Radio XLV, side B, track 11: “Living In Sin” by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi - Living In SinOh, Bon Jovi, we could have had this gay marriage controversy all wrapped up years ago if the gay community had just adopted this song as their anthem.  No one in their right mind is going to argue with Bon Jovi when it comes to anything, and sure, maybe this song was initially about some attractive young straight couple shacking up, but you could easily interpret this to represent any couple who is being ostracized or condemned because of their love for one another.  Now, I totally get that this song is kind of about NOT needing to get married to show how much two people love each other, but the sentiment is the same.  Who could deny the unmitigated passion in this song?  Who could scoff at the genuine emotion?  No one with a heart, that’s who, Bon Jovi.

Frankly, Bon Jovi, you could get some unlikely allies to come together in this whole deal.  I don’t know that hardcore Bon Jovi fans are necessarily also gay marriage advocates, but if you told them to be, done.  Also, who WOULDN’T want to hear you guys singing at a rally or just hearing your music blaring during a gay rights parade?  No one with a heart, that’s who, Bon Jovi.

So now that we’ve solved the gay marriage issue, I just wanted to reminisce about this song a little.  As I’ve mentioned in the past, I didn’t have access to cable for most of my childhood, and hence, I didn’t have access to music videos.  But I distinctly remember seeing this video.  My family and I were visiting one of my relatives, and they DID have cable, including MTV, and my cousins and I were sitting in the living room watching it, and this video came on, and I was immediately entranced.  I’d like to say it was because of this awesome song, Bon Jovi, but I’ll be honest, it was the sex.  I won’t lie, Bon Jovi, this may have been my first experience with a video making me horny.  Watching it made me feel like I was climbing the rope in gym class, to quote Wayne and Garth.  It was HOT, Bon Jovi.  And now I realize it was also a teensy bit sacrilegious, but that stuff went right over my head as a kid, particularly since I wasn’t Catholic.  But the sex scenes did NOT go over my head, Bon Jovi.  They were aimed right where they were supposed to be.

That was the only time I ever saw that music video, Bon Jovi, until I just tracked it down on YouTube, that is, but I’ve never forgotten it.  And watching it again after all this time, I TOTALLY should not have been allowed to watch it back then, much less with my younger cousins.   I also just realized that when I’m picturing a couple in one of your songs, it’s always THIS couple.  And I ALSO just realized that this video is probably the sole reason that I was forever chasing blonde girls with big hair and big earrings and tight jeans throughout my high school days and beyond.

So I guess the take-away from all this is that we should absolutely use this song to fight DOMA, but it would be best not to let the video anywhere near adolescent males.  Or me.

“Living In Sin”

I don’t need no license
Ta sign on no liiine, and I don’t need no preacher
To tell me yo mine

I don’t need no diamonds
I don’t need no new bride
I just needjoo, baby
Ta look me in the eyyyyes

I know they have a hard time
Yo daddy don’t approve, but I don’t needjo daddy tellin’ us what we should do
Now there’s a million questions I could ask about our lives
But I only need one answer
Ta get me through the night, and I say baby, can ya tell me
Just where we fit in
I call it love
They call it livin’ in sin

Is it you and me or just this world we live in

We livin’ on love
They say we’re livin’ in sin

Ho ohhhh ohhhhhhhh

Is it right for both our parents
Who fight it out most niiights, then pray for God’s forgiveness
When they both turn out the lights

Or wear that ring’a diamonds
When yo heart is made’a stone

Ya can talk but still say nothin’
Stay together but alone

Or is it right to hold you
And kiss yo lips goodnight
But that promise is forever
If ya sign it on the dotted line, oh baby, can ya tell me
Just where we fit in
I call it love
They call it livin’ in sin

Aw, is it you and me or just this world we live in

We livin’ on love
They say we’re livin’ in sin

Woah ohhh ohhhh woooah

Come on!

<awesome Bon Jovi jam>

Hey, baby
Can ya tell me
Just where we fit iiiin, I call it love
They call it livin’ in sin

Aw, is it you and me or just this world we live in

We livin’ on love
Or are we livin’ in sin

I don’t know

Just where we fit in

Sometimes it scares me

<awesome Bon Jovi jam>

Ahhhhhhhh, I don’t know where ta begin
I don’t know where we fit in

Livin’ in siiiiin, ohhhhh

Ohhhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhh

Ohhhhhh ohhhhhhh ohhhhhhhhhhhhh

I don’t know where
Where ta begin

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