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Poison - Something To Believe In

Poison - Something To Believe In - Meaning of the song

On Christmas Eve 1989, Poison lead singer Bret Michaels' huge Polynesian bodyguard died alone in his Palm Springs hotel room. His name was Kimo, and much like the rest of the band, he became heavily involved with alcohol, drugs, and women, which had taken a toll on his health. Kimo was also a personal friend of Michaels and when the Poison vocalist was informed of his mate's death, he reacted by locking himself in his room and writing this song. Kimo can be seen in the video.

This song is not only about Kimo, but also Bret's cousin Bob who was wounded in Vietnam. Michaels said:

"All the songs I write have a bazillion verses. 'Something to Believe In' is one of the only songs to get played on radio that's over six minutes long. There's an acoustic version somewhere that's 28 minutes long."

In 2003, Poison recorded an acoustic version with new lyrics. It was included on their Best of Ballads & Blues album.

Something to believe in - Lyrics

Well I see him on the TV preachin' 'bout the promised lands

He tells me to believe in Jesus

And steals the money from my hands

Some say he was a good man

But Lord I think he sinned, yeah

Twenty-two years of mental tears

Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet

Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore

To find his country didn't want him back

Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon

Our lawyers took his wife and kids, no regrets

In a time I don't remember, in a war he can't forget

He cried "Forgive me for what I've done there

Cause I never meant the things I did"

And give me something to believe in if there's a Lord above

And give me something to believe in Oh, Lord arise

My best friend died a lonely man

In some Palm Springs hotel room

I got the call last Christmas Eve

And they told me the news

I tried all night not to break down and cry

As the tears rolled down my face

I felt so cold and empty

Like a lost soul out of place

And the mirror mirror on the wall sees my smile it fades again

Sometimes I wish to God I didn't know now

The things I didn't know then road you gotta take me home

I drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street

Like bodies in an open grave

Underneath the broken old neon sign

That used to read JESUS SAVES

A mile away live the rich folks

And I see how they're living it up

While the poor they eat from hand to mouth

The rich is drinking from a golden cup

And it just makes me wonder why so many lose, so few win

You take the high road and I'll take the low road

Sometimes I wish to God I didn't know now

The things I didn't know then

And give me something to believe in

Poison - Something To Believe In - Live


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