Jon Bon Jovi - IT'S MY LIFE

First performance: 07/12/2003


Coverinfo

Played together with Jon Bon Jovi during the Holiday show in 2003 
 
Jon Bon Jovi guests for the only time during the stand, singing his "It's My Life" as well as joining on the Southside Johnny songs and the final encores. 
 
 
 

Songinfo

"It's My Life" is song by Bon Jovi. It was released on May 23, 2000 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, Crush (2000). The song was written and produced by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Max Martin, and co-produced by Luke Ebbin. The song has many classic Bon Jovi features, such as Sambora's use of the talk box, and a line in the second verse "For Tommy and Gina, who never backed down" refers to Tommy and Gina, a fictional working class couple that Bon Jovi and Sambora first wrote about in their 1986 hit "Livin' on a Prayer". "It's My Life" is also notable for its line referencing fellow New Jerseyan Frank Sinatra: "My heart is like an open highway / Like Frankie said / I did it 'My Way'." Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora apparently had a disagreement over those lines, with Bon Jovi recalling. I had just come home from making U-571 and I said "Sinatra made 16 movies and toured till he was 80. This is my role model." He [Sambora] said, "You can't write that damn lyric. Nobody cares about Frank Sinatra but you." And I wrote it anyway.  A much slower, acoustic ballad version of the song is featured on Bon Jovi's 2003 album This Left Feels Right, a collection of their greatest hits that were adapted into new formats. This version was also released as a single. 
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

1999-04-28 - HALLE TONY GARNIER, LYON, FRANCE
All appearances with Springsteen:
 
  
 
1992-12-27 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
1993-04-03 - WESTFALENHALLE, DORTMUND, GERMANY
1994-07-16 - THE STONE PONY TENT, ASBURY PARK, NJ
1995-04-12 - CARNEGIE HALL, NEW YORK CITY, NY
1997-03-08 - TRADEWINDS, SEA BRIGHT, NJ 
1998-01-30 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (rehearsal)
1998-01-31 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Come Together Benefit) 
1998-10-11 - SPRINGSTEEN RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ 
1999-04-28 - HALLE TONY GARNIER, LYON, FRANCE  
1999-12-04 - THE DIASCO RESIDENCE, COLTS NECK, NJ (Doug Flutie Autism Foundation Benefit)
2000-10-21 - HEDGEROW FARM, MIDDLETOWN, NJ 
2003-04-29 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ 
2003-04-30 - THE STONE PONY, ASBURY PARK, NJ 
2003-12-07 - CONVENTION HALL, ASBURY PARK, NJ
2006-12-12 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ
2008-04-13 - AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER, DALLAS, TX 
2008-12-22 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ 
2012-11-02 - STUDIO 6A, GE BUILDING, ROCKEFELLER CENTER, NEW YORK CITY, NY 
2012-12-12 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY (The Concert For Sandy Relief)
 

Lyrics

This ain't a song for the broken-hearted
No silent prayer for the faith-departed
I ain't gonna be just a face in the crowd
You're gonna hear my voice
When I shout it out loud

[Chorus]
It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, "I did it my way"
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life

[Verse 2]
This is for the ones who stood their ground
For Tommy and Gina who never backed down
Tomorrow's getting harder make no mistake
Luck ain't even lucky
Got to make your own breaks

[Chorus]
It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, "I did it my way"
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life


[Bridge]
Better stand tall when they're calling you out
Don't bend, don't break, baby, don't back down

[Chorus]
It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, "I did it my way"
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life

It's my life
It's now or never
I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, "I did it my way"
I just wanna live while I'm alive
It's my life