Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

Radio 56, side A, track 1: “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi, #16 on The Top 90 of the ’80s

Bon Jovi - Livin On A PrayerOh, Bon Jovi, BOOM!  Hells yes this song made it onto the countdown!  Which is the exact same reaction I had when another of your songs showed up on here.  But unlike your song says, we’re not halfway there.  We’re way more than halfway there.  There are only 15 songs left on the countdown.  This was just the beginning of this tape, Bon Jovi, and already it’s been anointed with awesomeness.  This was the tape that would wrap up a night where I recorded over 90 songs, back to back to back.  You figure each song’s about 4 minutes, I recorded 90 of them, plus commercials, I’m guessing I spent 8 straight hours sitting in front of my stereo, hunched over the Play/Record buttons to make sure I didn’t miss a second.  And now here I am, hunched over a laptop, writing obsessively about the songs I recorded obsessively 30 years ago.

I don’t know what it means, Bon Jovi.  And I don’t care.  Because every time I hit the Play button on here and get to hear songs like this one again, because this blog gives me an excuse to just sit and listen to some music, the countless hours I’ve spent on this project are absolutely worth it.  Right?  Yes!  Now make that guitar talk again, Bon Jovi!!!

“Livin’ On A Prayer”

<awesome Bon Jovi jam>

Once upon a time
Not so long ago

Tommy used ta work on the docks

Union been on strike
He’s down on his luck, it’s tough

So tough

Gina works the diner all day

Workin’ for her man
She brings home her pay for love

Mmm, for love

She says we gotta hold on
To what we’ve got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We got each other
And that’s a lot for love

We’ll give it a shot

Ohhhhh, we’re halfway there
Ohhh-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand
We’ll make it I swear
Ohhhh-oh, livin’ on a prayer

Tommy’s got his six-string in hock

Now he’s holdin’ in
What he used ta make it talk so tough

Mmm, it’s tough

Gina dreams’a runnin’ away

She cries in the night, Tommy whispers
“Baby, it’s okaaaay”

“Soooome day”

We gotta hold on
To what we’ve got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We got each other
And that’s a lot for love

We’ll give it a shot

Ohhhhh, we’re halfway there
Ohhh-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand
We’ll make it I swear
Ohhhh-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Livin’ on a prayer

<awesome Bon Jovi jam>

Oooo, we gotta hold on
Ready or not
Ya live for the fight when that’s all thatchoo’ve got
Whooooaaa, we’re halfway there
Whoa-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it I swear
Whoa-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Ohhhhh, we’re halfway there
Whoa-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand and we’ll make it I swear
Whoa-oh, livin’ on a prayer
Whooooaaa, we’re halfway there
Whoa-oh, livin’ on a prayer

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