"If That's What It Takes" as written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richard Sambora....
I played the part of a broken heart upon a shelf
I played that part so lonely and so well
Thought that love belonged to someone else not me and you
Yeah, I know that you've been shattered , you been bruised
We both know what it feels like when you lose
But I'd bet my life on the roll of the dice for you

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
Tonight's the night, I'm gonna prove it to you
Do I have to break down, baby just to break through
If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
If that's what it takes

I bet you counted all the tears I bet you've cried
I bet you swore you'd never let love back inside
'Cause it hurt you way too bad to say good-bye
Now, there'll be times when I might put us to the test
And it's hard for broken hearts to just forget
But I'm driving blind, I'll lay it all on the line for you

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
Tonite 's the night, I'm gonna prove it to you
Do I have to break down, baby just to break through
If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
If that's what it takes

So, when you feel like jumping,
Just when your heart starts pumping
When you're standing out on that ledge-staring over the edge
I'll be there to talk you down, I'll be there before you hit the ground

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
Tonight's the night, I'm gonna prove it to you
Do I have to break down, baby just to break through
If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
If that's what it takes

If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do
If we take the time to do it right, I know we'll pull through
If it took all my life, I'd prove it to you
If that's what it takes, that's what I'd do


Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae

"If That's What It Takes" as written by Jon Bon Jovi Richard Sambora

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    General CommentA love song about doing whatever it takes for the other.
    antmannon June 10, 2003   Link
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    General CommentA good song but it doesn't really fit in on the "These Days" album where most of the songs are midtempo or ballads but nonetheless a good song...
    Bon-Jovi-Dudeon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, The bit that worries me about it though is the "So when you feel like jumping" verse. Although the rest of the song is dead clear on the meaning, that one verse always chills me when I hear it. To me it sounds like he's saying that he'll be with them until the end, even after they jump. This just doesn't seem to fit with the uplifting theme of the rest of the song though
    Furnieon June 11, 2008   Link

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