August 14, 2022

Among all the patriotic Ukrainian songs used on social media to bolster morale in Ukraine, there is also plenty of American music as well. One such song is Bon Jovi's 2000 hit "It's My Life." A video from the early days of the war went viral and the song has been in use ever since.

In the video above, Ukrainian soldiers on their way to the front are rockin' out hard to it, the video released yesterday.

It's my life
It's now or never
But I ain't gonna live forever
I just want to live while I'm alive
(It's my life)

Source: LA Times, March 2022

Bon Jovi saluted Ukraine this week after footage of Ukrainian civilians preparing for war to the tune of “It’s My Life” went viral on social media.

In the clip — which has amassed more than 2 million views on Twitter alone — dozens of community members in Odessa, Ukraine, rock out to the Bon Jovi anthem while filling sandbags on a beach and loading them into an orange truck. One person can even be seeing playing the drums on a makeshift stage while Jon Bon Jovi’s gruff voice blasts from the speakers.

After Olexander Scherba, Ukraine’s ambassador to Austria, tagged Bon Jovi in a video of the people of Odessa gathering “fortifications & getting ready to fight,” the rock band responded Tuesday with a poignant lyric from the 2000 hit.

“This is for the ones who stood their ground...” the group tweeted along with the video and the hashtag #SlavaUkraini, which means “Glory to Ukraine.”

The ambassador's tweet.

Bon Jovi's response.

And a couple of weeks later in Milwaukee.

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