Rock History: Long, Long Way from Home by Foreigner
Classic Rock History: "Long, Long Way from Home" by Foreigner.
The song was written by Mick Jones, Lou Gramm & Ian McDonald and it was initially released on Foreigner's debut album. It was the third single taken from the album. The lyrics refer to a person leaving a small town to try to succeed in New York City ("I left a small town for the apple in decay") and the loneliness he feels there.
According to Gramm, the lyrics are autobiographical, reflecting his experience moving from Rochester to New York City. Gramm and Jones have stated that this was the first song they worked on together. The song features a clavinet. The single was released in November 1977. It reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. It was also a hit in Canada, reaching number 22.
Foreigner is a British–American rock band, originally formed in New York City & London in 1976 by veteran English musician and ex–Spooky Tooth member Mick Jones, and fellow Briton and ex–King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm.
Jones came up with the band's name as he, McDonald and Dennis Elliott were British, while Gramm, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi were American. Their biggest hit single, "I Want to Know What Love Is", topped the United Kingdom and United States charts among others. Another one of their hit singles, "Waiting for a Girl Like You", peaked at number two on the US chart for a record-setting 10 weeks. They are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records, including 37.5 million records in the US.
- Lou Gramm – lead vocals, percussion
- Mick Jones – lead guitar, vocals, keyboards
- Ian McDonald – guitar, vocals, saxophone, keyboards
- Al Greenwood – keyboards, synthesizer
- Ed Gagliardi – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Dennis Elliott – drums, backing vocals