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Album: Cross RoadReleased: 1994Charted:
This was written for the film Romeo Is Bleeding
, which explains why the opening lines are:This Romeo is bleeding
But you can't see his blood
Jon Bon Jovi didn't like the film (he described it as a "B Movie), so he shelved the song and released it later. The film got its title from the Tom Waits song
The sentiment in this song - "I will love you, baby, always" - would be very sweet if it was reciprocated, but it's clear that the girl has moved on, and his obsession with her is rather unsettling.
The song is very poetic, but kind of frightening if you're the object of his obsession, since he's not going to let it go:
I'll be there
Till the stars don't shine
Till the heavens burst
And the words don't rhyme
Good luck getting rid of this guy.
"It's a sick little twisted lyric," Jon Bon Jovi explained. "So many people feel it's so romantic and so wonderful, but truthfully, this guy is practically a stalker. He's a sick human being."
This was Bon Jovi's best-selling single in the UK, where it sold over 560,000 copies.
Bon Jovi didn't play the electric version of this song live for five years. The acoustic arrangement that appears on the This Left Feels Right
album was performed during the Have A Nice Day tour (2005-06), and no version was performed on the Lost Highway tour until April 20, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa when the original version was played. After the Des Moines show, "Always" became a semi-regular for the rest of the tour.