day together
A virgin atmosphere
All I want is to
Be all alone with you

Look at us here…
All alone in here…

We’ll dream the day together
The words will disappear
You make it all so new
I’m so in love with you

You belong here…
All alone in here…
You belong…
Here

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Songwriters: Charles Winger

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Charles Frederick Kip Winger (born June 21, 1961) is an American rock musician, a member of the rock band Winger, and a solo artist.  He initially gained notability as a member of Alice Cooper‘s band, contributing bass and vocals to his Constrictor and Raise Your Fist and Yell albums.

Kip Winger’s first commercial break came in 1984, when he co-wrote a song for Kix‘s third album, Midnite Dynamite. During that time he was working closely with the record producer Beau Hillrecording bass and vocals on various records. While Reb Beach was working on Fiona Flanagan‘s Beyond the Pale record at Atlantic, Winger and Beach were introduced to each other and later began recording demos. In 1985, Winger joined Alice Cooper‘s band. After making two albums with Cooper, Winger left in March 1987 to focus on his own band.

Winger returned to New York to work on songs with Reb Beach. They were joined by drummer Rod Morgenstein and keyboard player Paul Taylor. They initially performed under the name Sahara, but eventually changed their name to Winger, at Alice Cooper’s suggestion.

The band Winger released three albums (Winger (1988), In the Heart of the Young (1990), and Pull (1993)) before moving on to solo careers.

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Stevie Ray Vaughan “Pride and Joy”

Well you’ve heard about love givin’ sight to the blind
My baby’s lovin’ cause the sun to shine
She’s my sweet little thang, she’s my pride and joy
She’s my sweet little baby, I’m her little lover boy

Yeah I love my baby, heart and soul
Love like ours won’t never grow old
She’s my sweet little thang, she’s my pride and joy
She’s my sweet little baby, I’m her little lover boy

Yeah I love my lady, she’s long and lean
You mess with her, you’ll see a man get mean
She’s my sweet little thang, she’s my pride and joy
She’s my sweet little baby, I’m her little lover boy

Well I love my baby, like the finest wine
Stick with her until the end of time
She’s my sweet little thang, she’s my pride and joy
She’s my sweet little baby, I’m her little lover boy

Yeah I love my baby, my heart and soul
Love like ours won’t never grow old
She’s my sweet little thang, she’s my pride and joy
She’s my sweet little baby, I’m her little lover boy

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Writer/s: STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN 

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Stephen Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, and one of the most influential guitarists in the revival of blues in the 1980s. He is commonly referred to as one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

Vaughan was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. He began playing guitar at the age of seven, inspired by his older brother Jimmie. He dropped out of high school in 1971 and moved to Austin the following year. He played gigs with numerous bands, earning a spot in Marc Benno‘s band the Nightcrawlers and later with Denny Freeman in the Cobras, with whom he continued to work through late 1977. He then formed his own group Triple Threat Revue, but he renamed them Double Trouble after hiring drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon. He gained fame after his performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1982, and his debut studio album Texas Flood charted at number 38 in 1983, a commercially successful release that sold over half a million copies. Vaughan headlined concert tours with Jeff Beck in 1989 and Joe Cocker in 1990. He died in a helicopter crash on August 27, 1990 at the age of 35.

Vaughan received several music awards during his lifetime and posthumously. In 1983, readers of Guitar Player voted him Best New Talent and Best Electric Blues Guitar Player. In 1984, the Blues Foundation named him Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, and in 1987, Performance Magazine honored him with Rhythm and Blues Act of the Year. He won six Grammy Awards and ten Austin Music Awards and was inducted posthumously into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000 and the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2014. Rolling Stone ranked him as the 12th greatest guitarist of all time.  In 2015, Vaughan and Double Trouble were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Rock Ballad of the Week: Kenny Wayne Shepard “I Found Love (When I Found You)”

I found love when I found you
When I look in your eyes, I know it’s true
My life was lonely, broken and blue
Then I found love, when I found you.
Once in a lifetime, that’s how it feels
Something so good (so damn good)
How can it be real
Girl, when you touch me
You touch me through and through
I know I found love when I found you
Girl, you’ve got all of me
And I want you to know
There’s nothin’ in this crazy ol’ world
could make me wanna let you go.
Cause I found love when I found you
Every time I look in your eyes, I know it’s true
Girl, when you touch me,
you touch me through and through
I know I found love, when I found you

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd (born Kenny Wayne Brobst; June 12, 1977) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He has released several studio albums and experienced significant commercial success as a blues artist.

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