"Something To Believe In" as written by Bobby Dall, Bret Michaels, Bruce Anthony Johannesson and Rikki Rocket....
Well I see him on the TV
Preachin' 'bout the promised lands
He tells me to believe in Jesus
And steals the money from my hand
Some say he was a good man
But Lord I think he sinned, yeah
Twenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn't want him back
Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon
Our lawyers took his wife and kids,
No regrets
In a time I don't remember
In a war he can't forget
He cried forgive me for
What I've done there
'Cause I never meant the things I did"

And give me something to believe in
If there's a Lord above
And give me something to believe in

Oh, Lord arise
My best friend died a lonely man
In some Palm Springs hotel room
I got the call last Christmas Eve

And they told me the news
I tried all night not to break down and cry
As the tears rolled down my face
I felt so cold and empty
Like a lost soul out of place
And the mirror, mirror on the wall
Sees my smile it fades again

And give me something to believe in
If there's a Lord above
And give me something to believe in, oh Lord

Sometimes I wish to God
I didn't know now
The things I didn't know then
Road you gotta take me home

I drive by the homeless sleeping on
A cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read
Jesus Saves
A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they're living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich is drinkin' from a golden cup
And it just makes me wonder
Why so many lose, so few win

And give me something to believe in
And give me something to believe in
If there's a Lord above
And give me something to believe in, oh Lord
And give me something to believe in
And give me something to believe in

You take the high road
And I'll take the low road
And give me something to believe in
And give me something to believe in
Yeah sometimes I wish I didn't know now
The things I didn't know then, yeah
And give me something to believe in, yeah, yeah


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"Something to Believe In" as written by Douglas James Falconer John Melville Lee Archer

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS, Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentEverything you ever wanted to know about this song:
    The whole road crew was like a family by the time they finished touring for the second album "Open Up and Say... Ahh". Kimo, Poison's bodyguard, like all the other members of the crew had gotten heavy into drugs, alcohol, and women. Over the months that their third album, "Flesh & Blood" was being recorded, Kimo's health got consistantly worse. One day in late December of 1990, he died all alone in his Palm Springs hotel room. When Bret got the call on Christmas Eve, he went into hysterics. He locked himself in his room and didn't come out until this song was finished. It tells not only the life story of Kimo, but of Bret's cousin Bob who was wounded in Vietnam. The video for the song is equally as powerful. When Bret saw the image of Kimo on the screen, he lost his compsure and had to leave the set for several hours before coming back to finish his part. The video got 1st place in MTV's "World Series of Video" Peoples Choice Awards.

    "Long Live Rock" - Bret Michaels, 2001
    big_j_coolon March 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSorry for all ye Jesus friends, but I don't think you understand it at all... this song is about a man whose faith in God is challenged by a number of things, things that make him look up to heaven and challenge whoever is there ("If there's a lord above...oh Lord arise"). And then finally realising that there is nobody up there, that all the beautiful words the church uses are empty and devoid of real meaning ("He tells me to believe in Jesus, and steals the money from my hand"). Jesus saves... but as the years pass by, and the neon letters break down, the homeless are still homeless. Hollow words, nothing changed.

    And no, realising your faith is in vain is not easy ("Sometimes I wish to God I didn't know now the things I didn't know then")... hence the cry, the desperate cry of a man robbed of his foundations in life, for "something to believe in". Brilliant song, I love it.
    dreamgirl1983on August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell in the beginning I agree with scoy68 about Tom Batter...... and he ( Bret Michaels) is saying he doesn't know what to think or believe after what happen in vietnam and how his friend committed sucied at palm springs. So he is saying we all need something to believe in when times get tough. When it doesn't even have to be god but im personaly a big christian..... Sorry for some of my spelling
    Andrew27on November 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about someone who needed direction in his life and turned to god to understand that the rich will always be rich and the poor will always be poor......great song
    adbinder24on June 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti just love this song and poison
    yikwanon June 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song from this type of music..... It's great how he just, looks up to God to help him in tough times....... This song is great......

    Also, POISON RULES!!!!!! Wooooooooooooo!
    TheRyno731on July 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincredible song...one of the best hair band ballads ever.
    zigafuon April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song and when you read the lyrics you know its a great song and that it meant alot to bret when he wrote it.
    luv2behatedon November 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is accualy about one of his friends that commited suicide.
    juggalos2don September 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt has nothing to do with money, it's very simple. This song tells of the trials and tribulations of fate, whether it's you do everything for your country and you get no respect to eating hand to mouth on the local street, there is always harsher times than what you think you are going through. We need to help or pray for everyone who is in conditions worse than we are, for we would never want to be in those situations. GOD just deals a weird hand for us to play, let's not let him down.
    After all, he gave us these minds to use, why misuse them to better the gift he gave us.
    Gothicoyneon December 07, 2006   Link

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