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Jon Bon Jovi Says ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’ Is About a Friend Who Wanted to Be a Baseball Player

Back in the ’80s and ’90s, no one in the music industry could compete with Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora’s songwriting skills. The duo produced dozens of major hits that still get air time on the radio decades later. However, even some of the band’s biggest fans don’t know that an old high school buddy inspired this number-one song.

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‘He never even played a season’ recalled Jon Bon Jovi 

We all had big dreams as teenagers and often even bigger hearts. In an interview with American Songwriter in the early ’90s, Bon Jovi recalled writing “Livin’ on a Prayer” about his friend’s relationship. “‘Prayer’ is about a guy and his wife who got married as soon as they got out of high school,” Bon Jovi explained.



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