Bon Jovi: Have a Nice Day [2005]

Released September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)
Recorded Sanctuary Sound II in New Jersey; Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, California, 2004–2005
Genre Hard rock[1]
Length 51:56
Label Island
Producer Jon Bon Jovi, Dann Huff, Rick Parashar, Richie Sambora, John Shanks

Have a Nice Day is the title of Bon Jovi‘s ninth studio album, released in September 2005. Produced by John Shanks, the album was recorded at Sanctuary Sound II in New Jersey, and Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, California.

Have A Nice Day was originally recorded in the summer of 2004, supposed ready for release for early 2005. However, due to various reasons and debates by the band and its record company, the album was pushed back. The band were to write and record more songs and also removed some from the original track list, and in the process, altered existing album tracks.

Have A Nice Day debuted at No.1 in 15 countries. The album also debuted at No.2 in both the US and UK. In the US, the album sold over 202,000 copies in total for the first week,[7] making it Bon Jovi’s best first-week sales in the band’s history at that time. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA.[8]

The album produced the hit singles “Have a Nice Day” and “Who Says You Can’t Go Home“. Have a Nice Day has mostly received mixed reviews by music critics. It was commonly commented that Jon Bon Jovi was “streching” his lyrical abilities.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Have a Nice Day”   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks 3:49
2. “I Want to be Loved”   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks 3:49
3. Welcome to Wherever You Are”   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks 3:47
4. Who Says You Can’t Go Home”   Bon Jovi, Sambora 4:40
5. “Last Man Standing”   Bon Jovi, Billy Falcon 4:37
6. “Bells of Freedom”   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Desmond Child 4:55
7. “Wildflower”   Bon Jovi 4:13
8. “Last Cigarette”   Bon Jovi, David Bryan 3:38
9. “I Am”   Bon Jovi, Sambora, Shanks 3:53
10. “Complicated”   Bon Jovi, Falcon, Max Martin 3:37
11. “Novocaine”   Bon Jovi 4:49
12. “Story of My Life”   Bon Jovi, Falcon 4:08
13. “Who Says You Can’t Go Home (duet version with Jennifer Nettles)‡”   Bon Jovi, Sambora 3:50

Lyrics

1. Have A Nice Day

Why you wanna tell me how to live my life?
Who are you to tell me if it’s black or white?
Momma, can you help me try to understand
Is innocence the difference ‘tween a boy and a man?
My daddy lived to die, that’s just the price that he paid
Sacrificed his life just slaving away

Oh, if there’s one thing I hang onto that gets me thru the nite
I ain’t gonna do what I don’t want to; I’m gonna live my life
Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice
Standing on the ledge, I show the wind how to fly
When the world gets in my face, I say…
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Take a look around you; nothing’s what it seems
We’re living in the broken home of hopes and dreams
Let me be the first to shake a helping hand
Anybody brave enough to take a stand
I’ve knocked on every door on every dead-end street
Looking for forgiveness and what’s left to believe

Oh, if there’s one thing I hang onto that gets me thru the night
I ain’t gonna do what I don’t’ want to; I’m gonna live my life
Shining like a diamond, rolling with the dice
Standing on the ledge, I show the wind how to fly
When the world gets in my face, I say…
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

2. I Want To Be Loved

I had a roof overhead
Had shoes on my feet
Yeah, sure I was fed
But no one was there when I was in need, yeah

So who am I now?
Who do you want me to be?
I can forgive you but I won’t re-live you
I ain’t the same scared kid I used to be

I’m gonna live
I’m gonna survive
I don’t want the world to pass me by
I’m gonna dream
I ain’t gonna die
Thinking my life was just a lie
I wanna be loved
I wanna be loved

I found a picture
Our so-called family tree, yeah
I broke all the branches lookin’ for answers
Don’t you know that ain’t how it’s supposed to be?

I’m gonna live
I’m gonna survive
I don’t want the world to pass me by
I’m gonna dream
I ain’t gonna die
Thinking my life was just a lie
I wanna give
I’m ready to try
Willing to lay it on the line
I wanna be loved
I wanna be…

I ain’t gonna cry; I don’t wanna scream
But I got so much left unsaid inside of me

I’m gonna live
I’m gonna survive
Don’t want the world to pass me by
I’m gonna dream
I ain’t gonna die
Thinking my life was just a lie
I wanna give
I’m ready to try
Willing to lay it on the line
I wanna beloved
I wanna be loved
I just wanna be love
I wanna be loved
I wanna be loved
I wanna be loved

