Song Lyric Sunday – 8 August 2021 – Livin’ on a Prayer

Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week the prompt is to find a song that may include, or reference, one of the following: Fate, Fortune, or Luck.

If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.

Livin’ on a Prayer was released on 31 October 1986 as the second single from Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” album.

The song tells us of Tommy, an unemployed dock worker who is “down on his luck”. He’s having a hard time earning enough to survive and is supported by his partner, Gina. She “works the diner all day” supporting him. But the overall implication is that she is a low-paid worker, and her income is insufficient to support them both.  Sadly a familiar story to so many people now!

Read more at: https://www.songmeaningsandfacts.com/bon-jovis-livin-on-a-prayer-lyrics-meaning/

Here are two versions for your delight.  The original official music video:

and a cover version by Sershen&Zaritskaya which I think is excellent:

I hope you enjoy them both.

Livin’ on a Prayer

Bon Jovi

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 got to 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

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, 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 got to 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

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Livin’ on a prayer

Oh, we’ve got to hold on, ready or not
You live for the fight when it’s all that you’ve got
Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Jon Bon Jovi / Desmond Child / Richard S. Sambora

Livin’ on a Prayer lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – 8 August 2021 – Livin’ on a Prayer

  1. I think this is the only Jon Bon Jovi song that I know and it was his biggest hit. Thanks for sharing this Peter. If you are half way there, then is the glass half empty or half full? The cover by S&Z was great. What kind of instrument requires you to suck on a tube?

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  2. Great song choice, Peter! I enjoyed both vids!
    I’ve heard Jon Bon Jovi interviewed several times. He’s a very nice, gracious man. He does a lot of charitable work including work for his own foundation…
    https://jbjsf.org/
    When I think of him, or hear him sing, I always smile.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂
    PS…How you doing today, Peter?!

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  3. aisasami

    This is the Bon Jovi I like! This song (and this decade in their discography) is awesome! I hated their 2000 song (I forgot what it was because it was so annoying), maybe because it was played everywhere.

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