Bon Jovi: Bon Jovi [1984]

Released January 21, 1984 (US) / March, 1984 (UK)
Recorded September, 1982 – June, 1983 at Power Station in New York City
Genre Glam metal, heavy metal, hard rock[1]
Length 38:33
Label Mercury (US)
Vertigo (Europe)
Producer Tony Bongiovi, Lance Quinn

Bon Jovi is the debut album from American rock band Bon Jovi, released January 21, 1984. Produced by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn, the album is significant for being the only Bon Jovi album on which a song (“She Don’t Know Me”) appears that was not written nor co-written by members of the band. The album charted at #43 on The Billboard 200.[2]

Aside from hit single “Runaway”, songs from the album were rarely performed live after the band released their breakthrough album Slippery When Wet in 1986. However, on the band’s current Circle Tour, songs including “Roulette”, “Shot Through the Heart”, and “Get Ready” have been performed.

The album was ranked the 11th best rock album of 1984 by Kerrang! magazine

In 1980, Jon Bon Jovi started to work at Power Station Studios, a Manhattan recording facility where his cousin, Tony Bongiovi, was a co-owner. Jon Bon Jovi made several demos and sent them out to many record companies, but failed to make an impact.

In 1982, Jon Bon Jovi went to local radio station WAPP 103.5FM “The Apple”. DJ Chip Hobart listened to Jon’s demos and loved “Runaway”, deciding to include it on the station’s compilation album of local homegrown talent. The studio musicians who helped record “Runaway” were known as The All Star Review. They were: guitarist Tim Pierce, keyboardist Roy Bittan, drummer Frankie LaRocka, bassist Hugh McDonald, and additional singers David Grahmme and Mick Seeley

The song began to get airplay around New York. Jon signed to Mercury Records, part of the PolyGram company. Jon Bon Jovi wanted a group name and the A&R staff at PolyGram came up with Bon Jovi

In March 1983 Bon Jovi called David Bryan (then Rashbaum), who in turn called bassist Alec John Such and an experienced drummer named Tico Torres. At that time Bon Jovi’s lead guitarist was Dave Sabo (a.k.a. The Snake), who later formed the group Skid Row. Dave Sabo was eventually replaced by Richie Sambora.

The band recorded the album (originally titled “Tough Talk” but renamed it after the record company decided it was wiser to issue the album as a self titled release) at Power Station Studios and produced by Tony Bongiovi and Lance Quinn. Most of the songs are written by Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Richie Sambora. “Burning For Love” and “Come Back” were the very first songs written for the album. Three singles were released from the album, “Runaway”, “She Don’t Know Me” and in Japan only, “Burning For Love”.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Runaway”   Jon Bon Jovi, George Karak 3:50
2. “Roulette”   Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora 4:41
3. She Don’t Know Me”   Mark Avsec 4:02
4. “Shot Through the Heart”   Bon Jovi, Jack Ponti 4:25
5. “Love Lies”   Bon Jovi, David Rashbaum 4:09
6. “Breakout”   Bon Jovi, Rashbaum 5:23
7. Burning for Love”   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:53
8. “Come Back”   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:58
9. “Get Ready”   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:08

Lyrics

1. Runaway

On the streets where you live
Girls talk about their social lives
They’re made of lipstick plastic and paint
A touch of sable in their eyes
All your life, all your life
All you’ve asked is whens your Daddy gonna talk to you
But you were living in another world
Tryin’ to get a message through
No one heard a single word you said
They should have seen in it your eyes
What was going round your head

Ooh, shes a little runaway
Daddys girl learned fast
All those things she couldn’t say
Ooh, shes a little runaway

A different line every night
Guarenteed to blow your mind
I see you out on the streets
Calling for a wild time
So you sit home alone
Cause theres nothing left that you can do
Theres only pictures hung in the shadows
Left there to look at you
You know she likes the lights at night
On the neon Broadway sign
She don’t really mind
Its only love she hoped to find

Ooh, shes a little runaway
Daddys girl learned fast
All those things she couldn’t say
Ooh, shes a little runaway

No one heard a single word you said
They should have seen it in your eyes
What was going round your head

Ooh, shes a little runaway
Daddys girl learned fast
All those things she couldnt say
Ooh, shes a little runaway
Daddys girl learned fast
Now she works the night away

