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Encyclopedia > Livin' on a Prayer
“Livin' on a Prayer”
“Livin' on a Prayer” cover
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Slippery When Wet
B-side "Wild in the Streets"/"Edge of a Broken Heart"
Released 1986
Format CD Single
Recorded 1986
Genre Glam Metal
Hard Rock
Heavy Metal
Arena rock
Length 4:09
Label Mercury Records
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child
Producer Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"You Give Love a Bad Name"
(1986)
"Livin' on a Prayer"
(1987)
"Wanted Dead or Alive"
(1987)
Audio sample
Info (help· info)

"Livin' on a Prayer" is Bon Jovi's second single from their Slippery When Wet album. The song is now considered a classic, a cornerstone of the long-running success of Bon Jovi, and is considered to be the band's signature song. Image File history File links Bon-Jovi-Livin-On-A-Prayer-505. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Alternate cover Original banned wet T-shirt cover Singles from Slippery When Wet Released: 1986 Released: 1986 Released: 1987 Released: 1987 Slippery When Wet is the third studio album by Bon Jovi released on August 18, 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... A CD single is a music single in the form of a compact disc. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Glam metal is a sub-genre of heavy metal music that arose in the late 1970s - early 1980s in the United States. ... Hard Rock redirects here. ... Heavy metals, in chemistry, are chemical elements of a particular range of atomic weights. ... Arena rock, also called stadium rock or anthem rock, is a loosely-defined term describing a rock era. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. ... Richard Stephen Sambora (born on July 11th, 1959), is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who is the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi. ... Desmond Child Desmond Child (born 28 October 1953, Miami, Florida, USA) has worked as a music performer and songwriter. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Bruce Fairbairn press photo Bruce Earl Fairbairn (born in Vancouver, Canada on December 30, 1949, died May 17, 1999) was a music producers who was prominent during the 1980s and 1990s, producing songs for bands such as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Loverboy. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... You Give Love a Bad Name is a song written by Jon Bon Jovi about a nameless woman who has jilted her lover. ... Alternate cover Japanese Cover Audio sample Wanted Dead or Alive is a song from Bon Jovis 1986 album Slippery When Wet. ... Image File history File links Bon_Jovi-_Livin'_On_A_Prayer. ... Image File history File links Bon_Jovi-_Livin'_On_A_Prayer. ... Bon Jovi is a hard rock band originating from Sayreville, New Jersey. ... Alternate cover Original banned wet T-shirt cover Singles from Slippery When Wet Released: 1986 Released: 1986 Released: 1987 Released: 1987 Slippery When Wet is the third studio album by Bon Jovi released on August 18, 1986 (see 1986 in music). ... A signature song is the one song (or, in some cases, one of a few songs) that a popular and well-established singer, or band, is most closely identified with, even if they have had success with a variety of songs. ...


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 became their signature song, spending four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. It also hit number four on the UK singles chart. Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. ... In the field of recorded music, a hidden track is a piece of music which has been placed on a Compact Disc, audio cassette, vinyl record or other recorded medium in such a way as to avoid detection by the casual listener. ... 100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Cant Be Wrong is box set by Bon Jovi, released in 2004 (see 2004 in music) on Island Records. ... Richard Stephen Sambora (born on July 11th, 1959), is an American rock guitarist, singer and songwriter who is the lead guitarist of the rock band Bon Jovi. ... A signature song is the one song (or, in some cases, one of a few songs) that a popular and well-established singer, or band, is most closely identified with, even if they have had success with a variety of songs. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ...


When Bon Jovi plays the song in concert, they frequently end it with the guitar riff from Derek and the Dominos' version of "Little Wing". Derek and the Dominos were a blues-rock supergroup formed in the spring of 1970 by guitarist and singer Eric Clapton with Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle and Jim Gordon, who had all played with him in Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. ... Little Wing is a song written by Jimi Hendrix. ...


