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Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer



"Livin' on a Prayer" is a song by the American rock band Bon Jovi, and is the band's second chart-topping single from their third album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child, the single, released in late 1986.


The first version of this song, which can be discovered as a hidden track on 100,000,000 Bon Jovi Fans Can't Be Wrong, did not sit well with Jon Bon Jovi. Lead guitarist Richie Sambora, on the other hand, persuaded him that the song was decent, and they rewrote it to include it on Slippery When Wet, adding a new bassline, various drum fills, and the usage of a talk box.


The song spent two weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, from January 31 to February 14, 1987, and four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, from February 14 to March 14. It also hit number four on the UK Singles Chart.



Lyrics


Once upon a time not so long ago


Tommy used to work on the docks

Union's been 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 half-way there

Whoa, livin' on a prayer

Take my hand, we'll make it. I swear

Whoa, livin' on a prayer


Tommy's got his six string in hock

Now he's holding in

What he used to make it talk

So tough, it's tough


Gina dreams of running away

When she cries in the night

Tommy whispers

"Baby, it's okay, someday


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 half-way there

Whoa, livin' on a prayer

Take my hand and we'll make it. I swear

Whoa, livin' on a prayer


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, we're half-way there

Whoa, livin' on a prayer

Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear

Whoa, livin' on a prayer


Whoa, we're half-way there

Whoa, livin' on a prayer

Take my hand and we'll make it, I swear

Whoa, livin' on a prayer



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