First I must say thank you to Prego and the Loon for her post on music that really had me thinking all day. With that said I will say up front that this post will be full of bad puns and cliches so this is your only chance to turn and run.
I remember the very first time I ever saw Jon Bon Jovi, I was in Michigan visiting my great aunt (who is actually the subject of the family history project this year) and I was with my cousin on the boat down the stairs watching videos. Run Away was the video and I was 14, and now at 42 his voice still gives me goose bumps.
This all started today when I was talking about the local radio station that plays Christmas music all day starting the day after Thanksgiving. My favorite Christmas song has always been Baby Please Come Home For Christmas and Jon’s version would be my first choice to listen to. Forty hours a week for how many weeks and I have only heard this song once at work. Crazy, right?Ok…. I am gonna quote Oz from Buffy here and say that anything you read after this is ” a radical interpretation of the text!”
So Walt Disney move on over you get to share the blame a little. I’m gonna talk a little about the only man in the world who can get me to say ain’t! This man also dabbles in the fantasy man department, if you stop singing a long and really listen, well, just well.
The very first video which was Run Away, catholic school girl turned hooker? First I honestly don’t get that thing that most guys seem to have about that little plaid skirt. I have been out of school a really long time and I am just know letting myself wear plaid pajamas. Twelve years of little plaid skirts was long enough for me and my plaid pajamas have sparkles and are Victoria Secret and are soft and comfy so they are allowed.
When I started high school Bon Jovi wasn’t popular yet and I took a lot of slack…Anchovy who? Then slippery when wet came out and how they all jumped on that wagon! If I remember correctly the first release was ‘you give love a bad name’ and the line in question is ” a school boys dream you act so shy, your very first kiss was your first kiss goodbye” Good girls….I think that guys just say that’s what they want. Speaking on behalf of the good girls out there, you want us to be good everywhere but the bedroom. Those of us who were being good never had the chance to be comfortable with our sexuality, so we really are not what you think you want. Tommy and Gina well that’s another story. She’s workin’ for her man, she brings home her pay for love….if you really think about that song how do you picture it ends? I’m pretty sure Tommy starts to feel like the loser he is and emotionally or physically abuses Gina.
My personal down fall is from ‘raise your hands’. “You, you got a nasty reputation, when in a sticky situation is down to me and you. So tell me is it true? They say there ain’t nobody better, well now that we’re together, show me what you can do”…. Trust me you really don’t want to know and if you read my blog than you have the idea.
“If you could see inside my heart than you would understand, I’d never mean to hurt you I’m not that kind of man” Then why do you? Even if you don’t mean to, you are… man up and take responsibility for your actions.
“Cuz a bottle of vodka still lies in my head and some blonde gave me nightmares, think that she’s still in my bed…………but baby you’re all that I need and I wanna lay you down in a bed of roses” If she is all he needs where does the blonde come in and then he refers to the music as his mistress. Last time I checked music couldn’t be blonde.
“I’ll be there for you”-clearly if you listen to the lyrics, you weren’t. “I can promise you tomorrow, but I can’t buy back yesterday.” Why should I believe tomorrow will be any better, when yesterday sucked so bad?
My favorite Bon Jovi song of all time is ‘thank you for loving me’, if it comes on in the car I promise to sing it loudly and badly, always! My favorite line is “when I couldn’t fly, you gave me wings”, believe me when I say no man can ever give you that kind of support.
‘I’m gonna hold you ’till your hurt is gone, I’ll be the shoulder that you’re leanin’ on, I’ll be standing here for the next 100 years. Umm, I have never met a man with that kind of attention span, have you?
I’ll die for you or I’ll swim across the sea for you…..but if I sneeze once, I am dying and can’t get my own tissue. But if you’re sick “what do you mean dinner isn’t ready?”.
In my research of pulling out every cd (except the acoustic cd, I never even bought that one) the truest line I came across was ” you know everything about her, but you don’t know her at all.”
I think that these songs teach the guys how to get a free out of the dog house pass and convince the girls to give him one more chance.
Once upon a time, not so long ago, I had a teeny tiny bit of faith in the male gender…not so much anymore. Funny thing is if I had to pick a new theme song today it would be ‘keep the faith’ without all the love stuff. “I have suffered for my anger in a war that cannot be won”…. that’s my line.
“Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice, standing on the ledge , I’ll show the wind how to fly.When the world gets in my face, I say… Have a nice day” :)!!