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Journey Mystery Solved! “Just A City Boy Born And Raised In South Detroit”

There’s a line in the 1980′s Journey song that sings, “Just a city boy, born and raised in South Detroit.”  Considering the man who wrote the song, Jonathan Cain, was actually born and raised in Chicago, where does that line really come from?

It is an interesting story because from this article it sounds like Steve Perry remembers writing the song.  But when I interviewed Jonathan Cain a number of years ago he told me he wrote this song and the line “Don’t Stop believin” actually came form his father who never wanted him to give up on his dream.  His dad told Jonathan as a little boy, “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Steve Perry remembers the story differently so according to Steve here is where that “South Detroit” line came from…

flickr.com/ Bernt Rostad

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