Kristina
Recording Artist: Rick Springfield
Writers: Rick Springfield
Jim Vallance
Date Written: started 1978 / modified 1981
Albums: Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982)
Legendary/Import (2003)
Written In Rock: The Rick Springfield Anthology (2005)
Audio:
 
Rick Springfield: vocal, guitar
Tim Pierce and/or Charles Sandford: guitar
Alan Pasqua: keyboards
Dennis Belfield: bass
Mike Baird: drums
Backing vocals: Richard Page, Tom Kelly, Rick Springfield
 
Produced by Keith Olsen.  Recorded by Chris Minto at Goodnight LA, Van Nuys, California
Additional Audio-1: Jamaica / home demo recording, 1978
 
 
Jim Vallance: all instruments and vocals
Additional Audio-2: Jamaica / BTO studio recording, 1979
 
 
Jim Clench: vocal, bass
Fred Turner: guitar
Blair Thornton: guitar
Robbie Bachman: drums
Jim Vallance: guitar
Comments:
Rick Springfield >
(photo: Renata Hearn)
"Written In Rock"
Anthology CD
In 1978 I wrote a song called "Jamaica". Bruce Allen, Bryan Adams' manager, played the song for one of his other acts, BTO, who recorded the song for their 1979 album "Rock 'N Roll Nights".

A few years later "Jamaica" came to the attention of singer Rick Springfield.  Rick's guitarist Tim Pierce knew Colleen Donovan, who worked for my Los Angeles publisher. That's how I've always believed it came about. But according to the liner notes from Rick's 2005 "Anthology" CD, it was another guitarist who introduced Rick to the song:

Rick Springfield:  I was sitting on a plane with Paul Kingery, the guitar player who was with me in the early 80's, and we were listening to a bunch of demos sent to me.  I remember Paul leaning over me and saying "Listen to this song".  It was a song called "Jamaica", written by Jim Vallance.  I heard it and went, "Well, the melody is great but I can't get into the words".  So I wrote a different set of lyrics. 

I wrote some songs later in the 90's with Jim, and he said "Kristina" was the first song he ever had on a hit record.  I love Jim; he's a great writer.  We had a hit in Europe with a song we wrote together called "Haven't I Been Good To You".
Lyrics: Counting the headlights passing two by two
Searching the stream of steel and chrome
I'm looking for love, I know you're looking too
So rev up your heart and take me home

A wish and a prayer won't get me there tonight
Longing to hold you

Kristina, take me away
Take me away with you
Kristina, I'm wasting away
I wanna be with you

Kristina, take me away
Take me away with you
Kristina, I'm wasting away
I wanna be with you

I know you like to drive it hard and fast
You tear up the speed zone in my heart
Just give me one night to prove our love can last
I can make love a work of art

A wish and a prayer won't get me there tonight
Longing to hold you

Kristina, take me away
Take me away with you
Kristina, I'm wasting away
I wanna be with you