After the attacks of September 11th, 2001—in which New Jersey was the second-hardest hit state after New York, suffering hundreds of casualties among both WTC workers and first responders—the band performed an acoustic version of this song for The Concert for New York City. The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks carried out in the United States on September 11, 2001. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see World Trade Center (disambiguation). ... First responder is a term used by national authorities for local law enforcement, local Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), local firemen and fire rescue. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 2006, online voters rated "Livin' On A Prayer" #1 on VH1's list of "The 100 Greatest Songs of the '80s". More recently, in New Zealand, "Livin' On A Prayer" was #1 on the C4 music channel show's "U Choose 40", on the 80's Icons list. It was also #1 on the "Sing-a-long Classics List". On January 28, 2008, Livin' on a Prayer re-entered the official New Zealand RIANZ singles chart at number 24, over twenty years after it was first released. [1] VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994 and VH1: Music First until 2003) is an American digital television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently... is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) is a non-profit trade association of record producers, distributors and recording artists in New Zealand. ...

Contents

Lyrical interpretation

The song is about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina, who struggle to make ends meet and maintain their relationship.


This is the first time that Sambora used the talk box as a lead instrument. A talk box is a effects device that allows a musician to modify the sound of a musical instrument. ...


The first verse of the song appears to be about their younger days; Tommy "used to work on the docks" but the "union's been on strike, he's down on his luck". Gina works at a diner, "'workin' for her man".


The second verse appears to be set much later. Gina "dreams of running away" implying that they have once again fallen on hard times.


Some have interpreted the lyrics to be anti-labor-union, as the striking labor union seems to be the catalyst for the troubled chain of events for Tommy and Gina. However, others have pointed out that the song does not clarify the circumstances behind the strike, and that the rest of the song does not appear to have a political message. A union (labor union in American English; trade union, sometimes trades union, in British English; either labour union or trade union in Canadian English) is a legal entity consisting of employees or workers having a common interest, such as all the assembly workers for one employer, or all the workers...


"I wrote that song during the Reagan era and the trickle-down economics are really inspirational to writing songs...." - Jon Bon Jovi [1] Reagan redirects here. ... Trickle-down economics and trickle-down theory, in political rhetoric, are characterizations by opponents of the policy of lowering taxes on high incomes and business activity. ...


Music video

The video for the song featured shots of the band rehearsing, then playing in front of a crowd. The first half of the video when the band is rehearsing is black and white, and the second half of the video, onstage, is in color.


In the beginning of the video, Jon Bon Jovi has a harness attached, and later in the music video he "soars" over the crowd by overhead wires.


The music video was recorded at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. The Mayo Civic Center is a 7,200-seat multi-purpose arena in Rochester, Minnesota. ... Coordinates: , Country State County Olmsted Founded 1854 Government  - Mayor Ardell Brede Area  - Total 39. ...


References in other songs

Bon Jovi made several references to lyrics in "Livin' on a Prayer" in subsequent songs.

  • In the 1988 song "99 in the Shade" from New Jersey, Jon Bon Jovi sings "Somebody even tells me Tommy's comin' down tonight, if Gina says it's alright," referring to the characters of "Livin' on a Prayer"
  • In the 1992 song "Fear" from Keep the Faith, Jon Bon Jovi sings "take my hand, I know we'll make it", similar to the line from "Livin' on a Prayer", "take my hand, we'll make it, I swear." The two songs share similar themes.
  • Jon Bon Jovi has said that the 1995 Bon Jovi song "Lie to Me" from These Days is about the characters Tommy and Gina, although they are not mentioned explicitly in the song[citation needed]
  • In the 2000 hit single "It's My Life" from Crush is the line "this is for the ones who stood their ground, for Tommy and Gina, who never backed down", again referring to the fictional characters. Additionally, in the music video, it is revealed the lead male character is named "Tommy" when his mother calls on him to take out the trash.
  • In the 2005 song "Novocaine" from Have a Nice Day, "Livin on a Prayer" is referenced in the line "there's a different kind of meaning now to livin' on a prayer."

