Friday, September 23, 2016

New Bon Jovi song Labor of Love #THINFS


Another song from Bon Jovi's upcoming album This House Is Not For Sale is now available. The track's called "Labor of Love". If you pre-ordered the album on iTunes, you should have automatic access to the song. You can also listen to "Labor of Love" on Spotify.



Here's my attempt at transcribing the lyrics:

Smoke stack blowing, there's a fire in the sky
Fahrenheit rising up higher than high
Pressure's building up, sparks are gonna fly
I know where this is going when I look into your eyes
I know where this is going when I look into your eyes

Sweet sweat's rolling down the middle of your spine
Bodies move together, perfect rhythm and time
Baby, say my name, I'll write yours in the sky
Higher than a rocket on the 4th of July
Higher than a rocket on the 4th of July
It's good, it's good, it's good to be alive

It's a full-time job, the work's never done
24/7, it's a labour of love
Yeah, everything I've got, it's all about us
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love

Only fools count treasure in silver and gold
I don't want for nothing that these hands can hold
If you need something done, put it on the list
If I need some sugar, I'll get it from your lips
If I need some sugar, I'll get it from your lips
It's good, it's good, it's good to be alive

It's a full-time job, the work's never done
24/7, it's a labour of love
Yeah, everything I've got, it's all about us
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love

The taste of your lips, every night, every day
I know every curve but it's never the same
If love is a fire, I'd go down in those flames
I wanna die in your arms hearing you say my name
I wanna die in your arms hearing you say my name
I wanna die in your arms hearing you say my name

It's a full-time job, the work's never done
24/7, it's a labour of love
Yeah, everything I've got, it's all about us
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love

It's a full-time job, the work's never done
24/7, it's a labour of love
Give everything I've got, I can't get enough
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love
Baby, this ain't working, it's a labour of love

As usual, any and all corrections are welcome. :)

Jon did a Facebook live Q&A earlier this month in which he compared the new album to Have a Nice Day and These Days. You could hear "Have a Nice Day" in "This House Is Not For Sale"  and perhaps in "Knockout", so I'm guessing "Labor of Love" is one of the songs Jon is thinks would fit on These Days. It reminds me of some of the songs from Burning Bridges personally, and maybe a bit of Destination Anywhere.

What do you think of "Labor of Love"?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

New Bon Jovi song Knockout + #THINFS tracklist

Annnnnd we officially have the "live your life" song that's been on most Bon Jovi albums since 2000. Although who knows, there could be more than one on this album?

Anyway, This House Is Not For Sale, which is due out on 21 October 2016, is now available for pre-order. If you pre-order it on iTunes, you'll get the title track (which came out last month) and a new song called "Knockout".

If you're disinclined to purchase the album at this stage, you can also listen to "Knockout" on Spotify.



Here are the lyrics (I think):

Every day I wake up with my back against the wall
Anytime you get up someone wants to see you fall
If you're afraid to lose it all, you're never gonna win
I'll be giving you the finger and sticking out my chin
Boom boom boom
Here comes the boom boom boom

Here comes the knockout
My time is right now
Turning your lights out
I'm throwing down
Here comes the knockout
Until the last round
I'm throwing down
Go start a fire, go start a fight
No regrets, this is your life (hey)
Here comes the knockout
My time is right now
I'm throwing down

Are you living in a nightmare, are you living in a dream?
Do you stand for something, will you fall for anything?
It's easier to count me out but you can count me in
Coz I'm giving you the finger and sticking out my chin
Boom boom boom
Here comes the boom boom boom

Here comes the knockout
My time is right now
Turning your lights out
I'm throwing down
Here comes the knockout
Until the last round
I'm throwing down
Go start a fire, go start a fight
No regrets, this is your life (hey)
Here comes the knockout
My time is right now
I'm throwing down down down
Down down 
Throwing down down down
Down down

Did you really live your life or did it pass you by?
What's it take to tell yourself you really were alive?
Look me in the eye

Here comes the knockout
My time is right now
Turning your lights out
I'm throwing down
Here comes the knockout
Until the last round
I'm throwing down
Go start a fire, go start a fight
No regrets, this is your life (hey)
Here comes the knockout
My time is right now
I'm throwing down

The lyric I've written as "boom" sounded like "pull" the first couple of times I listened to it, so I don't know how accurate this transcription is.

To be honest, I'm not really digging this one, but maybe it'll grow on me. I don't mind the boxing metaphor.

The track listing for This House Is Not For Sale is as follows:

  1. This House Is Not For Sale
  2. Living with the Ghost
  3. Knockout
  4. Labor of Love
  5. Born Again Tomorrow
  6. Roller Coaster
  7. New Year's Day
  8. The Devil's in the Temple
  9. Scars on This Guitar
  10. God Bless This Mess
  11. Reunion (previously performed for Rutgers University graduates)
  12. Come on up to Our House
    Bonus tracks (Deluxe Edition):
  13. Real Love
  14. All Hail the King
  15. We Don't Run (previously released on Burning Bridges)
  16. I Will Drive You Home
  17. Goodnight New York

I like some of those titles, but I also know better than to judge a song by its title. ;)

Of the two tracks that have been released from the album, which song do you prefer -- "Knockout" or "This House Is Not For Sale"? Or do you love/hate both?

