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Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

Livin' on a Prayer

Slippery When Wet
rock 80s bon jovi classic rock hard rock


'Livin' on a Prayer' is Bon Jovi's second single from their "Slippery When Wet" album. The song is considered the band's signature song. This is the first time that Sambora used the talk box as a lead instrument. Jon Bon Jovi did not like the original recording of this song, which can be found as a hidden track on "100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong". Richie Sambora convinced him the song was good, and they reworked it and included it on their "Slippery When Wet" album. It spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. and two weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It also hit number four on the UK singles chart. In 2006., online voters rated 'Livin' On A Prayer' #1 on VH1's "list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s". When Bon Jovi play this song in concert, they frequently end it with the guitar riff from Derek and the Dominos' version of 'Little Wing'.


Bon Jovi is a hard rock band from Sayreville, New Jersey. Fronted by lead singer and namesake Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), the group originally achieved large-scale success in the 80s. Over the past 25 years, the band has sold over 120 million albums worldwide, 34 million of those sales being in the U.S. alone, making them one of the most successful modern groups of all time. They continue to have widely popular tours. Bon Jovi formed in 1983. Show more ...

Livin' on a Prayer - Bon Jovi

[Once upon a time, not so long ago]

Tommy used to work on the docks
The union went on strike
He's down on his luck, it's tough
So tough

Gina works the diner all day
Working for her man
She brings home her pay for love
For love

She says we've gotta hold on to what we've got
It doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
We've got each other, and that's a lot
For love - we'll give it a shot

Whoa, we're halfway there
Whoa, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear
Whoa, livin' on a prayer

Tommy's threw his six-string in hock
Now he's holding in
What he used to make talk so tough
So tough

Gina dreams of running away
[Yes, she does]
She cries every night
Tommy whispers, "Baby, it's okay... someday"

We've gotta hold on to what we've got
Doesn't make a difference if we make it or not
We've got each other, and that's a lot
For love - we'll give it a shot

Whoa, we're halfway there
Oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear
Oh, livin' on a prayer

We're livin' on a prayer

We've gotta hold on, ready or not
You live for the fight when it's all that you've got
Whoa

And I say, whoa, we're halfway there
Oh, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear
Oh, livin' on a prayer

And oh, we're halfway there
Whoa, livin' on a prayer
Take my hand, we'll make it, I swear
Oh, livin' on a prayer

Tommy used to work on the docks
The union went on strike
He's down on his luck, it's tough
Hey Tommy, it's tough



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