#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Blaze of Glory” – Jon Bon Jovi

There was a time when I was a big fan of Country & Western music. Grew up listening to the classics like Patsy Cline, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash just to name a few. My grandma used to sing on the local radio station, taught all her kids how to pick a guitar. My dad still can’t read sheet music, but he’ll play you those old C&W hits acoustic, electric, steel or banjo – hell, he can even play the Ukulele.

Sometime in the early 2000’s Chris LeDoux passed away, Garth Brooks retired, Reba McEntire settled into a hit TV sitcom and the sound of country music took a turn for the pop-arena. It wasn’t difficult to let it fade out of my “new favorites” library. My radio stations got re-programmed, my two-step’s gotten a little rusty, but I still cry when Patsy sings “Crazy.” Even with the good ol’ songs to choose from, though, I couldn’t bring myself to dig into them for today’s pick. Instead, I’ve chosen a great rock song written for a 90’s western about a real-life wild west outlaw, making it about the countriest non-country song ever sung.

This week’s theme is: Cowboy/Gun/Hat/Horse/Western

Young Guns and Young Guns II are still fun to watch after all these years, with its star-packed cast, intense action, perfectly placed humor, a glimpse at Emilio Estevez’s naked arse (or maybe his body double’s?) and let’s not forget some of the most memorable movie quotes of all time. The movies had the side benefit of renewing an interest in the the old west and the legends of people like Billy the Kid, the less appreciated side affect of a bunch of teens looking to experience Peyote, and scored Jon Bon Jovi his first hit single as a solo artist.

Here are a couple of fun facts I learned on Wikipedia:

  • While many think “Wanted Dead or Alive” was also written for the Young Guns movies, it wasn’t. Emilio Estevez asked for the already released hit to be the main song on the second movie’s soundtrack, but instead, Jon Bon Jovi wrote “Blaze of Glory.”
  • Jon Bon Jovi made a cameo appearance as a prisoner in the movie Young Guns II in the scene where Chavez and Doc were in the pit.

Here are some famous quotes from the Young Guns movies:

  • “Reap the whirlwind, Sheriff Brady. Reap it!”
  • “Dog, hey dog! Did you see the size of that chicken?”
  • “Hey, Chavez, how come they ain’t killin’ us?” – “Cuz we’re in the spirit world, asshole, they can’t see us!”
  • And my personal favorite:

Now, onto the music…enjoy!

I wake up in the mornin’
And I raise my weary head
I’ve got an old coat for a pillow
And the earth was last night’s bed
I don’t know where I’m goin’
Only God knows where I’ve been
I’m a devil on the run
A six gun lover
A candle in the wind, yeah

You’re brought into this world
But they say you’re born in sin
Well at least they’ve given me something
I didn’t have to steal or have to win
Well, they tell me that I’m wanted
Yeah I’m a wanted man
I’m colt in your stable
I’m what Cain was to Able
Mister catch me if you can

I’m goin’ down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
I’m goin’ down in a blaze of glory
Lord I never drew first
But I drew first blood
I’m no one’s son
Call me young gun

You ask about my conscience
And I offer you my soul
You ask if I’ll grow to be a wise man
Well I ask if I’ll grow old
You ask me if I’ve known love
And what if I could sing songs in the rain?
Well, I’ve seen love come
I’ve seen it shot down
I’ve seen it die in vain

Shot down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
But I’m going down in a blaze of glory
Lord, I never drew first
But I drew first blood
I’m a devil’s son
Call me young gun

Each night I go to bed
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
No, I ain’t lookin’ for forgiveness
But before I’m six foot deep
Lord, I got to ask a favor
And I hope you’ll understand
‘Cause I’ve lived life to the fullest
Let this boy die like a man
Starin’ down the bullet
Let me make my final stand

Shot down in a blaze of glory
Take me now but know the truth
I’m going down in a blaze of glory
Lord, I never drew first
But, I drew first blood
I’m no one’s son
Call me young gun

I’m the young gun
Young gun, yea eee yea
Young gun

Source: Musixmatch | Songwriters: JON BON JOVI | Blaze of Glory lyrics © Bon Jovi Publishing, UNIVERSAL-POLYGRM INTL PUB OBO BON JOVI PUBLISHING

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10 responses to “#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Blaze of Glory” – Jon Bon Jovi”

  1. My boys still “howl” this one way too loud! 😄

    I prefer “older” Jon, but must admit he was king of the 80s’ rock star look! 😅

    Love the post! 👍

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    1. LOL Boys, sheesh… you just gotta love ’em, right? Or lock the door before they can get in? 😀

      I prefer his older music, too, but so glad he was asked to do this one for the movie. Not sure if anyone else could’ve done better at the time. Thanks, Fle! ❤

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  2. This song is perfect, thanks for adding it. I enjoyed listening to this.

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  3. Great post about you, your family, and the Old Country music. I like Bon Jovi’s song. Wonderful guitar playing. The setting for the video kicks butt!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks, Jade! Yeah, I don’t even want to know how they got all of those props up onto that butte just for a video, but it’s definitely awesome. 🙂

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  4. Love it…the movie, the song, especially looking at Jon Bon Jovi!

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    1. lol Right? Thanks, Janet! 😀

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  5. That is a really good song, and of course Bon Jovi! The movie was a good one, too. 🙂

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