My Sunday Song – “Something to Believe In” by Bon Jovi

For My Sunday Song #195, we are diving in to the fantastic song “Something to Believe” off the band’s 1995 underrated album ‘These Days’.  This song was never a single and probably one of the best deep cuts they have on any record.  It really spoke to me and to this day, it means a lot.

The song has been considered anti-religious with lines like “I lost all faith in my God, in his religion too”, but the song is really about fighting back and finding that one thing to hold on to and reach for and to believe in.  I know for me, I have struggled a lot in this world.  There were times I had lost my faith and I still struggle with my belief in religion.  Not with God or Jesus, but organized religion. I see the damage it has caused through the centuries, the charlatans out there wanting your money and our the first ones to sin.  The holier-than-thou Church goers that think cast the first stone and our cheating on their spouses.  The churches that hide the child molesting priest.  I could go on and on and talk about the hypocrisy of it all.   But I won’t.  You get where I am coming from.

So how do you find that one thing to believe in?  I don’t know, but dig deep and it just happens.  I believe in my wife and kids.  My brothers and sisters and those that have always been there. I believe in Jesus and God…BUT…in my own way.  As Jon states, “in a world that gives you nothing, we need something to believe in”.  And with what has going on in the world these last couple months, I think this song holds even more meaning.  Hang in there!  We will get through it and come out the other side even better as we always do.

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Musically, wow!  Tico’s drum beat at the beginning is like a sad beating heart and then Richie’s “hey, hey, hey, hey’s” fits perfect.  Jon comes in and sings the lyrics so deliberately, with purpose and with heart and soul.  The song has a slow build.  It covers several verses before there is any chorus.  And when the chorus finally comes in, it is bombastic and powerful.  Between the two choruses, there is a musical interlude and Hugh McDonald’s bass riffs are killer along with Tico’s drum fills.  And then back in to the chorus where Jon belts them out and gives everything he has.  It is quite magical.

Thanks for hanging around and listening to me drone on and one, but this song is special to me.  Give it a listen and let me know what you think.  Thanks and have a Happy Sunday.

“Something To Believe In”

I lost all faith in my God, in his religion too
I told the angels they could sing their songs to someone new
I lost all trust in my friends
I watched my heart turn to stone
I thought that I was left to walk this wicked world alone

Tonight I’ll dust myself off
Tonight I’ll suck my gut in
I’ll face the night and I’ll pretend
I got something to believe in

And I had lost touch with reason
I watched life criticize the truth
Been waiting for a miracle
I know you have too

Though I know I won’t win
I’ll take this one on the chin
We’ll raise a toast and I’ll pretend
I got something to believe in

If I don’t believe in Jesus, how can I believe the Pope
If I don’t believe in heroin, how can I believe in dope
If there’s nothing but survival, how can I believe in sin
In a world that gives you nothing
We need something to believe in

If I don’t believe in Jesus, how can I believe the Pope
If I don’t believe in heroin, how can I believe in dope
If there’s nothing but survival, how can I believe in sin
In a world that gives you nothing
We need something to believe in

Written by Jon Bon Jovi

17 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Something to Believe In” by Bon Jovi

  1. One of my favorite cuts from that album. I hated the “Diamond Rings” And “This Ain’t A Love Song” single releases.. they had so much better songs on that album.

    “in a world that gives you nothing, we need something to believe in”

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      1. I had a theory from “Downunder Way” that because of the chord progression and the way it’s played, it’s got this Latin vibe so that crossover appeal would have worked in their favour. Plus if people like artists like The Righteous Brothers then they would jump on something like this. It’s right in their alley.

        But in my discussions about music and Bon Jovi, I haven’t met a male who likes it. Lol

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        1. I think it’s a boring song honestly. I mean, it’s different, and that’s cool, but when it finally came out I was bored. I thought “THIS is the song all that fuss was about? I don’t hear it.”

          Your analysis is as good as any, so I’ll go with it.

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