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Richie Sambora on songwriting, RSO and Bon Jovi

First things first. I shared this video on Blame It On The Love's Facebook page two weeks ago, but I'm going to post it here because I think it's really sweet. Even if it was possibly staged for the media. It's the video of Richie Sambora and Orianthi congratulating Bon Jovi on their new single, which was posted on both Facebook and Twitter. Jon (or someone on behalf of Jon) replied on both sites.





Anyway, Richie and Orianthi (aka RSO) are hitting my hometown of Perth next month, and I have tickets so I'm pretty excited. (Funnily enough, a Bon Jovi tribute band from Melbourne is also playing in Perth that night. I'm guessing that show was planned before RSO announced theirs.)

I saw Richie and Ori at Soundwave back in 2014, but it'll be good to see them do their own show rather than a festival this time.

Anyway, Richie was interviewed on Mix 94.5 today. He talked about songwriting, working with Orianthi and producer Bob Rock, and his charity work. Listen to the interview here.

Richie also spoke to News Corp in an article that was published today. He said there was no bad blood between him and Jon, and that he was open to the possibility of a reunion with Bon Jovi:
“There’s no malice. Jon and I talked just a week ago. Everything is cool. They’re on a different trajectory, I’m on a different path. Plus I wanted to go out and sing.
“People conjugate a story that there’s problems. No. You spend 30 something years in a band. That’s a long time. Not a lot of bands have that kind of longevity. We weren’t a band who took any breaks. The Rolling Stones or U2 will take three years off so they have a life, we didn’t really do that ever. The 30 years we put in probably felt like 50 years.”
He also described the upcoming RSO album as "Sonny and Cher on steroids". Read the full article here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

This House Is Not For Sale music video


Bon Jovi's new music video for "This House Is Not For Sale" has officially dropped. As the teasers on their Facebook page suggested, both Phil X and Hugh McDonald are in the video. The video also comes with closed captions on YouTube, with what I would assume are the official lyrics (so you can compare them with the transcribed version I came up with last night).

Anyway, here is the video for "This House Is Not For Sale":

 


And the correct lyrics:

These four walls have got a story to tell
The door is off the hinges, there's no wish in the well
Outside the sky is coal black, the streets are on fire
The picture window's cracked and there's nowhere to run
I know, I know
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and the dream don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

Drove a spike into the ground and I staked my claim
Standing on the dirt where they'll dig my grave
Now what built these walls is in my veins
No time for looking back, the wolf is at the door
This heart, this soul
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and the dream don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

This house was built on trust
That's what it is and always was
No wrecking ball could knock it down
This house was built on higher ground

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and the dream don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home 
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home
This house is not for sale

I'll admit, I was a little on the fence about the song when I heard it last night. It reminded me of Have a Nice Day, which is not necessarily a bad thing because that album probably saved my life when it came out. But I'm not the same person I was back then. 

Seeing this video made me smile, though. I don't know exactly why, but I'm starting to feel a certain excitement that's been missing for me the past couple of years. I don't know what this "new" Bon Jovi has come up with, or if the new album will provide the soundtrack for the next stage of my life, but I'm looking forward to finding out.

What do you think of the song and/or video?

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This House Is Not For Sale debuts on BBC Radio 2

Bon Jovi's new single "This House Is Not For Sale" officially comes out tomorrow, but it just made its debut on BBC Radio 2. (It starts at about the 02:04 mark of this program if you want to listen.)

I've transcribed the lyrics as I heard them below. Some of it is probably wrong, so if you heard something different, just leave your correction in the comments. :)

EDIT: The official video is out... and it includes closed captions! As predicted, we did get some of the words wrong, but I will leave this version here so you can see how close or far off the mark we were. :P

These four walls have got a story to tell
The door is off the hinges, there's no wish in the well
Outside the sky is coal black, the streets are on fire
The picture window is cracked and there's nowhere to run
I know, I know
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and my dreams don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

This world is packing to the ground and I stake my claim
Standing in the dirt where they'll dig my grave
And I have built these walls, it's in my veins
No time for looking back for hope is out the door
This heart, this soul
This house is not for sale

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and my dreams don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home

This house was built on trust
That's what it is in all these words
No wrecking ball can knock it down
This house was built on higher ground

I set each stone and I hammered each nail
This house is not for sale
Where memories live and my dreams don't fail
This house is not for sale
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home 
Coming home
I'm coming home
Coming home
I'm coming home
This house is not for sale

What do you think of the track?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Has Bon Jovi made Phil and Hugh "official"?

The big news coming from the Bon Jovi camp in the last few days is confirmation that their new single "This House Is Not For Sale" will be released on August 12, along with the accompanying music video.

But take a look at what is presumably the single cover.



We see Tico Torres, Jon Bon Jovi, and David Bryan -- the three remaining founding members -- front and centre. But flanking them are Phil X and Hugh McDonald. I don't know if that means they are "official" members now, but it is nice to see them recognised. I will always have a special place in my heart for Richie Sambora but he made his decision. And it's always bugged me that Huey has played with Bon Jovi for longer than Alec John Such ever did, yet he still wasn't considered a proper member of the band.

Although, I did notice this on the About section of Bon Jovi's Facebook page...


Does that mean Phil is official after a couple of tours, but Huey still isn't after more than two decades?! This makes me want to start a bass player rights movement or something. :P