3. Welcome To Wherever You Are

Maybe we’re all different but we’re still the same
We all got the blood of Eden running through our veins
I know sometimes it’s hard for you to see
You’re caught between just who you are and who you want to be

If you feel alone and lost and need a friend
Remember every new beginning is some beginning’s end

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life; you made it this far
Welcome, you got to believe
That right here, right now
You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be
Welcome to wherever you are

When everybody’s in and you’re left out
And you feel you’re drowning in the shadow of a doubt
Everyone’s a miracle in their own way
Just listen to yourself, not what other people say

When it’s seems you’re lost, alone and feeling down
Remember everybody’s different; just take a look around

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life; you made it this far
Welcome, you got to believe
Right here, right now
You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be

Be who you want to be
Be who you are
Everyone’s a hero
Everyone’s a star

When you want to give up and your heart’s about to break
Remember that you’re perfect; God makes no mistakes

Welcome to wherever you are
This is your life; you made it this far
Welcome, you got to believe
Right here, right now
You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be
And I say welcome…
I say welcome…
Welcome…

4. Who Says You Can’t Go Home

I spent twenty years trying to get out of this place
I was looking for something I couldn’t replace
I was running away from the only thing I’ve ever known
Like a blind dog without a bone
I was a gypsy lost in the twilight zone
I hijacked a rainbow and crashed into a pot of gold

I been there, done that
But I ain’t looking back on the seeds I’ve sown
Saving dimes spending too much time on the telephone
Who says you can’t go home

Who says you can’t go home
There’s only one place they call me one of their own
Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone
Who says you can’t go home
Who says you can’t go back
I been all around the world and as a matter of fact
There’s only one place left I want to go
Who says you can’t go home
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright

I went as far as I could, I tried to find a new face
There isn’t one of these lines that I would erase
I lived a million miles of memories on that road
With every step I take I know that I’m not alone
You take the home from the boy
But not the boy from his home
These are my streets, the only life I’ve ever known
Who says you can’t go home

Who says you can’t go home
There’s only one place they call me one of their own
Just a hometown boy born a rolling stone
Who says you can’t go home
Who says you can’t go home
I been all around the world and as a matter of fact
There’s only one place left I want to go
Who says you can’t go home
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
Who says you can’t go home
It’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
Who says you can’t go home

I been there, done that and I ain’t looking back
It’s been a long, long road
Feels like I never left, that’s how the story goes

It doesn’t matter where you are, It doesn’t matter where you go
If it’s a million miles away or just ten miles up the road
Take it in , Take it with you when you go
Who says you can’t go home?

5. Last Man Standing

Come see a living, breathing spectacle only seen right here
It’s your last chance in this lifetime, the line forms at the rear
You won’t believe your eyes
Your eyes will not believe your ears
Get your money out, get ready
Step right up, yeah you, come here

You ain’t seen nothing like him, he’s the last one of the breed
Better hold on to your, honey
Honeys, don’t forget to breathe
Enter at your own risk, mister
It might change the way you think
There’s no dancers, there’s no diamonds
No, this boy don’t lip synch

Here’s the last man standing
Step right up, here’s the real thing
The last chance of a lifetime
Come and see, hear, feel… the real thing

See those real live calloused fingers wrapped around those guitar strings
Kiss the lips where hurt has lingered
It breaks your heart to hear them sing
The songs were more than music, they were pictures from the soul
So keep your pseudo-punk, hip-hop, pop-rock junk
And your digital downloads

Here’s the last man standing
Step right up, here’s the real thing
The last chance of a lifetime
To come and see, hear, feel… the real thing

Take your seats, now folks – it’s showtime
Hey, Patrick, hit the lights
There’s something in the air, there’s magic in the night
Now here’s the band, the really play
I’ll count the first one in
I don’t know where it’s going
We all know where it’s been

Here’s the last man standing
Step right up, here’s the real thing
The last chance of a lifetime
To come and see, hear, feel…
The last man standing
Step right up, here’s the real thing
The last chance of a lifetime
Come and see, hear, feel…
The real thing, the real thing, the real thing, the real thing…

6.Bells Of Freedom

I have walked all alone
On these streets I call home
Streets of hope, streets of fear
Through the sidewalk cracks time disappears

I was lost, on my knees
On the eve of defeat
As I choked back the tears
There’s a silent scream no one could hear

So far away from everything you know is true
Something inside that makes you do what you got to do

Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let them ring here and now
Just reach out and ring the Bells of Freedom
When your world’s crashing down
Like you’re lost every round
Stand your ground
And ring the Bells of Freedom

Up the steps of the church
Through the fields and the dirt
In the dark I have seen
That the sun still shines for the one who believes

