Burning Bridges is the last Bon Jovi album released through Mercury Records, signaling the end of a 32-year relationship. Frontman Jon Bon Jovi tells the whole story of their split in the record's title track:
After 30 years of loyalty, they let you dig the grave Now maybe you can learn to sing or strum along Well I'll give you half the publishing You're why I wrote this song
Bon Jovi told Billboard magazine: "It fulfills a commitment to Mercury Records. We've parted ways. If you listen to 'Burning Bridges,' the song, it's clearly spelled out."
"This hits it right in the head and tells you what happened," he added. "Listen to the lyrics. That's that."
This wasn't the first time a rocker has recorded a bitter parting gift aimed at Mercury. In 1979 British rocker Graham Parker expressed his frustration with his label's inept marketing in "Mercury Poisoning."
The term 'To burn one's bridges' was originally used in a military sense of intentionally cutting off one's own retreat in order to commit oneself to a course of action. The phrase is now used primarily to reference the intentional alienating of relationships. Other artists that have recorded songs with the title "Burning Bridges" include Mike Curb Congregation, Information Society and Ludacris.
Carla Thomas became the first woman to achieve a Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 with a song she wrote herself when "Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)" reached the chart's top tier in 1961. Thomas was just 16-years-old when she penned it.
Taylor Swift's “Shake It Off” was inspired by how she'd learned to deal with all the false rumors that circulated about her. "The only thing we can control is our reaction to that ,” said Swift. "You can either let it get to you … [or] you just shake it off."
"The Way" by Fastball was inspired by the story of an elderly couple from Texas who drove to a nearby family reunion and kept going. Fastball's bass player imagined them taking off and having fun like they were young. The story didn't end well: the couple was later found dead after they crashed in a canyon.