"Joey" as written by Jon Bon Jovi and Richard Sambora....
Joey Keys was from my neighborhood
Some would say that he was bad and Joe thought that was good
Joey got the name "Keys" picking locks
He never really robbed no one; it sure amused the cops
Joey's parents owned a restaurant
After closing time they'd give us almost anything we'd want
I never cared that Joey Keys was slow

Though he couldn't read or write too well but we'd talk all night long.

Come on, come on, come on
What you gonna do with your life?
Come on, come on, come on
Chasing sparks in the nights
His old man said tomorrow is a ride that goes nowhere
But I'll pull some strings, get blackbird wings
And break us out of there

[Chorus:]
Hey Joey
C'mon tell me 'bout your dreams
Tell me all the sights you're gonna see
Tell me who you're gonna be

Hey Joey
You're gonna kiss the girls goodnight
Sometimes you got to stand and fight
It'll be alright
We're gonna find a better life

See Joe was 3 years younger to the day
Acting like a little brother but became my ball and chain
I met this girl named Rhonda, she fell for me
She said, "I might learn to like him but love ain't built for three."

[Chorus]

Hey Joey
You're gonna kiss the girls goodnight
Sometimes you got to stand and fight
It'll be alright

Hey Joey
News gets around in this fading neighborhood
The old man lost the restaurant
He drinks more than he should
It's time for Joey keys to do some good
Pick the lock off our lives, let's get out of here like we always said we would

[Chorus]

Hey Joey
You're gonna kiss the girls goodnight
Sometimes you got to stand and fight
It'll be alright

We're gonna find a better life
Find a better life
Find a better life


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"Joey" as written by Richard Sambora Jon Bon Jovi

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    General CommentThis song is so dedicated, although, as far as I've been told, not actually about any of the Bon Jovi guys. I think that the 'singer' chose Joey over Rhonda, cause he meant that much to him.
    Nataliexoon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's so cool with bands that write their songs like books, and have special peolpe who come back in many songs. Bon Jovi has Tommy, Gina and Joey. It's like the poems from the 17th-18th century..
    Samborafpon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is definitely one of Jovi's best.
    A brilliant story of friendship and loyalty no matter what.
    They're always criticised but I think under-rated as writers. Always have been.

    springsteen: the greatest
    The Magic Raton October 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwho is joey based on anyway? he's even mentioned in wild in the streets. like tommy and gina seem to be based on jon and dorothea, atleast in livin' on a prayer, cos that song comes across as being autobiographical... then is joey also based on some actual person, or is he just a figment of bon jovi imagination?
    idgraon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really, really love this song, it used to make me cry real hard :).
    Anyone think it's the same Joey mentioned in Wild In The Streets?
    LucyBongiovi62on January 01, 2011   Link
  • -5
    General Commenti think this song is sooooooo gay.
    distilledbloodon July 27, 2008   Link

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