Always (Bon Jovi song)


Always (Bon Jovi song)

Infobox Single
Name = Always


Artist = Bon Jovi
from Album = Cross Road
B-side =
Released = September 20, 1994
Format = CD single, cassette
Recorded = 1994
Genre = Rock
Length = 5:53
Label = Mercury
Writer = Jon Bon Jovi
Producer =
Certification = Platinum (U.S.)
Last single = "Dry County "
(1994)
This single = "Always"
(1994)
Next single = "Someday I'll Be Saturday Night"
(1994)

"Always" is a power ballad by New Jersey band Bon Jovi. It was released as a single off their 1994 album, Cross Road, and went on to become their biggest selling single, with 1.5 million copies sold in the US and more than 4 million copies sold worldwide. The song reached #4 in the US charts and was also an international hit (#2 in the UK, #4 in Germany, #1 in Switzerland).

ong Origin

The song was originally written for the soundtrack to the film "Romeo Is Bleeding", but after seeing (and disliking) the movie, the band decided not to lend the song to the producers. Jon left the track on his shelf and forgot about it, until a friend found the track and convinced him to release it on the band's "Cross Road" album. The music video featured aspiring actress Keri Russell, and actor Jack Noseworthy along with Carla Gugino and Jason Wiles.

Lyrical content

"Always" is a love ballad about a man who is deeply in love with a woman who left him. Speaking about the song in concert in 2004, Jon Bon Jovi said, "So many people have taken this song and really felt like 'awww it's so romantic, it's so wonderful', but truthfully, this guy's practically a stalker, he's a sick human being.... so I'm glad that you guys see the glass as half full". [ This Left Feels Right DVD, 2003] Listen|filename=Bon Jovi- Always.ogg|title=Always|description=30 second sample of Always by Bon Jovi|format=Ogg

Live performances

The song's powerful lyrics and power ballad-sound made "Always" an instant hit at live concerts, but the high demand on Jon Bon Jovi's vocals have seen it rarely performed in concert following the band's 1995/1996 These Days tour. During the 2005/2006 Have a Nice Day Tour it was occasionally performed in the acoustic style heard on the band's 2003 This Left Feels Right album. The song is featured on the band's Live From London Video/DVD. Recently the band has performed the original version on their Lost Highway Tour, particuarly in the UK leg.

Track listing

UK CD single

#"Always" (Edit) (Jon Bon Jovi) 4:52
#"Always" (Jon Bon Jovi) 5:52
#"Edge of a Broken Heart" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 4:33
#"Prayer 94" (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Desmond Child) 5:20

References

*cite web | title= Chart Data: Bon Jovi| work= Worldwide chart positions| url=http://www.mariah-charts.com/chartdata/PBonJovi.htm| accessdate=November 14| accessyear=2006


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