Dualisme Bon Jovi?

Saya penikmat lagu Bon Jovi. Sejak sekolah menengah pertama. Album pertama yang kami punya adalah Cross Road. Lantas menyusul These Days dan Young Guns (Blaze of Glory). Dulu saya cuma menelan nada beberapa lagunya. Baru kini saya baca liriknya. Ada yang unik. Ada pertentangan dalam lagu Livin’ on a Prayer dan Hey God.

Dua lagu itu punya kesamaan, ada tangan Tuhan dalam kerasnya kehidupan. Livin’ on a Prayer bercerita tentang sepasang Tommy dan Gina. Hidup mereka susah. Kelas menengah bawah. Sama-sama bekerja demi menyambung hidup. Mereka percaya, dalam kesusahan ada pertolongan Tuhan.

Lirik ini juga banyak menuai kritik lantaran dianggap antiserikat pekerja. Tommy keluar kerjaan lantaran serikat galangan kapal mogok. Imbasnya, Tommy kena pecat.

Tommy used to work on his dokcs
Union’s been on strike, he’s down on his luck
It’s tough, so tough

Gina works the diner all day
Working for her man, she brings home her pay
For love, for love

She says we’ve got to hold on to what we got
It doesn’t make a difference if we make it or not
We got each other and that’s a lot for love
We’ll give it a shot

Oh we’re halfway there
Oh oh livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Oh oh livin’ on a prayer

Bandingkan dengan Hey God yang menyuarakan sebuah frustrasi.

Hey God I’m just a little man, I got a wife and family
But I almost lost my house, I bought into dream
We’re barely holding on, when I’m in away to deep
We’re two paychecks away from living on the streets

She’s a working single mom, like a Saint she doesn’t complain
She never says a word, but she thinks that she’s to blame
Her son just got convicted, he blew some cop away
She did her best to raise him, but the world got in the way

Hey God, tell me what the hell is going on
It seems like all the good shit’s gone
It keep on getting harder haning on
But hey hey hey he God
Each night you know I want to scream
These days You even harder to believe
I know how bussy You must be
But hey hey hey hey God
Do You ever think about me

Saya sih tetap suka dua lagu itu. Apalagi menikmati besetan gitar Richie Sambora.


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