” Livin’ on a Prayer ” is a song by the American rock band Bon Jovi, and is the band’s second chart-topping single from their third album Slippery When Wet. ” Livin’ on a Prayer ” is the band’s signature song, topping fan-voted lists and re-charting around the world decades after its release.
Livin’ on a Prayer is played at 122 Beats Per Minute (Allegro), or 31 Measures/Bars Per Minute.
The reason the key change in “ Livin’ on a Prayer ” sounds so dramatic is because it is just a ridiculous leap. In the last chorus, they jump an entire minor third up from the previous choruses. That’s one way to do it.
They called her Gina because she reminded them of (Italian actress) Gina Lollobrigida. So we started the song off with Johnny and Gina because Johnny was my original name. And (Jon) said, “I can’t be singing about Johnny.
Bon Jovi have been going since 1983, with their first lineup featuring Bryan, vocalist and band namesake Jon Bon Jovi , drummer Tico Torres, bassist Alec John Such and guitarist Richie Sambora. Bon Jovi , Torres and Bryan are still in the group, with Such fired in 1994 and Sambora leaving in 2013.