‘Don’t Stop Believin” — Please Stop Listening At Ball Games

Journey’s biggest hit has no place at sporting events. Crowds think it’s some kind of hopeful anthem, however, the catch phrase “don’t stop believin'” is uttered just once and the rest of the lyrics are out of left field and into the parking lot.

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Ever go to a Dodgers game or any ball game and just get ridiculously confused at what you’re listening to?

Why, it’s an old song by Journey. The song’s called “Don’t Stop Believin’.” A perfect choice if you believe your team has a chance of coming back to win, making some noise in the playoffs and ultimately, winning the championship that the fan base craves so desperately.

Listen to Journey.

Feel upbeat.

What’s that? This song doesn’t make sense.

Sure it does, winning a game and a midnight train …

What?

A city boy born and raised in south Detroit, cheap perfume, smokey room …
What the fuck does any of this have to do with rallying for a win?

What the fuck does this song even mean?

The song I can respect. The fact that some arenas and stadiums, however, mask it as some type of rally song, no way. Please, don’t shit in a bowl and tell me it’s chocolate mousse.


The small town girl and city boy meeting, is this some kind of love story? Or a random hookup? Or simple, casual prostitution?

Oh, arena or stadium, why do you confuse me so?

Wait, listen.

Finally, after about two minutes we’re treated to that one line, “don’t stop believin’.”

This madness may have worked for Tony Soprano in the series finale of “The Sopranos.” It’s up to you, the viewer, to decide whether Tony lived or died during that last scene. But Journey was with us the whole way.

I’m not hating on the song itself. This cut is immensely popular with more than 5 million digital downloads. At 99 cents per download that’s some good coin considering the song was released in 1981.

The song I can respect. The fact that some arenas and stadiums, however, mask it as some type of rally song, no way. Please, don’t shit in a bowl and tell me it’s chocolate mousse.

I’m willing to bet most fans haven’t even heard the entire song. If you analyze the rest of the lyrics (you know, the part that the crowd never gets to hear) the song actually contains words that may reference sports.

“Some will win/Some will lose/Some were born to sing the blues/Oh, the movie never ends/It goes on and on and on and on.”

Winning and losing, check. Singing the blues, I can buy that.

I couldn’t stand going to Dodgers games and listening to this. A lot of blues at those games the past few years.

But here’s the sneaky subtext. Maybe the singing the blues refers to the Dodgers’ uncanny ability to underachieve. The movie (a Dodgers season) never ends and the losing goes on and on and on and on …

How long will Journey rock Chavez Ravine and other stadiums? Hey, the crowd enjoys the hell out of it, why ruin a good thing? As long as the Jumbotron at Dodger Stadium captures some goofy guy making ridiculous gestures and as long as some kid plays the hell out of the air guitar, “Don’t Stop Believin’” is here to stay.

Just don’t think for one second it has something to do with sports.

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