Some other bands referenced Tommy and Gina in their songs, too. Singles from New Jersey Released: 1988 Released: 1988 Released: 1989 Released: 1989 Released: 1989 Bon Jovis fourth album, New Jersey was released on September 13, 1988. ... Bon Jovis fifth album Keep the Faith was released in November 1992. ... Singles from These Days Released: 1995 Released: 1995 Released: 1995 Released: 1996 Released: 1996 These Days is Bon Jovis sixth studio album, and was released in June 27, 1995. ... Its My Life is Bon Jovis first single from the album Crush. ... Bon Jovis seventh studio album, Crush, was released on June 13, 2000 (see 2000 in music). ... Have a Nice Day is Bon Jovis 9th studio album. ...

  • Bowling for Soup's Punk Rock 101 includes the lyric "Like Tommy and Gina/They're livin' on a prayer".
  • Blink-182's The Rock Show includes the lyrics "She's the one, she'll always be there/She took my hand and that made it, I swear", similar to Livin' on a Prayer's "Take my hand and we'll make it - I swear"

Bowling for Soup is an American Grammy nominated, comedy influenced pop-punk band who originally formed in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1994. ... Punk Rock 101 is a song by Texas pop-punk band Bowling For Soup. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... The Rock Show is the first single from Blink-182s 2001 album Take off Your Pants and Jacket. ...

Covers

Bon Jovi have themselves reworked the song several times, including an acoustic live version that served as a precursor to the MTV Unplugged series and a re-recorded version of the song, "Prayer '94", which appeared on U.S. versions of their Cross Roads hits collection. But the song has had a life of its own beyond the band, particularly in several dance music incarnations. Stellar Kart covered the song for their first album, All Gas. No Brake. The Audition recorded a version for Kerrang!'s CD Higher Voltage (June 07). Disco singer Hazell Dean, popular in the UK in the '80s, recorded Hi-NRG/Trance remixes of the song, released on Academy Street Records in 1999. Jordan James recorded his own version, and released a slew of remixes of the song on the Robbins Entertainment label which charted on the U.S. Dance charts in 2004. Other dance versions of the song have been recorded by Topmodelz, Groove Coverage, and Heavydance. MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing popular musical artists playing acoustic instruments. ... Cross Roads may refer to: Cross Roads, Texas Cross Roads, Pennsylvania See also: Crossroads This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Stellar Kart is a four piece Christian pop punk band from Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Brian Calcara is originally from Iowa. ... For the 1999 Japanese film by Takashi Miike, see Audition (1999 film) For the 1963 Czech film by MiloÅ¡ Forman, see Audition (1963 film) For the short film featuring Hillary Swank, see The Audition (short film) For the pop-punk band, see theAudition (band) Categories: ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... Hazell Dean in 1991 Hazell Dean (born October 27, 1956 in Great Baddow, Essex) is an English dance music singer, composer and producer. ... Hi-NRG (High Energy) is a type of electronic dance music which emerged and then became popular in nightclubs in the early 1980s. ... Trance is a style of electronic music that developed in the 1990s. ... Jordan James (born May 24th, 1980) is an Welsh Rugby League player who currently plays for English club Wigan Warriors in the Super League competition. ...


The song has been a popular karaoke and wedding band song and has been attempted by numerous contestants in the various worldwide Pop Idol competitions and similar talent contest shows. The song was sung by American Idol season 6 winner Jordin Sparks on May 1, 2007 as her pick for Bon Jovi week on the show. The performance was considered one of her worst ever on the show. American Idol season 7 contestant David Cook auditioned with the song. The song was sung also on Australian Idol, Season One, by runner-up Shannon Noll. It was considered one of his better performances. There's even an oompah version in 3/4 time by UK oompah band Oompah Brass [2] featured on their 2008 album Oompocalypse Now [3]. This article is about the British television series. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ... This article is about the singer. ... For the current American Idol season, see American Idol (season 7). ...


Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" in popular culture

New Jersey is the only state in the union without an official state anthem, but Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" is cited by many, after Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run, as a sort of unofficial anthem. "Livin' on a Prayer" was one of the theme songs for the 2004 presidential campaign of Democrat John Kerry. This article is about the U.S. state. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... Born to Run is a rock album by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, released in 1975 (see 1975 in music). ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ...


