When the songwriters of Journey’s ballad learned that their song, “Don’t stop Believin”, had gotten a license for use in the final episode of “The Sopranos”, they were “jumping up and down”, according to the Associated Press.
They didn’t even realize how it would become such a staple in one of the most powerful final scenes in the history of television.
The keyboard player for Journey, Jonathan Cain, watched the final episode at home with his family. He said, “It was better than anything I would have ever hoped for.”
As Tony Soprano flipped through the jukebox at a New Jersey diner, he went through a few songs before settling on Journey’s. As ominous characters wandered about, the song continued in the background. Just as Steve Perry sang “don’t stop,”, the long-awaited last episode did just that, ending the show to blackness. Some people loved the ending, others were furious, some disappointed.
The song was originally wrote by Cain, Perry, and Neal Schon. When they agreed to let the song be licensed, they had no idea how it would be used. Cain kept the whole thing a secret from his family, and let them hear the song as they watched the final episode together.
“I didn’t want to blow it,” he told The Associated Press on Monday. “Even my wife didn’t know. She looked at me and said, `You knew that and you didn’t tell me?”, according to the Associated Press.
The song was originally released in 1981, reaching Number 9 on the singles chart. It brings back memories for alot of people.
The creator of The Soprano’s, David Chase, has two songtrack albums for the series, and has made music a big part of the story, especially when the end credits roll. The last verse of the song went well with the ending, “Some will win, some will lose,” Perry sings. “Some were born to sing the blues. Oh, the movie never ends. It goes on and on and on and on … “
“Don’t Stop Believin” was on an iTunes top-10 list after it was featured on Fox’s “Family Guy” and then in a scene on MTV’s “Laguna Beach.”
The song was also used by many sports teams. The Chicago White Sox used it in 2005, and Perry then sang it in a parade that was celebrating the teams win in that years World Series.
Cain says that they are careful who they license their songs out to, and have actually turned down several advertising campaigns. They were hesitant when the film “Monster”, with Charlie Theron, wanted to use it. they relented and gave them the rights in the end, because “she’s too cute to say no to,” according to Cain.
Cain loved the final scene of the Sopranos after admitting to be nervous as mob boss Phil was shot, and then run over by his own SUV. “It was very smart writing,” he said. “I always love movies where you don’t see the guy whacked. You wonder whether he’s going to get whacked.”
The song used over the closing credits in the very first episode of The Sopranos was the song “The Beast in me”, by Nick Lowe, which helped visibility for the song. Some thought that Chase would use it for his finale.
“A lot more people knew Johnny Cash’s version (of `The Beast in Me’) and this put Nick’s version on the map,” said Jake Guralnick, who is Lowe’s American manager. “Nick’s version is a lot more vulnerable.”
Cain says the use of their song in The Sopranos is fulfilling a wish that he and Perry have, that their songs will have a long life.
“It puts our feet in the cement,” he said. “We’re a staple in the American music culture. Like us or not, we’re here to stay”, according to the associated Press.
originally reported by DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer, “Big moment for Journey at ‘Sopranos’ end ”