Lay Your Hands on Me

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
Single by Bon Jovi
from the album New Jersey
Released August 1, 1989
Format CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 5:59 (album version)
3:49 (radio edit)
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"I'll Be There for You"
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
"Living in Sin"

"I'll Be There for You"
"Lay Your Hands on Me"
"Living in Sin"
Music video
Lay Your Hands on Me on YouTube
A 30-second sample of "Lay Your Hands on Me."

"Lay Your Hands on Me" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi. It was released on August 1, 1989 as the fourth single from the band's 1988 album New Jersey. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's fourth single from New Jersey to chart in the Top 10 and it also charted at #20 on the Mainstream rock charts.[1]

Song structure[edit]

The song runs 6 minutes, with a long intro focused on the drum beats of Tico Torres and keyboard playing of David Bryan as well as the chants of the crowd: "hey!", before going into an extremely hard rock song, filled with loud guitar riffs by Richie Sambora and the husky delivery of lyrics by Jon Bon Jovi. By Jon's own admission, this is one of the few Bon Jovi songs that was written from a guitar riff (Jon Bon Jovi's usual style is to begin writing a song with the title). It was written in the studio while they were recording the New Jersey album.

Music video[edit]

The video for this song was culled from performances at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA and the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR during The Jersey Syndicate Tour. It was also released to home video on New Jersey: The Videos and Cross Road: The Videos. The MTV video for "Lay Your Hands On Me" was shot in Salt Lake in May 1989.[2]

In concert[edit]

For live performances through the 80s and 90s, Sambora would use a double neck guitar with one neck tuned to drop D and the other tuned to Standard tuning. Examples of this can be seen in the official video clip, as well as in the Live From London DVD. During the 2000s he began using a single-necked guitar, as can be seen in The Crush Tour DVD. The song was performed a few times on the Lost Highway Tour. During recent performances on The Circle Tour, the song has been performed with Sambora on lead vocals.

This Left Feels Right version[edit]

"Lay Your Hands on Me" was re-recorded for 2003's This Left Feels Right album. The new version is in a laid-back acoustic style, featuring Sambora playing the Mandocello as the primary instrument. This version was performed at several concerts on the Have a Nice Day Tour.

Cover versions[edit]

After hearing the song and thinking it would be a good Gospel song, country singer Dolly Parton called Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora and got permission to turn the song into a Gospel tune for her 2014 album, Blue Smoke. Dolly and Richie performed this cover at Glastonbury on 29 June 2014.


Chart (1989) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 23
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 47
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[6] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 7
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 20


External links[edit]