Bon Jovi Approves Ukraine Defense Effort Song Soundtrack

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As the people of Ukraine continue to defend themselves against the Russian invasion, a video has surfaced of the different ways people are preparing to fight. One such video recently released online showed the citizens of Odessa ready to hold their ground, and part of the preparation was spurred on by Bon Jovi’s 2000 hit, “It’s My Life.”

As you’d expect, Jon Bon Jovi saw the footage, quoting the song’s lyrics a bit in response: “This is for those who held on… Odessa, Ukraine. #SlavaUkraini

It’s no big surprise that New Jersey-native Bon Jovi is throwing in his support as a 101.5 New Jersey FM points out that the state has the fourth largest Ukrainian population in the United States

As you see in the clip, Odessa residents fill and load sandbags into the back of a truck as Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” plays. There’s even a handy beater to kick the beat extra to boost the action as the effort continues.

Take a closer look at the lyrics below to see why the song is so fitting.

Bon Jovi, “It’s My Life” lyrics

This is not a song for the broken hearted
No silent prayer for the dead
And I won’t be just a face in the crowd
You gon’ hear my voice when I shout it out loud
It’s my life
It’s now or never
But I won’t live forever
I just wanna live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, “I did it my way”
I just wanna live while I’m alive
It’s my life
Yeah, this is for those who held on
For Tommy and Gina, who never backed down
Tomorrow gets harder, don’t get me wrong
Luck ain’t even lucky, you gotta take your own breaks
It’s my life
And it’s now or never
I won’t live forever
I just wanna live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, “I did it my way”
I just wanna live while I’m alive
Because it’s my life
You better stand up straight when they call you
Don’t bend, don’t break, baby, don’t back down
It’s my life
And it’s now or never
‘Cause I won’t live forever
I just wanna live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, “I did it my way”
I just wanna live while I’m alive
And it’s now or never
I won’t live forever
I just wanna live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said, “I did it my way”
I just wanna live while I’m alive
Because it’s my life

Although Bon Jovi’s tweet helped spread the video, the initial footage was shot and posted by Olexander Scherba on Twitter, who noted that “#Odessa is preparing fortifications and preparing to fight”, and has requested that the video go to Bon Jovi.

Since the invasion began last month, OHCHR verified that there had been nearly 1,000 civilian deaths and over 1,500 injuries.

Revisit Bon Jovi’s 2000 hit “It’s My Life” in the player below, and you can see how other rock and metal bands are contributing to the war effort in Ukraine in the gallery below.

Bon Jovi, “It’s my life”

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