Song Lyric Sunday #6

This is my response to Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday Challenge, a man after my own heart as he posts the themes well in advance. This week’s prompt is Above/Below/Between and, after thinking about a suitable song from my own collection, my proposal is a track from rock band Bon Jovi’s 1992 album  Keep The Faith, their fifth studio album which was recorded after a hiatus. I think the line “6 feet under” from the track’s lyrics responds quite well to the prompt “below.”

This album represented the beginning of a new chapter, marking a change of both the band’s image and sound. Moving away from their early poodle-permed, glam-metal roots in previous albums, it introduced a more rock n roll driven groove, doing away with heavy drums and wild guitar solos, instead introducing a newer, softer sound.

The album peaked at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, produced several hits for the band and was certified double-platinum. Tracks from the album still feature heavily in Bon Jovi’s concert setlists of which I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and the title track have been live staples.

Confession time! I’ve probably seen Bon Jovi live more times than any other band, and in a number of different countries. The last time was nearly 10 years ago in San Sebastian.

Lyrics: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Seven days of Saturday
Is all that I need
Got no use for Sunday
‘Cause I don’t rest in peace
Don’t need no Mondays
Or the rest of the week
I spend a lot of time in bed
But baby I don’t like to sleep no

I won’t lie to you
I’m never gonna cry to you
I’ll probably drive you wild 8 days a week

Until I’m 6 feet under
Baby I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

So you’re looking for some action
I got got everything you need
Better keep your motor running
’cause I was built for speed
This ain’t no slumber party
Got no time for catching z’s
If they say that that ain’t healthy
Well then living’s a disease

We’re never going to die baby
Come on let me drive you crazy
We’ll make every night another New Year’s Eve

Till I’m six feet under
I won’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Sleep when I’m dead, sleep when I’m dead
Gonna live while I’m alive,
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Seven days of Saturday
Is all that I need

Got no use for Sunday
‘Cause I don’t rest in peace
I was born to live
You know I wasn’t born to die
But if they party down in heaven
I’ll be sure to be on time

Until I’m six feet under
I don’t need a bed
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead
Till they roll me over
And lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

I feel like I’m exploding
Going out of my head
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Till I’m six feet under
And they lay my bones to rest
Gonna live while I’m alive
I’ll sleep when I’m dead

Sleep when I’m dead, sleep when I’m dead
Gonna live while I’m alive, sleep when I’m dead

Songwriters: Richard Sambora / Desmond Child / Jon Bon Jovi
I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., BMG Rights Management

Challenge Rules

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not. If it does not fit, then please explain why you chose this song.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to Jim’s post or place your link in his comments section.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Most of all, have fun and enjoy the music.

8 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday #6

  1. One of my favorite played soccer/football against him and he is a native of my town in NJ Perth Amboy know him well, auction his house in Sayreville in MTV! Bon Jovi NJ rocks!

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