Back… When we were beautiful / Before the world got small / Before we knew it all / Back… When we were innocent / I wonder where it went / Let’s go back and find it…

Pre-Bon Jovi Dinner w/ the Jenns

Pre-Bon Jovi Dinner w/ the Jenns

I’ll admit – I don’t know my Bon Jovi super well. When Jenn Bee wanted to get together a group to go to the DC show, I figured sign me up. Bon Jovi is on my short list of concerts I wanted to see at least once, so I quickly downloaded their greatest hits album, Crossroads, along with their latest album, The Circle. I figured this roughly equated to the Bon Jovi iPod version of CliffsNotes. Granted I didn’t catch it was on a Monday night, but seeing as we’re in April, it’s perhaps overdue that I take a day off from work in 2010. I love that Jenn wears her tour shirt from forever ago -1992 maybe? – to each show. See, here we are beforehand at dinner, with Jenn proudly displaying her tee.

The Rear View

The Rear View

Call me skeptical, but we’d gotten tickets proclaiming “rear view”, and I wasn’t sure how great the seats were going to be. At the Verizon Center, more often than not you end up sitting in really horrible seats, way up and out from the lip of the stage. I was pleasantly surprised by our seats, which although were on the rear side of the stage were significantly closer than we would have been on the flipside. Score! It also meant that before Bon Jovi went on and the screen came down, we were the only ones able to see him pre-shimmying his booty. Nice! And there were lots of big screens up so you could see his gorgeous face. May all men age so nicely – that’s all I’m saying…

One of my favorite songs off of the new album is titled “When We Were Beautiful” – and it was amazing live. Here’s a little clip I snagged, along with the lyrics. I don’t think I ever fully appreciated how well written, moving, and positive their lyrics are. This one especially gets me though.

The world is cracked
The sky is torn
I’m hanging in
You’re holding on

I can’t pretend
That nothings changed
Living in the shadows
Of the love we made

Back… When we were beautiful
Before the world got small
Before we knew it all
Back… When we were innocent
I wonder where it went
Let’s go back and find it

Sha la la Sha la la hey Sha la la
Sha la la Sha la la hey Sha la la

Some dreams live
Some will die
But the you and me
Is still alive

Now am I blessed?
Or am I cursed?
Cause the way we are
Aint the way we were

Back… When we were beautiful
Before the world got small
Before we knew it all
Back… When we were innocent
I wonder where it went
Let’s go back and find it

The world is cracked
The sky is torn
So much less
Meant so much more

Back… When we were beautiful
Before the world got small
Before we knew it all
Back… When we were innocent
I wonder where it went
Let’s go back and find it

Back… When we were beautiful
Back… When we were beautiful
Back… When we were beautiful
Back… When we were beautiful

Sha la la Sha la la hey Sha la la
Sha la la Sha la la hey Sha la la

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