“Bed of Roses” captures the more tender, romantic side of the arena rock band as Bon Jovi aces the power ballad form on the Keep the Faith track. As they entered the Nineties, it also helped prove their maturity as a band as the popular music around them shifted away from the flashiness of the Eighties.
“Bed of Roses” is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi in late January 1993, from the album Keep the Faith. Jon Bon Jovi wrote the song in a hotel room while suffering from a hangover and the lyrics reflect his feelings at the time. The song contains drawn out guitar riffs and soft piano playing, along with emotive and high vocals by Jon Bon Jovi.
The song’s power ballad style made it a worldwide hit, and it demonstrated the band’s new, more mature sound after their success as a glam metal band in the 1980s. Released as a successful single in 1993, it reached #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, #5 on the top 40 mainstream, #13 in the UK Top 40, and #10 in the German Top 100.
A Spanish version, Cama de Rosas, was also recorded.
Bed of roses is an English expression, which refers to a bed of roses prepared by Clytemnestra for her returned from Trojan War husband Agamemnon to deceive and kill him while he was laying relaxed or in some sources he was pierced and killed by thorns of roses. Thus “Bed of roses” generally represent a very happy careless life, e.g., which can end tragically at any moment “Just because you sleep on a bed of roses,” “Just because you’ve got an easy life.” This idiomatic expression is still popular in English language and its examples can be found in news time to time here is one good example of this phrase, The life of the royal family is a bed of roses in Great Britain.
Originally from Homer’s Iliad, the expression is also used by later poets. Here is a line in Christopher Marlowe’s poem The Passionate Shepherd to His Love. This was published posthumously in 1599; Marlowe died in 1593, stabbed to death
And I will make thee beds of roses
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers, and a kirtle
Embroidered all with leaves of myrtle;
The song became a staple on Bon Jovi setlists for years to come and was featured on the band’s Cross Road greatest hits album, and in acoustic style on This Left Feels Right. A live performance can be viewed on the Crush Tour DVD. A version with lyrics in Spanish was also recorded, entitled “Cama De Rosas”.
The song was also recorded by the hard rock band Hinder as a bonus track of the Wal-Mart re-release of their debut album, Extreme Behavior. Toše Proeski covered this song during his concerts and on his posthumous 2011 album S ljubavlju od Toseta. American country singer Cassadee Pope covered this song during her 2014 concert tour.
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