Ooh, shes a little runaway
Daddys girl learned fast
All those things she couldnt say
Ooh, shes a little runaway
Daddys girl learned fast
Now she works the night away …

2. Roulette

Bet the black comes in red
Crimes of passion rule my head
I need you, you want him
Dressed to kill we live in sin
I know the game you play, I know it well
You just keep on playin’ when all the bets are down

Roulette Roulette you’re goin’ round in a spin
Caught up in a game you just can’t win
Roulette, you’re just a fantasy
It’s everything that you want it to be

Play the numbers one by one
Fire the shot and the damage is done
Restless lovers pay the price
Cheating hearts don’t think twice
When you make the rules no one can slow you down
You just keep ’em waiting when you’re on the prowl

Roulette Roulette you’re goin’ round in a spin
Caught up in a game you just can’t win
Roulette, you’re just a fantasy
It’s everything that you want it to be

Roulette Roulette you’re goin’ round in a spin
Caught up in a game you just can’t win
Roulette, you’re just a fantasy
It’s everything that you want it to be

Backdoor runner got away this time
Leaves her mark at the scene of the crime
Nothing matters, no faces, no names
You’re just a number, it’s all the same
You just love to play the game
I know the game you play, I know it well
You just keep on playin’ when all the bets are down

Roulette Roulette you’re goin’ round in a spin
Caught up in a game you just can’t win
Roulette, you’re just a fantasy
It’s everything that you want it to be

Roulette Roulette you’re goin’ round in a spin
Caught up in a game you just can’t win
Roulette, you’re just a fantasy
It’s everything that you want it to be

3. She Don’t Know Me

What more can I do
There’s nothing I haven’t tried
Still it’s so hard for her to notice
I’ve tried hard to be straight
There’s nothing left I can say
If only she would look my way

She don’t know me, she don’t know
She don’t see me, she don’t care
She can’t hear me, can’t hear
Can not help me, she don’t want
She don’t want me like I want her
Like I wan’t her got to tell her
Got to tell her that I love her
That I love her
She don’t even know my name

I dream of when she’ll be mine
I dream of crossing that line
And holding her so tender
Dreaming it could come true
So many things I could do
If only you’d give me a chance

She don’t know me, she don’t know
She don’t see me, she don’t care
She can’t hear me, can’t hear
Can not help me, she don’t want
She don’t want me like I want her
Like I wan’t her got to tell her
Got to tell her that I love her
That I love her
She don’t even know my name

4. Shot Through The Heart

Would you be content to see me crying
After all those little games you put me through
After all you’ve done for you you’re lying
Wouldn’t it be nice to tell the truth

Didn’t somebody somewhere say
You’re heading for a fall
I gave you everything
Now here’s the curtain call

Shot through the heart as I lay there alone
In the dark through the heart
It’s all part of this game that we call love
.
Now you’ve come back here to say you’re sorry
But I don’t know who you’re talking to
It could be the man I used to be, girl
But I’ve grown up and now I’m over you

Standing there just a livewire
With nowhere left to turn
You were gonna set the world on fire
When will you ever learn?

Shot through the heart as I lay there alone
In the dark through the heart
It’s all part of this game that we call love

Didn’t somebody somewhere say
You’re heading for a fall
I gave you everything
Now here’s the curtain call
And I’m shot…

Baby does what baby please
And baby must have what she sees
But not this time, the tables turned
Baby, you just got burned

Shot through the heart as I lay there alone
In the dark through the heart
It’s all part of this game that we call love

5. Love Lies

(J. Bon Jovi, D. Bryan)

I was lost, then I found you.
I never thought it would be this way.
Showed you my heart, I left it unguarded,
like a thief in the night you stole it away.

Now you’re gone, the pain goes on and on.
I still hear you whispering to me through the shadows of the night.

Love lies, you’re just a victim of the headlines.
You’re running on into a cold night.
You’re just a number of the love lies.

All alone you call it survival,
he lost at love to a stranger’s lines.
Walking the streets, searching with vengence
for a face that he dreams of night after night.

Time goes on, all signs of life stolen, simple dreams were all broken.
Best of times become desperation but how many tears must you cry to survive?

Love lies, you’re just a victim of the headlines.
You’re running on into a cold night.
Just a number of the love lies.

