Misunderstood (Bon Jovi song)

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Single by Bon Jovi
from the album Bounce
Released November 30, 2002
Format CD
Genre Hard rock
Length 3:30
Label Island
Producer(s) Luke Ebbin, Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora
Bon Jovi singles chronology
"All About Lovin' You"
"All About Lovin' You"
Alternative cover
Promo CD cover
Front cover of Misunderstood Promo CD Single by Bon Jovi.jpg

"Misunderstood" is a single by American rock band Bon Jovi, released in 2002. It is from the album Bounce. The song was featured on the 2003 Brazilian soap opera Mulheres Apaixonadas as a theme of the love couple (Edwiges and Cláudio). The song was a big hit there, making the song a Top 5 hit. The single is a version of the album cut that was remixed by Tim Palmer at Electric Lady Studios in New York.

Music video[edit]

The video begins with a girl, Jill, opening the door to her room where she and her boyfriend, Jack, live. As she enters, she catches both Jack and another woman naked in bed. Shocked and embarrassed, Jack claims that it isn't what it looks like and begs her to let him explain. The video turns into a flashback and the music begins. The flashback shows Jack's far-fetched explanation with his dialogue displayed at the bottom of the screen and Bon Jovi playing the song throughout. Here is Jack's dialogue:

"I was buying you flowers...I slipped and hit my head...I was unconscious...someone stole my wallet...I had amnesia...I wandered aimlessly...I found the pick-pocket...and chased him...into a bad situation! They put me in a box...and dumped me into the river! I floated for hours...finally I landed ashore...I just wanted to go home...but I was mistakenly arrested...and put behind bars. They finally caught the real crook...I ended up outside a secret club...I was front row at a Bon Jovi concert...and my memory came back! I was attacked by dogs...they ripped my clothes off...finally I made it to your bedroom...and just then an earthquake hit...and this girl fell through the ceiling!"

Then the video returns to the present and ends with Jack saying, "And that's exactly how it happened."

The uncut version of the video features different footage of Bon Jovi playing the song, as well as an extended beginning and ending which confirms that Jack was cheating on Jill. In the extended beginning, Jack can be heard while engaged in sexual activity inside of Jill's room just as she opens the door. This is followed by alternate dialogue from Jill where after Jack tells her that it isn't what it looks like, she expresses her disbelief by asking him how it could possibly be anything else. This is then followed by additional footage where after Jack begs Jill to let him explain, she urges him to do so. Jack pauses for a moment, clearly unsure as to what he's going to say next, indicating that his following story is a complete fabrication. In the extended ending, after Jack finishes speaking, Jill produces a picture of him in their bed while engaged in a threesome with two other women. She asks him to explain that as well to which Jack nonchalantly says, "You know, there's an even better story for that."

NOTE: The instrumental intro was removed in the uncut version


(Information regarding some of the cast members has not yet been found)


Original (Censored) Version Uncut Version
Jill: Jack, what the hell is going on? Jill: Jack, what the hell is going on in here?
Jack: It's not what it looks like Jack: Baby, baby just wait. This is not what it looks like
Jill: There's a naked chick in your bed Jill: Not what it looks like? How can it not be exactly what it looks like?
Jack: Just let me explain, okay. Just let me explain (the word "explain" then echoes) Jack: Just let me explain, okay. Just let me explain

Jill: Explain it to me, Jack

The song plays as Jack tells his story The song plays as Jack tells his story
Jack:...and that's exactly how it happened (Jack slightly sticks his tongue) Jack: ...and that's exactly how it happened (Jack slightly sticks his tongue)
The music video ends Jill: (Holds a picture of Jack engaged in a threesome) How do you explain this?

Jack: You know, there's an even better story for that (then the music video ends)


Chart (2002–03) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 33
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 37
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[3] 13
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[4] 24
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[5] 19
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 35
Italy (FIMI)[7] 32
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 27
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 39
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[10] 57
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 21
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 15
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[13] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[14] 34

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Misunderstood" (Single Remix) (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Andreas Carlsson, Desmond Child) - 3:45
  2. "Everyday" (Acoustic) (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Andreas Carlsson) - 5:40
  3. "Undivided" (Demo) (Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, Billy Falcon) - 5:08
  4. "Misunderstood" (Video)
  1. "Misunderstood" (Single Remix)
  2. "Celluloid Heroes" (Ray Davies) (Live in London, 2002)
  3. "Joey" (Demo)
Promo CD
  1. "Misunderstood" Mainstream Pop Remix - 3:45
  2. "Misunderstood" Hot AC Mix - 3:45
  3. "Misunderstood" Call Out Hook - 0:10


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  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bon Jovi - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  7. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood". Top Digital Download. Retrieved February 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood". Singles Top 100. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  10. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Bon Jovi – Misunderstood". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  12. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2012.
  13. ^ "Chart Search Results - Bubbling Under Hot 100 2003-04-05". Billboard.biz. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Bon Jovi Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 11, 2012.

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