For My Sunday Song # 196, “Bed of Roses” off the 1992 album ‘Keep the Faith’ by Bon Jovi is our song of discussion. The song was released as a single in January 1993 and quickly became another hit for Jon and the gang as it reached #5 on the Billboard Top 40 chart. In a time where grunge was taking over the world, Bon Jovi still managed to throw out hits while others fell by the wayside.
There is one thing Bon Jovi does well and that is a ballad. Jon Bon Jovi wrote this one and man does he have a way with words in this one. What a story he weaves. While sitting in a hotel room, he made the hotel bring up a piano to his room and he sat, still hungover and wrote this beauty. He even talks about the struggles in writing it in the first couple lines…
Sitting here wasted and wounded at this old piano,
Trying hard to capture the moment this morning I don’t know
‘Cause a bottle of vodka’s still lodged in my head,
And some blonde gave me nightmares.
I think that she’s still in my bed.
The song is a sad love song to his wife. Jon lived the rock & roll lifestyle and he was not that faithful to his wife, but by this time in his career, he knew that she was the one he loved. This song was a letter to her that he is sorry for what he has done and that she is really the one for him. He wishes he could be with her lying in a bed of roses while he sits lonely in that hotel room on a bed of nails. It is quite lovely. And some of the lines he wrote in this were beautiful painted pictures…
With an ironclad fist I wake up and French-kiss the morning
and I loved the line…
While my mistress—she calls me
To stand in her spotlight again.
That mistress is the record company and the music business that keeps wanting him to pop out hit after hit and he is longing to be home with her. It is such great story telling.