"You Give Love a Bad Name" is a song by American rock band Bon Jovi, released as the first single from their 1986 album Slippery When Wet. Written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora, and Desmond Child about a woman who has jilted her lover, the song reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 29, 1986 and became the band's first number one hit. In 2007, the song reentered the charts at No. 29 after Blake Lewis performed it on American Idol.


Despite the lyrics of the chorus, the song should not be confused with "Shot Through the Heart", an unrelated song from Bon Jovi's 1984 self-titled debut album.




Lyrics


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


Oh, oh, you're a loaded gun

Oh, oh, there's nowhere to run

No one can save me

The damage is done


Shot through the heart

And you're to blame

You give love a bad name (bad name)

I play my part

And you play your game

You give love a bad name (bad name)

You give love

A bad name


Paint your smile on your lips

Blood red nails on your fingertips

A school boy's dream, you act so shy

Your very first kiss was your first kiss goodbye


Oh, oh, you're a loaded gun

Oh, oh, there's nowhere to run

No one can save me

The damage is done


Shot through the heart

And you're to blame

You give love a bad name (bad name)

I play my part

And you play your game

You give love a bad name (bad name)

You give love


Shot through the heart

And you're to blame

You give love a bad name

I play my part

And you play your game

You give love a bad name (bad name)


Shot through the heart

And you're to blame

You give love a bad name (bad name)

I play my part

And you play your game

You give love a bad name (bad name)

You give love

You give love (bad name)

You give love

You give love (bad name)

You give love

You give love (bad name)

You give love

You give love (bad name)