Love lies, you’re just another victim of the headlines.
You’re running on into a cold night.
Just a number of the love lies.

They met late one night in the city.
Both men knew only one would stay.
Scratched a picture of a heart on a bullet
and took his life away.

Love lies, you’re just another victim of the headlines.
You’re running on into a cold night.
Just a number of the love lies.

Love lies, you’re just a victim of the headlines.
You’re running on into a cold night.
Just a number of the love lies.

6. Breakout

This time girl I’ve had enough
You’re too hot to handle with kid gloves
It’s too late I hear a knock on the door
The game’s over baby I can’t take it no more
Breakout, Breakout
Take these chains from me
You held my heart for ransom
Baby, set it free
Breakout, Breakout
Your lies can’t hide what I see
I’m better off on my own

Promises made me in the heat of the night (Whoa-oh-oh)
Those words were broken under bedroom lights (Whoa-oh)
Your lips they burn, your body calls my name (Whoa-oh)
I can feel the fire but it’s all in vain (Whoa-oh)

Breakout, Breakout
Take these chains from me
You held my heart for ransom
Baby, set it free
Breakout, Breakout
Your lies can’t hide what I see
I’m better off on my own

You say we’ll meet around midnight
You’re gonna make me feel oh so right
I’m saying oh no not tonight
You gotta let me go

Breakout, Breakout
Take these chains from me
You held my heart for ransom
Baby, set it free
Breakout, Breakout
Your lies can’t hide what I see
I’m better off on my own

You say we’ll meet around midnight
You’re gonna make me feel oh so right
I’m saying oh no not tonight
You gotta let me go

7. Burning For Love

I’ve been lied to, you been cheated
I’ve been cried to, you been mistreated
I’ve been watching you, you want action
You need love and I need satisfaction

I’m burning for love
Filled with desire
I can’t stand the heat
My heart’s on fire
I can’t get enough
It’s down to the wire
Making my move, I’m looking for you
I’m burning for love

You’re the victim it’s in your eyes
I’m the suspect ond love’s the crime
Tensions mounting bodies shaking
I can’t take the anticipation

I’m burning for love
Filled with desire
I can’t stand the heat
My heart’s on fire
I can’t get enough
It’s down to the wire
Making my move, I’m looking for you
I’m burning for love

Now that I got you in my sight
Can’t take another sleepless night
Oh, no, no
You can run but you can’t hide
You’re the only one I need
To feel the fire inside

I’m burning for love
Filled with desire
I can’t stand the heat
My heart’s on fire
I can’t get enough
It’s down to the wire
Making my move, I’m looking for you
I’m burning for love

8. Come Back

Now that you’re gone, I can see what
Was going on and how you lied
When you’d said you’d never love again

Friends telephone and they say
You weren’t out alone last night
Can’t you see that this broken heart
Is killing me

Another night is falling
And now my heart is calling you back to me

Come back cause I need your love
Come back got to have your love
Come back bring your loving back to me
Come back cause it’s been so long
Come back, and my love’s still strong
Come back bring your loving back to me

You play with words play with love
It’s just your silly way
I’m a fool cause I need you by my side again

Now it’s too late you walk by
With another man
And I stand alone
Cause I know that you’re not coming home

Another night is falling
And now my heart is calling you back to me

Come back cause I need your love
Come back got to have your love
Come back bring your loving back to me
Come back cause it’s been so long
Come back, and my love’s still strong
Come back bring your loving back to me

Another night is falling
And now my heart is calling you back to me

Come back cause I need your love
Come back got to have your love
Come back bring your loving back to me
Come back cause it’s been so long
Come back, and my love’s still strong
Come back bring your loving back to me

9. Get Ready

You need someone to make it last
No Romeos who’ll love and leave you fast
They fade away
Tonight you’re not gonna be alone
Making love on the telephone
Baby, baby if you can hold on
I’m gonna take you all the way tonight
I like’em down and dirty, hold on tight

Come on get ready
Come on get ready

You’re looking sharp in your dancing shoes
You got the style and you got the moves
Oh you’re so hot, girl and on the loose
You’re caught up in a danger zone
Just seventeen but you act full grown
The nightlife is turning you on
You want to take me all the way tonight
Take my hand, you can feel the heat
Make you feel alright

Come on get ready
Come on get ready

Come on
Come on

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