Bed of Roses (song)

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"Bed of Roses"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Keep the Faith
Released January 26, 1993 (1993-01-26)
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Hard rock
Length 6:38
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"Keep the Faith"
(1992)
"Bed of Roses"
(1992)
"In These Arms"
(1993)
Music video
Bed of Roses at YouTube.com

"Bed of Roses" is a rock song released by Bon Jovi in late January 1993, from the album Keep the Faith. Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song in a hotel room while suffering from a hangover and the lyrics reflects his feelings at the time. The song contains drawn out guitar riffs and soft piano playing, along with emotive and high vocals by Jon Bon Jovi.

The song's power ballad style made it a worldwide hit, and it demonstrated the band's new, more mature sound after their success as a glam metal band in the '80s. Released as a successful single in 1993, it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the top 40 mainstream,[1] #13 in the UK Top 40, and #10 in the German Top 100.

A Spanish version, "Cama de Rosas," was also recorded.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Bed of Roses" begins with shots of Richie Sambora playing guitar high in the mountain tops, and then cuts to scenes of Jon alone in his hotel room, the band recording the song in the studio, and finally performing live on stage. Initially the video directors wanted Jon Bon Jovi to be on the mountain tops, but Jon said: "I was on top of a mountain in 'Blaze of Glory', send them" (Richie Sambora and David Bryan, who is seen playing the piano at the mountain top).

The live portions were filmed at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on December 31, 1992 as part of a special 1993's New Year's Eve concert. In order to get the liveliest and largest crowd there for the video, the band made arrangements to have no floor seating, and to have one price, general admission tickets.

Track listing[edit]

International release[edit]

  1. "Bed of Roses"
  2. "Lay Your Hands on Me (Live)"
  3. "Tokyo Road (Live)"
  4. "I'll Be There for You (Live)"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 23
France (SNEP)[4] 49
Germany (Media Control AG)[5] 10
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[6] 9
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 27
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 10
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

End of year chart (1993) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 57

Legacy[edit]

"Bed of Roses" became a staple on Bon Jovi setlists for years to come, and was featured on the band's Cross Road greatest hits album, and in acoustic style on This Left Feels Right. A live performance can be viewed on the Crush Tour DVD. A version with lyrics in Spanish was also recorded, entitled "Cama De Rosas".

The song was also recorded by the hard rock band Hinder as a bonus track of the Wal-Mart re-release of their debut album, Extreme Behavior. Toše Proeski covered this song during his concerts and on his posthumous 2011 album S ljubavlju od Toseta.

Cultural references[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic (Bon Jovi charts & awards) Billboard singles". 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  4. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  5. ^ "Bon Jovi - Bed Of Roses". Charts.de. Media Control. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  7. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses". Singles Top 60. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  9. ^ "Bon Jovi – Bed Of Roses – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  10. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  11. ^ "Bon Jovi Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Bon Jovi. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  12. ^ "Bon Jovi Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Bon Jovi. Retrieved November 2, 2012.
  13. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  14. ^ In the line, "Lay me down on a bed of roses", in the 1st verse of the song "If I Die Young".

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