So far away
So full of doubt and needing proof
Just close your eyes and hear the sounds inside of you

Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let them ring here and now
Just reach out and ring the Bells of Freedom
When your world’s comes crashing down
Like you’ve lost every round
Stand your ground
And ring the bells of freedom

Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let them ring here and now
Just reach out and ring the Bells of Freedom
Yeah, when your world comes crashing down
Like you’ve lost every round
Stand your ground and ring the Bells of Freedom
Ring them bells, ring them loud
Let them ring here and now
Just reach out and ring the Bells of Freedom…

7. Wildflower

She wakes up when I sleep to talk to ghosts like in the movies
If you don’t follow what I mean, I sure don’t mean to be confusing
They say when she laughs she wants to cry
She’ll draw a crowd then try to hide
Don’t know if it’s her or just my mind I’m losing

Nobody knows a wildflower still grows
By the side of the road
And she don’t need to need like the roses
Wildflower

That girl’s sure put a spell on me
Yeah, her voodoos hidden right behind her pocket
If she’s fire, I’m gasoline
Yeah, we fight a lot but neither wants to stop it
Well, she’ll tell you she’s an only child until you meet her brothers
Swear she’s never met the man she couldn’t make into a lover

Nobody knows a wildflower still grows
By the side of the road
And she don’t need to need like the roses
She’s at home with the weeds
And just as free as the night breeze
She’s got the cool of a shade tree
She’s growin’ on me and I can’t live with out her

Yesterday’s a memory
Tomorrow’s accessory
That’s her favorite quote about regret
Well, she’ll tell you ’bout her pedigree
With a sailor’s mouth he’d have left at sea and it ain’t over yet

Nobody knows…
Nobody knows… a wildflower still grows
By the side of the road
And she don’t need to need like the roses, the roses
She feels at home with the weeds
And just as free as the night breeze
She’s got the cool of a shade tree
She’s growin’ on me and I can’t live without her
But nobody knows…
Nobody knows…
Nobody knows…
Nobody knows…
That’s right…

She wakes up when I sleep to talk to ghosts like in the movies.

8. Last Cigarette

Regrets are all you left on your lipstick stains
Take a picture of our past there in that ashtray
We had our fun, I used to light your flame
Like the dancing smoke that rose we tried to find our way
No one told me, she told me

Your love’s like one last cigarette
Last cigarette, I will savor it
The last cigarette
Take it in and hold your breath, hope it never ends
But when it’s gone, it’s gone
The last cigarette

Just to breathe reminds me of what used to be
The smoke’s the ghost that keeps you close when I can’t sleep
Don’t ask the past to last; it’s about to change
The memories don’t answer when I call your name
No one told me, she told me

Your love’s like one last cigarette
Last cigarette, I will savor it
The last cigarette
Take it in and hold your breath, hope it never ends
But when it’s gone, it’s gone
One last cigarette, last cigarette
One I can’t forget, the last cigarette
Right there at my fingertips, I got your taste still on my lips
Right or wrong
You’re still gone, gone, gone
The last cigarette

No one told me, she told me
You always lose the girl in a Brian Wilson world

Your love’s like one last cigarette
Last cigarette, I will savor it
The last cigarette
Take it in and hold your breath, hope it never ends
But when it’s gone, it’s gone
One last cigarette, last cigarette
One I can’t forget, the last cigarette
Right there at my fingertips, I got your taste still on my lips
Right or wrong
You’re still gone, gone, gone
The last cigarette…

9. I Am

How you spend your minutes are what matters
All tomorrows come from yesterdays
When you’re feeling broken, bruised and sometimes shattered
Blow out the candles on the cake
Like everything’s a big mistake

It seems you always wait for life to happen
And your last buck can’t buy a lucky break
If all we’ve got is us then life’s worth living
And if you’re in, you know I’m in
I’m ready and I’m willing

I am
When you think that no one needs you, sees you or believes you
No one’s there to understand
I am
I’ll be there to be that someone
When you think that no one is there to hold your hand
I am

We’re just who we are, there’s no pretending
It takes a while to learn to live in your own skin
Say a prayer that we might find our happy ending
And if you’re in you know I’m in
I’m ready and I’m willing

I am
When you think that no one needs you, sees you or believes you
No one’s there to understand
I am
I’ll be there to be that someone
When you think that no one is there to hold your hand
I am

I ain’t got no halo hanging over my head
I ain’t gonna judge you, I’m just here to love you
I am, I am

