The Journey song Don’t Stop Believin’ is one of the band’s most famous songs, and arguably their magnum opus. However, the song itself goes deeper than its literal meaning, and tackles the theme of finding your identity, following your dreams, and doing what you’re passionate about. The name of the song, “Don’t Stop Believin’”, follows its overall message and conveys it to listeners in a way that they will understand its themes regardless of whether they are listening closely and trying to break it down, or just singing along.
The first two stanzas read:
Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train
Just a city boy
Born and raised in South Detroit
He took the midnight train
The first two lines of each stanza, “Just a small town girl / Livin’ in a lonely world” (1.1-2) and “Just a city boy / Born and raised in South Detroit” (2.1-2), describe two different people from two different settings, who are supposedly united when they take “the midnight train goin’ anywhere”. The “midnight train” referred to in each stanza might be symbolic for some common goal, or it might be more literal, as two different people take a train in search of something new in their lives.
The third stanza reads:
A singer in a smoky room
The smell of wine and cheap perfume
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on
The first two lines of this stanza, “A singer in a smoky room / The smell of wine and cheap