Song written by Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Desmond Child. Originally recorded and released by the American rock band Bon Jovi, it was released as a single from their 1986 album 'Slippery when wet'. It became the band's signature song, selling almost a million copies in the USA alone.
The song is about a fictional working class couple, Tommy and Gina, who struggle to make ends meet and maintain their relationship. Tommy 'used to work on the docks' because 'union's been on strike, he's down on his luck'. Gina works at a diner, 'workin' for her man'. Jon Bon Jovi explained that he "wrote that song during the Reagan era (1980–88) and the trickle-down economics are really inspirational to writing songs".
Kim Wilde sang the song together with Chesney Hawkes and the Rock Choir during a concert in Birmingham on 6 June 2015.