Journey: After All These Years
This is a new song by Journey. The first time I heard it I was touched in several ways. First I was glad to see that old Journey magic come alive in this beautiful tune (another masterpiece by Jonathan Cain). But I was also struck – I mean literally – by the words (see below), seeing how they fit so well with my situation and the feelings I have for my wife. When watching this first video it didn’t take many seconds before the tears started to roll.
Tomorrow is Angelica’s birthday, and I would like to decicate this song to her, with all my heart. She knows the song well, and we have enjoyed listening to it together; this is “our” song now. I just want her to be sure that I truly am “proud of all the blessings [she] has given me”, and for all those years she stood by my side.
Happy birthday, my love.
Here is another version, live from Las Vegas. I actually think it’s almost better live. Arnel’s tender voice… wow!
A faded wedding photograph You and me in our first dance Our eyes are closed We’re lost in one sweet embrace Since those days the world has changed But our love remains the same God knows we’ve had our share of saving grace
And I’m proud of all the blessings You have given me The mountains we have climbed to get this far You’ve learned to take the laughter with the tears After all these years
You make it feel brand new After the fires that we walked through Against the odds we never lost our faith
In our house we’ve made our home Where our children all have grown Precious moments time cannot erase
Make a living up and down the gypsy highways Seasons that we’ve had to share apart Somehow in my heart I always keep you near me After all these years
After all these years You stood by me The days and nights that I was gone After all these years You sacrificed, believed in me And you stood strong Cause with our love there’s nothing left to fear After all these years
After all these years You stood by me The days and nights that I was gone After all these years You’ve sacrificed, believed in me And you stood strong Cause with our love there’s nothing left to fear After all these years