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Proof once and for all Springsteen is better than Bon Jovi

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I’m so tired of hearing the drone of the argument. When something is inarguable, there ought not be an argument. Yet here we are, our Governor-elect Phil Murphy being asked who he likes better between Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi. First of all, any reporter asking this question already knows the answer. Bon Jovi and Murphy have been friends for years. Their children went to the same school and they met at parent pickups. After becoming close friends, Bon Jovi has helped Murphy on the campaign trail with doing mini-concerts for fundraising. He was also there with his buddy Phil the night he won. So why ask what you already know he’ll say? If Jon Bon Jovi is your personal friend and helped finance your campaign of course your answer will be Bon Jovi.

Politically I think Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen are rockers both off their rockers. For Jon to have helped this taxation machine acquire the governor’s office is awful. For Bruce to pontificate on liberal politics is also awful. I say shut up and rock.

But when it comes to pure talent, let’s get a grip on reality here. First of all, if it weren’t for women and Bon Jovi’s looks, they would have just been a run of the mill 80’s band. His music is exalted to something it’s not. For Bruce it was never about looks, never about glitzy music videos or appearances on Ally McBeal. It was about soul.

You want proof of who’s better? Take a look at lyrics written by Jon Bon Jovi and compare them to lyrics written by Bruce Springsteen. I am purposely leaving out song titles as I want people to focus on the words and not preconceived notions they have of particular songs.

Jon Bon Jovi

Your love is like bad medicine
Bad medicine is what I need, whoa
Shake it up just like bad medicine
There ain’t no doctor that can cure my disease
Bad medicine

(Wow, that’s really deep…said no one ever)

Bruce Springsteen

I had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They’re still there, he’s all gone

(Think about how much is said here in only so few words. Had someone he loved embroiled in American’s most controversial war, and the result? No regime change and a loved one coming home permanently psychologically broken)

Jon Bon Jovi

We got something to believe in
Even if we don’t know where we stand
Only God would know the reasons
But I bet he must have had a plan
Cause you were born to be my baby
And baby, I was made to be your man

(That’s cute I guess)

Bruce Springsteen

When I lost you honey sometimes I think I lost my guts too
And I wish God would send me a word send me something I’m afraid to lose
Lying in the heat of the night like prisoners all our lives
I get shivers down my spine and all I wanna do is hold you tight

(And it just gets even more poetic from there)

Jon Bon Jovi

What you get ain’t always what you see
But satisfaction is guaranteed
They say what you give is always what you need, whoa whoa
If you want me to lay my hands on you
Lay your hands on me

(I guess it rhymes at least)

Bruce Springsteen

Outside the street’s on fire
In a real death waltz
Between what’s flesh and what’s fantasy
And the poets down here
Don’t write nothing at all
They just stand back and let it all be
And in the quick of the night
They reach for their moment
And try to make an honest stand
But they wind up wounded
Not even dead

(If you don’t see this as brilliant, well, sorry for you)

Jon Bon Jovi

As I sit in this smokey room
The night about to end
I pass my time with strangers
But this bottle’s my only friend
Remember when we used to park
On Butler Street out in the dark
Remember when we lost the keys
And you lost more than that in my backseat

(Women swoon for this song, probably because they wanted to be the one in that backseat)

Bruce Springsteen

Well now on a summer night in a dusky room
Come a little piece of the Lord’s undying light
Crying like he swallowed the fiery moon
In his mother’s arms it was all the beauty I could take
Like the missing words to some prayer that I could never make
In a world so hard and dirty so fouled and confused
Searching for a little bit of God’s mercy
I found living proof

(Springsteen once said this was as close as he had come to writing the perfect song)

So all I’m saying is if you look at the lyrical depth between these two artists, it’s clear Jon Bon Jovi looks for rhymes that will go with music that will make a hit record whereas Springsteen looks for true art. Jon Bon Jovi has never been and will never be the writer or performer that Bruce Springsteen was and still is. Sorry Bon Jovi fans, I know the truth hurts.

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