Bon Jovi - Wanted Dead Or Alive - Meaning of the song
This song uses Old West cowboy imagery to describe the lonely life of a rock star. At the time, starting with their debut album in 1984, Bon Jovi played about 300 shows a year, using the remaining time to work on albums. When it came time to write for their third album, Slippery When Wet, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora wrote this song about what they knew: performing to lots of people who all blended together after a while.
Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora wrote this in the basement of Sambora's mother's house. They wrote it in one day - it came easily because it was about their actual experiences touring.
The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who did most of the band's early videos. Shot in black-and-white (they didn't have color TV in the Old West), the band is shown not just performing, but going through the process of traveling from city to city.
Wanted dead or alive - Lyrics
It's all the same, only the names will change Every day it seems we're wasting away Another place where the faces are so cold I'd drive all night just to get back home I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride I'm wanted dead or alive Wanted dead or alive Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it's not for days And the people I meet always go their separate ways Sometimes you tell the day By the bottle that you drink And times when you're alone all you do is think I'm a cowboy On a steel horse I ride I'm wanted, wanted, dead or alive Wanted (wanted) dead or alive Oh and I ride! I'm a cowboy On a steel horse I ride I'm wanted (wanted) dead or alive And I walk these streets, a loaded six-string on my back I play for keeps, 'cause I might not make it back I've been everywhere, and still I'm standing tall I've seen a million faces and I've rocked them all 'Cause I'm a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride I'm wanted dead or alive 'Cause I'm a cowboy, I got the night on my side I'm wanted dead or alive And I ride dead or alive I still drive, dead or alive Dead or alive Dead or alive Dead or alive Dead or alive