Livin' on a Prayer (4:09)

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‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ is Bon Jovi’s second single from their “Slippery When Wet” album. The song is considered the band’s signature song. This is the first time that Sambora used the talk box as a lead instrument.

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 spent four weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1987. and two weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It also hit number four on the UK singles chart. In 2006., online voters rated ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’ #1 on VH1’s “list of The 100 Greatest Songs of the ’80s”.

When Bon Jovi play this song in concert, they frequently end it with the guitar riff from Derek and the Dominos’ version of ‘Little Wing’.


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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

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