Jon Bon Jovi Finds Solace In His Guitar

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Jon Bon Jovi performs at the London Palladium on October 10, 2016. [Photo By: Neil Lupin via Getty Images]

Jon Bon Jovi no longer writes songs about blood red nails, cowboys or runaways. As he grows older, he mixes a bold defiance (of injustice and negativity in general) with a more mature appreciation for love, life and hope. More than 30 years after taking the world by storm, Bon Jovi is still making hit records.

This House Is Not For Sale may prove to be the finest Bon Jovi album this century. It is the perfect reminder of why the band have sold 130 million albums (and counting) and packed out stadiums for three decades.The title track off the band’s new album is as good a song as he has ever written.

But nobody writes a ballad like Jon Bon Jovi. It’s his superpower. Scars On This Guitar, on which Brett James and Billy Falcon share co-writing credit, has been released as the fifth music video from the album. It was released a week ago exclusively via streaming site, Tidal – but is now available worldwide on YouTube.

Jon Bon Jovi bares his soul on this track, revealing how he finds comfort in his guitar when he feels alone. The song starts off with some really pretty chords that add a new element to the classic sound of a Bon Jovi ballad.

The video’s largely understated theme is contrasted with lyrics that are filled with a fascinating display of honesty and intriguing vulnerability. It is interspersed with live footage from the band’s concert archives, with new footage of Jon and his guitar serving as the main focal point.

With songs as powerful as Scars On This Guitar on the album, its no wonder that critics have applauded Bon Jovi’s latest effort.

This House Is Not For Sale is officially the #1 album in the US, Australia, and Japan. It debuted in the Top 5 in 54 other countries. The album now arrives at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart with total consumption/album equivalents of 129,211 – while the iTunes charts place the release at #1 in 25 countries.

The album is available from iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, GooglePlay, Spotify, Tidal and local retailers worldwide.

Bon Jovi hits the road in February 2017 for the This House Is Not For Sale Tour.


Scars On This Guitar – Video


For an inside look into what inspired the lyrics, music and story behind “Scars On This Guitar” check out the Track Commentary by Jon Bon Jovi.


The Lyrics

Another Friday night I’m somewhere
A little drunk and worn out from the show
It’s a hallway to a hotel room
The truck’s already rolling down the road
I find the lights take off my coat
I see her there just lying on the bed
She’s seen me through my yesterdays
God knows tonight I’m needing her again

[Chorus]

She’s the place I go
When there’s nowhere left to run to
She’s the one I hold
When there’s no one to hold on to
She’s been with me late at night
When I was drowning in the dark
She heard my every word
When I was pouring out my heart
So I thank my lucky stars
For every crack, scratch and scar on this guitar

She’s given me her best
When I am at my worst
When I can’t find the pieces
Fingers scratching in the dirt
She offers no forgiveness
‘Cause she likes to make it hurt

[Chorus]

She’s the place I go
When there’s nowhere left to run to
She’s the one I hold
When there’s no one to hold on to
She’s been with me late at night
When I was drowning in the dark
She heard my every word
When I was pouring out my heart
So I thank my lucky stars
For every crack, scratch and scar on this guitar

Morning like a freight train
Last night still ringing in my head
Before today becomes tomorrow
Tonight I know I’ll do it all again

[Chorus]

She’s the place I go
When there’s nowhere left to run to
She’s the one I hold
When there’s no one to hold on to
She’s been with me late at night
When I was drowning in the dark
She heard my every word
When I was pouring out my heart
So I thank my lucky stars
For every crack, scratch and scar on this guitar
And so I thank my lucky stars
For every crack, scratch and scar on this guitar

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