"Last Man Standing" as written by Jon Bon Jovi and Billy Falcon....
Come see a living, breathing spectacle
Only seen right here
It's your last chance in this lifetime
The line forms to the rear
You won't believe your eyes
Your eyes will not believe you're ears
Get your money out, get ready
Step right up, yeah you, come here

You ain't seen nothing like him
the last one of the breed
You better hold on to your honey
Honeys, don't forget to breathe
Enter at your own risk, mister
It might change the way you think
There's no dancers, there's no diamonds
No this boy he don't lip-synch

[Chorus]
Here's the last man standing
Step right up, he's the real thing
The last chance of a lifetime
Come and see, hear, feel, the real thing

See those real live calloused fingers
Wrapped around those guitar strings
Kiss the lips where hurt has lingered
It breaks the hart to hear him sing
The songs were more than music
They were pictures from the soul
Se keep your pseudo-punk, hip-hop, pop-rock junk
And your digital downloads

[Chorus]

Take your seats now, folks. It's showtime
Hey, Patrick, hit the lights
There's something in the air
There's magic in the night
Now here's the band, they really play
I'll count the first one in
I don't know where it's gone
Well all know where it's been

[Chorus]

The last man standing
Step right up, he's the real thing
The last chance of a lifetime
Come see, hear, feel, the real thing.


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"Last Man Standing" as written by Jon Bon Jovi Billy Falcon

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    General CommentI very much took this song to mean that the bands and artists who play live are a dying breed. Jon doesn't want all the rubbish that passes for music these days, and prefers the classic live stuff. Amazing song, even better live.
    torrance21on September 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif you ignore some parts of the lyrics and imagine anothers ...you can easily imagine it´s all about a falling hero trying to do the right thing.
    ¨You ain't seen nothing like him
    He´s the last one of the breed
    You better hold on to your honey
    Honeys, don't forget to breathe
    Enter at your own risk, mister
    It might change the way you think...¨

    When I heard that song somedays Vendette comes to my head and some times Joe Hallenbeck.

    And anyway... the song´s rhythm sounds very optimistic
    elbirviveon March 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe songs is about how there aren't many "real" artists any more. Jon's said that when he wrote the song he was invisioning a carnival where you could go in and see this real artist who would actually play and write a song.

    I love this song so much. It was the first song I every heard them play live, and everytime I hear the opening riff I get shivers remembering how amazing they were that night.
    live4musicon March 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think about all the living legends at the moment who are still going strong: bob dylan, paul mccartney, eric clapton to name a few. It reminds us who are the inspiring artists that we have left in this world. Jon's right that when johnny cash died, who do we have left that will inspire a new generation of musician? Strong message and a fantastic tempo. Pure class!
    jerseychickon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, somehow this song basically reminds me of jon HIMSELF, cos even though he is very much not in the same league as sinatra or bob dylan or whoever, he and the band are pretty close to it. Or will be in another couple of years, and become living legends themselves by the time THEY are sixty or seventy years old.
    idgraon April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone who has ever watched MTV in the past 10 years knows exactly what was going through his mind when he wrote this.
    PbDirigibleon October 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe opening lead almost sounds like heavy metal
    Anilandon March 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the live acoustic-ish version of this song where he sings "psuedo punk, hip hop, J LO junk"

    He may have just taken it out to avoid insulting anybody, but I personally like "J Lo" in there over "pop-rock"...but either works!

    Anyway, I love the song. I love that he's not afraid to let people know that the music industry plain pisses him off.
    So many of us have been thinking it and have wanted to pull our hair out listening to the "Smack that" junk all over mainstream radio, so it's about time someone with some credibility said something about it.

    He realizes that it's very unlikely that we'll ever have any "legends" arise again because of the way the industry is running things nowadays.


    I'm glad he called hip hop junk too. I don't think all of it's bad, and I think he probably doesn't either, but with all this hip hop that people think is good quality music lately, you just wanna be like "keep your hip hop junk" because it's so horrible and laughable that people actually think it's amazing.
    mememe89on June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUnique. Stirring. Great song!
    aboldoneon August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"See those real live calloused fingers
    Wrapped around those guitar strings
    Kiss the lips where hurt has lingered
    It breaks the hart to hear him sing"
    Stirs up thoughts of Johnny Cash for me.
    PureBrillianceon November 15, 2007   Link

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