I am
When you think that no one needs you, sees you or believes you
No one’s there to understand
I am
I’ll be there to be that someone
When you think that no one is there to hold your hand
I am
When you think that no one needs you, sees you or believes you
No one’s there to understand
I am
I’ll be there to be that someone
When you think that no one is there to hold your hand
I am
I am
I am

10. Complicated

Take a look around, this is what I see
Is there anybody else that feels like me, yeah
You sweat, you sweat, you bleed, you bleed
What you get ain’t what you see
Up is down and black is white to me

I’m complicated, I get frustrated
Right or wrong, love or hate it
I’m complicated, you can’t sedate it
I heard that song but I won’t play it
It’s alright, it’s OK, you wouldn’t want me any other way
Momma, keep on praying ’cause I ain’t changin’
I’m complicated, yeah
I’m complicated, yeah

I’m smart enough to know what I don’t know
I’m fool enough to stay when I should go
You work, you work, you cry, you cry
You watch your whole life pass you by
Sometimes you’ve got to close your eyes to see

I’m complicated, I get frustrated
Right or wrong, love or hate it
I’m complicated, you can’t sedate it
Heard that song but I won’t play it
It’s alright, it’s OK, you wouldn’t want me any other way
Momma, keep on praying ’cause I ain’t changin’
I’m complicated, yeah
I’m complicated, yeah

Is there anybody out there?
Just like everybody out there
Just one somebody out there, Just like me

I’m complicated, I get frustrated
Right or wrong, love or hate it
I’m complicated, you can’t sedate it
I heard that song but I won’t play it
It’s alright, it’s okay, you wouldn’t want me any other way
Momma, keep on praying, ’cause I ain’t changin’
I’m complicated, I get frustrated
Right or wrong, love or hate it
I’m complicated, you can’t sedate it
Heard that song but I won’t play it

Is there anybody out there?
Just like everybody out there
Just one somebody out there
Just like me
Is there anybody out there
Just like everybody out there
Just one somebody out there
Just like me
I’m complicated

11. Novocaine

You can take back all your secrets
We’ll divide up all the lies
Keep all the pictures in their frames
Just cut me out, yeah, I’ll be fine
Sell the neighbors all my feelings
Go on give away my pride
It’s hard to laugh and cry, live and die every night

Keep your rolodex of friends
And all the remnants can be mind
I guess there’ll be no happy endings
When “once upon” is doing time
There’s a different kind of meaning now
To livin’ on a prayer
Some don’t seem to notice
And the rest don’t seem to care

I tell myself I (feel no pain)
But I’m feeling the pain (walk away)
Can’t walk away
I’m hanging on the ropes of hope
It’s getting hard to cope you know
When you’re the needle running through my veins
I’ve changed my name to novocaine

You put my favorite belongings in a box in the garage (let’s get this straight)
You burned my favorite sweats from high school
Tried to sell my muscle car (that’s not OK)
You’re mother’s gonna visit for a couple months this year
They say you do the crime, you do the time
It’s all so clear

I tell my self I (feel no pain)
But I’m feeling the paint (walk away)
Can’t walk away
I’m hanging on the ropes of hope
It’s getting hard to cope you know
When you’re the needle that’s running through my veins
I’ve changed my name to novacaine (feel no pain)
Novacaine

Well things ain’t what they used to be
It’s a sleepless, self-help century
I’m up to here with Dr. Phil and the modern man in me…

12. The Story Of My Life

Yesterday’s a memory
Another page of history
Sell yourself for hopes and dreams
That leave you feeling sideways
Tripping over my own feet
Trying to walk to my own beat
Another car out on the street
Trying to find the highway
Hey, are you going my way?

This is the story of my life
And I write it everyday
I know it isn’t black and white
And it’s anything but gray
I know that no, I’m not alright
But I’ll be OK ’cause
Anything can, everything can happen
That’s the story of my life

I’m gonna write the melody
That’s gonna make history
Yeah, and when I paint my masterpiece
I swear I’ll show you first
There just ain’t a way to see
Who, when, why or what will be
‘Til now is then it’s a mystery
A blessing and a curse
Or something worse, yeah

This is the story of my life
And I write it everyday
I know it isn’t black and white
And it’s anything but gray
I know that no, I’m not alright
But I’ll be OK ’cause
Anything can, everything can
I’ve been thinking
Baby, you can help me write the story of my life
Hey, whaddaya say?

This is the story of my life
And I write it everyday
And I hope you’re by my side
When I’m writing the last page

This is the story of my life
And I write it everyday
I know it isn’t black and white
And it’s anything but gray
I know that no, I’m not alright
But I’ll be OK ’cause
Anything can, everything can
I’ve been thinking, baby we can…
This is the story of my life
The story of my life…

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