"I think if there was only one song that showed "the real me", it would be a tough choice between 'Livin' On A Prayer' and 'Wanted Dead Or Alive.' Maybe because the themes of 'Wanted' are a little more universal, it makes 'Prayer' that much more unique. There is nothing that you can say is derivative about the song. It is its own entity." - Jon Bon Jovi
"I think the most interesting part of that song, it was the first time we ever used characters. We bring in ''Livin' on a Prayer'' two characters, Tommy and Gina , which essentially were some blue collar people trying to make ends meet through life, and essentially that was my parents. It could've been Jon and I in that particular part of time. It could've been anything.'' - Richie Sambora
"The inspiration was a young couple who got pregnant and gave up everything they had, but that didn’t read right, so we changed the story.''- Jon Bon Jovi
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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