Nights That I Died for You

‘This Ain’t a Love Song’ was recorded Bon Jovi’s 1995 sixth studio album, These Days.  It was written by band members Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, along with American songwriter and producer Desmond Child, and it reached #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and #6 on the UK Singles Chart.  This song is about the heartache that you feel when you lose someone that you love.  I detest the word “you’s”, because it has a backwoods hick sound to it, like the Southern word y’all.  It seems to be a real word that is the plural of you, and instead of saying “you people”, a substation of “you’s”, could be used.  However, in this song it seems to be used as a made-up contraction of “you is”, and everyone knows that “you are” is the grammatically correct way to say this, unless of course you is a stupid person.  In the chorus, the guy states that “If the love that I got for you’s gone, if the river I cried ain’t that long.  Then I’m wrong, yeah I’m wrong, this ain’t a love song”, so it is sort of self-explanatory.  Logically if a condition is true, that leads to a certain point of view, but if the condition turns out to be false, then an opposite point of view, should be valid.  Thus, if the love he had with her is not gone, then it’s not a love song, as it would be more of an “I miss you” song, but if this love were gone, that would make it a love song.

The guy is still hung up on this girl, thinking back about what he could have done different, but their relationship is over.  These memories are frustrating, because things didn’t work out and he is still madly in love with this girl.  He comes to his senses, realizing that her saying goodnight, was really her saying goodbye.  He does a lot of whining and crying, but love has a tendency to make people blind to their actions.  It takes him a long time to face his feelings, but in the end, he realized that this relationship wasn’t worth saving and he should stop trying to hold on to it.

I should have seen it coming when the roses died
Should have seen the end of summer in your eyes
I should have listened when you said goodnight
You really meant goodbye
And baby, ain’t it funny, how you never ever learn to fall?
You’re really on your knees when you think you’re standing tall
But only fools are ‘know-it-alls’ and I played that fool for you

I cried and I cried, there were nights that I died for you, baby
I tried and I tried to deny that your love drove me crazy, baby

If the love that I got for you’s gone, if the river I cried ain’t that long
Then I’m wrong, yeah I’m wrong, this ain’t a love song

Baby, I thought you and me would stand the test of time
Like we got away with the perfect crime
But we were just a legend in my mind. I guess that I was blind
Remember those nights dancing at The Masquerade
The clowns wore smiles that wouldn’t fade
You and I were the renegades, some things never change

It made me so mad ‘cause I wanted it bad for us baby
Now it’s so sad that whatever we had ain’t worth saving, oh

If the love that I got for you’s gone, if the river I cried ain’t that long
Then I’m wrong, yeah I’m wrong, this ain’t a love song
If the pain that I’m feeling so strong is the reason that I’m holding on
Then I’m wrong, yeah, I’m wrong, this ain’t a love song
I cried and I cried, there were nights that I died for you, baby
I tried and I tried to deny that your love drove me crazy, baby

If the love that I got for you’s gone, if the river I cried ain’t that long
Then I’m wrong, yeah, I’m wrong, this ain’t a love song
If the pain that I’m feeling so strong is the reason that I’m holding on
Then I’m wrong, yeah, I’m wrong, this ain’t a love song

Written for Bee’s Love Is In Da Blog 22 where today we are asked to find a Love Song, that isn’t a Love Song, but you think it’s a Love Song.

9 thoughts on “Nights That I Died for You

  1. I’m currently reading an updated Simple Minds biography and I remembered this track.
    “Love Song” became Simple Mind’s first single to enter the UK Top 50 – peaking at #47 in August 1981.

    In coats of many colour
    Reptile man drop
    Stay below it [Repeat: x4]
    Temperature drop

    America’s a boyfriend
    Untouched by flesh of hand
    Heartbeat under [Repeat: x4]
    Some promised land

    Love song [Repeat: x4]

    On and on and

    On and on and

    Flesh of heart
    Heart of steel
    So well so well
    I cut my hair
    Paint my face
    Break a finger
    Tell a lie
    So well so well

    America’s a boyfriend
    Untouched by flesh of hand
    Stay below it
    Stay below
    In glory days that come and go
    Some promised land

    Love song [Repeat: x4]

    And on and on and
    On and on and
    On and on and

    Stay below
    Shout below
    Flesh of heart
    Heart of steel
    Flesh of heart
    Heart of steel
    Flesh of heart
    Heart of steel
    Flesh of heart
    Heart of steel
    Love song
    Love song
    Love song
    And love song

    Stay below
    Shout below
    In glory days that come and go
    Stay below
    Shout below
    In glory days that come and go

    Love song
    Love song
    Love song
    On and on and
    On and on and
    On and on and
    And on and on and…

    Source: Lyric Find

    Songwriters: Kerr, Burchill, Forbes, MacNeil, McGee

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