Bon Jovi Songs with Contradicting Lyrics and Themes: Feat. It's My Life, Hey God, Living on a Prayer and More

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Trivia for several Bon Jovi songs with contradicting themes featuring lyrics and videos for Keep the Faith, These Days, Hey God, It's my life, Living on a Prayer and more.

Sometimes songs that carry the exact opposite meanings can either come from the same artist’s different albums or a different artist from the similar genre. This factoidz explores the contradicting Bon Jovi songs.

The faith theme in Bon Jovi records were discussed in the factoidz 3 Rock Bands, 4 Songs, 2 Song Titles: Feat. Poison, Bon Jovi and Hammerfall and it included the lyrics as well as the recording of their 1995 song “Something to Believe in”. Below are the sample lyrics from Bon Jovi songs that are about holding on to faith, life and each other:

Living on a Prayer - 1986 - from the album Slippery When Wet

Living on a Prayer starts with the story of Tommy and Gina, a couple trying their best to survive financially and holding on to each other during the tough times.

Sample Lyrics:

“She says we've got to hold on to what we've got

'Cause 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

Whooah, we're half way there

Livin' on a prayer

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

Livin' on a prayer”

Keep the Faith- 1992 – from the album Keep the Faith


“Everybody needs somebody to love

(mother, mother)

Everybody needs somebody to hate

(please believe me)

Everybody's bitching

'cause they can't get enough

And it's hard to hold on

When there's no one to lean on

Faith: you know you're gonna live thru the rain

Lord you got to keep the faith

Faith: don't let your love turn to hate

Right now we got to

Keep the faith”

It’s my life - 2000 – from the album Crush

“It’s my life” is the opening number from the 2000 Bon Jovi album Crush and its lyrics are like a sequel to the 1986 hit “Living on a Prayer”. “It’s my life” also includes Tommy and Gina in the lyrics, referencing to the fact that he held on just like they did.


"This ain't a song for the broken -hearted

No silent prayer for the faith-departed

I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd

You're gonna hear my voice

When I shout it out loud

It's my life

It's now or never

I ain't gonna live forever

I just want to live while I'm alive

(It's my life)

My heart is like an open highway

Like Frankie said I did it my way

I just wanna live while I'm alive

It's my life”

* Below are the contradicting Bon Jovi songs – the songs that show lack of faith and pessimism.

Hey God - 1995 - from the album These Days

Hey God is a rebellion towards God, telling different stories about the people from the more unfortunate walks of life.


“Hey God, I'm just a little man got a wife and family

But I almost lost the house

Yeah, I bought into the dream

We're barely holdin' on, when I'm in way to deep

We're two paychecks away from living out on the streets

She's a workin' single mom, like a Saint she doesn't complain

She never says a word, but she thinks that she's to blame

Her son just got convicted, he blew some punk away

She did her best to raise him, but the world got in the way

Hey God - Tell me what the hell is going on

Seems like all the good shits gone

It keeps on getting harder hanging on

Hey God, there's nights you know I want to scream

These days you've even harder to believe

I know how busy you must be, but Hey God...

Do you ever think about me”

(As) my guitar lies bleeding in my arms-1995- from the album These Days

"My Guitar Lies Bleeding in my Arms” is all about a depressed mindset, especially obvious in the words: “Staring out the window, it's such a long way down. I'd like to jump, but I'm afraid to hit the ground”


Misery likes company, I like the way that sounds

I've been trying to find the meaning, so I can write it down

Staring out the window, it's such a long way down

I'd like to jump, but I'm afraid to hit the ground

“I can't write a love song the way I feel today

I can't sing no song of hope, I got nothing to say

Life is feeling kind of strange, since you went away

I sing this song to you wherever you are

As my guitar lies bleeding in my arms

I'm tired of watching TV, it makes me want to scream

Outside the world is burning, man it's so hard to believe

Each day you know you're dying from the cradle to the grave

I get so numb sometimes, that I can't feel the pain

I can't write a love song the way I feel today

I can't sing no song of hope I've got nothing to say

Life is feeling kind of strange, it's strange enough these days

I send this song to you, whoever you are

As my guitar lies bleeding in my arms”





Pinar Tarhan
Posted on Nov 14, 2010
Felisa Daskeo
Posted on Nov 14, 2010