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This article is about Don't Stop Believin'. You may be looking for the version sung in Journey, the version sung on The X-Factor, the version sung by Rachel Berry, or the version sung in New Directions.
Don't Stop Believin'
Don't Stop Believin' 2
Album: Glee: The Music, Volume 1,
Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One,
Glee: The Music, Best of Season One,
and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie Motion Picture Soundtrack
Released: May 19, 2009
By: Journey
Sung by: New Directions
Solos: Finn and Rachel
Place: The April Rhodes Civic Pavilion
Episode: Pilot

Don't Stop Believin' by Journey is featured in Pilot, the first episode of Season One. It is sung by the New Directions with solos by Finn and Rachel.

The New Directions sing this song in the McKinley auditorium to show their unity as a group while Will watches them from afar with a gleeful smile on his face. Little do they know, Puck, Sue, Quinn, and Santana are also watching them. It is one of the show's most prominent songs during Season One and has become the show's anthem.

Lyrics

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Finn:
Just a small town girl
Livin' in a lonely world
She took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Rachel:
Just a city boy
Born and raised in south Detroit
He took the midnight train goin' anywhere

Finn:
A singer in a smoky room

Rachel:
A smell of wine and cheap perfume

Finn and Rachel:
For a smile they can share the night
It goes on and on and on and on
Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlights people
Living just to find emotion
Hiding somewhere in the night

Rachel:
Working hard to get my fill
Everybody wants a thrill

Finn and Rachel:
Payin' anything to roll the dice just one more time

Rachel:
Some will win

Finn and Rachel:
Some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on
Strangers waiting
Up and down the boulevard
Their shadows searching in the night
Streetlight people
Living just to find emotion
Hiding somewhere in the night

Finn and Rachel with New Directions:
Don't stop believin'
(Finn and Rachel: Hold on to that feelin')
Streetlight people
Don't stop believin'
(Finn and Rachel: Hold on to that feelin')
Streetlight people
Don't stop!

Trivia

  • This is the first released song by the New Directions. It is also the first released duet of the series.
  • On that note of being the first duet, it is also Finn and Rachel's first duet. While the rest provide background vocals.
  • This is the first single released from the first soundtrack of the series, Glee: The Music, Volume 1.
  • This song has been covered six times on the show. The first version in the Pilot episode, a version by Finn and Quinn in The Rhodes Not Taken, again in Sectionals by Haverbrook School for the Deaf, another in the Regionals competition in Journey, again in Sweet Dreams as Rachel's audition song for Funny Girl, and again in New Directions to say a final goodbye to the glee club.
    • Coincidentally, Rachel is a soloist in each released version.
  • In the fourth season episode, Dynamic Duets, the New Directions used similar outfits in their performance of Some Nights.
  • This version sold over 1 million downloads on iTunes, making it the most successful song of the series.
  • The original was used as background music in Journey.
  • This came second in a poll to find the "Best Glee Song of All Time" by TV Line readers in July 2011, losing out to I Feel Pretty/Unpretty.
  • Ian originally thought that they shouldn't have used this song since it was too overplayed. Source
  • The move in which the characters throw their hands into the air is a reference to West Side Story. Source
  • The performance was filmed in a day and a half. Source
  • The gang, after shooting their coverage, were behaving so terribly that they got yelled at for the first time. Source

Errors

  • When Rachel sings the line "He took the midnight train going anywhere" and lifts her arm up, her palm is facing downward; in the next shot, her palm is facing sideways.
  • During the performance,when Mercedes, Kurt, and Tina approach the microphones, they are in the order (from left to right) Tina, Mercedes, and Kurt. Later when the scene changes the order changes to (from left to right) Kurt, Mercedes, and Tina.
  • During the performance, as Finn finishes playing the drums, he stands up and hands the drumsticks to the drummer, but we still hear the drums while there is clearly no one playing.
  • During the performance, Will can be seen watching the performance from afar but in the next few seconds, Will is seen entering the auditorium again.

Gallery

Videos

Journey - Don't Stop Believing Lyrics04:11

Journey - Don't Stop Believing Lyrics

GLEE - Don't Stop Believin'01:01

GLEE - Don't Stop Believin'

Don't Stop Believin' Glee HD FULL STUDIO03:53

Don't Stop Believin' Glee HD FULL STUDIO

Glee - Don't Stop Believen' (Acapella)02:31

Glee - Don't Stop Believen' (Acapella)

Glee Live - Don't Stop Believin'03:35

Glee Live - Don't Stop Believin'

Glee live in Staples Center 03:47

Glee live in Staples Center "Don't Stop Believing"

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