"These Days" as written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richard Sambora....
I was walking around, just a face in the crowd
Trying to keep myself out of the rain
Saw a vagabond king wear a Styrofoam crown
Wondered if I might end up the same
There's a man out on the corner
Singing old songs about change
Everybody got their cross to bare, these days

She came looking for some shelter with a suitcase full of dreams
To a motel room on the boulevard
Guess she's trying to be James Dean
She's seen all the disciples and all the wannabes
No one wants to be themselves these days
Still there's nothing to hold on to but these days

These days, the stars seem out of reach
These days, there ain't a ladder on these streets
These days, are fast, nothing lasts in this graceless age
There ain't nobody left but us these days

Jimmy shoes busted both his legs, trying to learn to fly
From a second story window, he just jumped and closed his eyes
His momma said he was crazy, he said, momma, I've got to try
Don't you know that all my heroes died
And I guess I'd rather die than fade away

These days, the stars seem out of reach
But these days, there ain't a ladder on these streets
These days are fast, love don't last in this graceless age
Even innocence has caught the morning train
And there ain't nobody left but us these days

I know Rome's still burning
Though the times have changed
This world keeps turning round and round and round and round
These days

These days, the stars seem out of reach
But these days, there ain't a ladder on these streets
These days are fast, love don't last in this graceless age
Even innocence has caught the midnight train
And there ain't nobody left but us these days

These days, the stars seem out of reach
These days, there ain't a ladder on these streets
These days, are fast, nothing lasts
There ain't no time to waste
There ain't nobody left to take the blame
There ain't nobody left but us these days


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"These Days" as written by Richard Sambora Jon Bon Jovi

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is a great song. I believe that bon jovi is a little bit underestimated. These lyrics can compete with those of other groups that are considered to be more ''profound''..
    hellason May 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have been a Bon Jovi fan for a long time but this song has always got me good! I love it, its one of their BEST that people have No idea about! You kind of have to be a fan to realize the These Days and Keep The Faith albums were the absolute BEST! they had the most emotion and they had amazing music in general!
    Imaginepcon December 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a damn good song...I love it lyrically
    smurfjkelleron June 08, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love 'Jimmy shoes...' onwards, that verse is brilliant. Everything thats good about Bon Jovi is in this song, never gets old.
    linz_eon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDo you think the line
    Don't you know that all my heroes died?
    And I guess I'd rather die than fade away
    Has to do with Kurt's suicide he did write it's better to burn out than fade away in his suicide letter.

    Anyways i think this song is one of BJ deepest lyrically and the whole These Days album rocks. A great song to chill to.
    antmannon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. There ain't nobody left but us these days...
    allenegirlon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell.. about the Kurt connection.. "his" quote "it's better to burn out than to fade away" was originally from Neil Young and Neil's text is somehow inspired by James Joyce:

    Better pass boldly into that other world,
    in the full glory of some passion,
    than fade and wither dismally with age

    But still, I agree, that verse and especially that part of the verse is amazing
    Mankeron November 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeh, i dont think theyve ever said whether the better to burn out than fade away bit was a reference to kurt cobain, but given that this album came out a year after he died, its not impossible that it was inspired by him. im pretty sure that kurt wasnt a bon jovi fan tho, if u read the cobain diaries, he actually moans that someone says theyre becoming like bon jovi (or something like that). personally i love them. this song was awesome at wembley.
    torrance21on January 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont need no words for this. Sitting here silent now. Just saying.
    Samborafpon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA LITTLE bit underestimated? You're damn right they are.. a HUGE bit, though
    Samborafpon July 17, 2005   Link

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