That same year, "Livin' on a Prayer" was the "theme song" for the 2004 Boston Red Sox after their historic comeback in the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees. During halftime at Philadelphia Soul arena football games, the song is played, paying tribute to their owner Jon Bon Jovi. For a commercial about the Arena Football League that Bon Jovi did with John Elway, he asks the quarterback who is suiting up to go into the fictional game. "What? Are you living in the past?" To which Elway says, "Better than living on a prayer." The song is often played during Chicago White Sox home games, during an offensive rally when the Sox need a big clutch hit. It usually draws an enthusiastic crowd response. The song has been performed by many college marching bands including at Auburn University, Purdue University, Notre Dame, the University of Michigan, Boston College, George Mason University, Penn State, Eastern Michigan University, and Columbia University and it is frequently a crowd favorite. The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... John Albert Elway, Jr. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, 16, 19, 42, 72 Name Chicago White Sox (1904–present) (Chicago) White Stockings (1901-1903 *From 1900 to 1903, the official name did not contain the city name of Chicago... The Auburn University Marching Band (AUMB) is the marching band of Auburn University and the 2004 recipient of the Sudler Intercollegiate Marching Band Trophy. ... Purdue redirects here. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM, U-M or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Education in Boston, MA. Boston College (BC) is a private university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, in the New England region of the United States. ... George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a large public university in the United States. ... Eastern Michigan University is a comprehensive, co-educational public university located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. ... The Columbia University Marching Band The Columbia University Marching Band (CUMB) has performed for Columbia University since 1904. ...


The song's chorus was used in an old Filipino Zesto orange juice commercial in the 1990s. It went, "Cool and refreshing, that's the way to go-o. Oh! Way to go, Zesto!". For other uses, see Orange juice (disambiguation). ...


Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer" was featured in the film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, and appears on its soundtrack album. A brief a cappella set of "Livin' on a Prayer" was included as part of the November 7th, 2007, episode of the TV show Gilmore Girls. Gilmore Girls is a long-running, Emmy Award winning, and Golden Globe nominated American television drama/comedy created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. ...


Chart succession

References

  1. ^ RIANZ
Preceded by
"Open Your Heart" by Madonna
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
February 14, 1987- March 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"Jacob's Ladder" by Huey Lewis & the News
Preceded by
"C'est La Vie" by Robbie Nevil
United World Chart number one single
February 28, 1987March 7, 1987
Succeeded by
"I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)" by Aretha Franklin and George Michael
The New Jersey Syndicate Tour, Jersey Syndicate Tour, New Jersey Syndicate Brotherhood Tour, or New Jersey Tour, was a concert tour by American hard rock band Bon Jovi that ran from 1988 to 1990. ... These Days Tour 1995 Leg 1 (India,Taiwan, Filipinas, Indonisia, South Korea, Malyse, Japan, Singapure, Thailand) 04/26/95 Andheri Stadium Bombay,india 04/28/95 Fottball Stadium Taipei,taiwan 04/30/95 Araneta Stadium Manilla, filipinas 05/02/95 Army Stadium Bangok,thailand 05/04/95 Shahlaam Stadium Kuala... The One Wild Night Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. ... The Bounce Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. ... The Have A Nice Day Tour was a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi. ... The Lost Highway Tour is a worldwide concert tour by American rock band Bon Jovi, currently taking place in support of their tenth studio album Lost Highway. ... This page is a discography for the rock band Bon Jovi. ... Tony Bongiovi is a record producer. ... Bruce Fairbairn press photo Bruce Earl Fairbairn (born in Vancouver, Canada on December 30, 1949, died May 17, 1999) was a music producers who was prominent during the 1980s and 1990s, producing songs for bands such as Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Loverboy. ... Desmond Child Desmond Child (born 28 October 1953, Miami, Florida, USA) has worked as a music performer and songwriter. ... For the Christian heavy metal singer, see Rob Rock. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... Andreas Carlsson is a Swedish music producer and pop songwriter. ... Patrick Raymond Leonard (born 1955 or 1956) is an American songwriter, keyboardist and music producer, known for his longtime collaboration with Madonna on many different recordings. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ...

 
 

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