Dry County (song)

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"Dry County"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Keep the Faith
Released 1994
Format CD single
Recorded 1992
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 9:52 (Album version)
6:37 (Radio edit)
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Jon Bon Jovi
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"I Believe"
"Dry County"

"Dry County" is a song by Bon Jovi from their 1992 album Keep the Faith. It was written by Jon Bon Jovi. "Dry County" stands as the band's longest song released so far, with a length of 9 minutes 52 seconds. A shorter 6-minute version reached #9 in the UK Charts[1] and #1 in Latin America. It marks Alec John Such's final single with the band before he left the band in 1994.

Lyrical interpretation[edit]

"Dry County" is about the decline of the US domestic oil industry and its effect on those whose income relied on it. In live versions of the song, during the build up to the second guitar solo, Jon Bon Jovi often includes a monologue about the struggles of life generally.

Song structure[edit]

"Dry County" is an epic ballad that contains several rises, climaxes, and instrumental solos, in the vein of such long rock epics as "Free Bird", "Child in Time", "Stairway to Heaven", "Telegraph Road", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "Jungleland", and "Bat Out of Hell".

Live Performances[edit]

Although "Dry County" is considered a fan favorite, it was only played regularly on the Keep the Faith Tour. On May 13, 2006, Bon Jovi played "Dry County" live at the first concert of the summer leg of their Have A Nice Day Tour in Düsseldorf, it was the first time it had been played live in 10 years, and went on to be performed on further occasions on that tour and on the band's more recent Lost Highway Tour. The band's followers often display signs requesting the song. It was also included in the setlist on the The Circle Tour. It has also been performed on the Because We Can Tour being played at the following dates.

  • Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia on December 8, 2013
  • Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada on November 2, 2013
  • MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA on July 27, 2013
  • Hyde Park, London, England on July 5, 2013
  • Stadio San Siro, Milan, Italy on June 29, 2013
  • Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland on June 15, 2013
  • Villa Park, Birmingham, England on June 9, 2013
  • Stockholms Stadion, Stockholm, Sweden on May 24, 2013
  • Olympiastadion, Munich, Germany on May 18, 2013
  • Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa on May 7, 2013
  • Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA on April 19, 2013
  • Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, USA on April 16, 2013

Track listing[edit]

UK release[edit]

CD 1:

  1. "Dry County"
  2. "Stranger in This Town (Live)"
  3. "Blood Money (Live)"

CD 2:

  1. "Dry County (Live)"
  2. "It's Only Rock n Roll (Live)"
  3. "Waltzing Matilda (Live)"


Chart (1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 31
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 26
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 6
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 41
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 9


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