The Jezebel

Using What They Have to Get What They Want.

You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi’s 80s classic, “You Give Love a Bad Name”, talks about a Jezebel or a Femme Fatale who used her great looks and lies to make a guy fall in love with her even though she was suing him for the fame. Below are some key lyrics that characterize the jezebel.

Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame, darling
You give love a bad name

An angel’s smile is what you sell
You promise me heaven then put me through hell
Chains of love, got a hold on me
When passion’s a prison you can’t break free

You’re a loaded gun, yeah
There’s nowhere to run
No-one can save me, the damage is done

In the first verse of the song, Bon Jovi describes the way she used her good looks, “angel smile”, and heavenly promises to lure him in. She uses her chains of love to keep him close and after he realizes how poison and destructive she is there is nothing else that can be done because according to Bon Jovi, “the damage is done.” He also compares the woman to a loaded gun, which doesn’t seem like something a respectable woman would want to be compared to.

Below is it you tube video of the song. Once again, ENJOY!


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