ALL I NEED

Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version


Some men need riches and lots of money to spend
Some men need power to hold over other men
But not me, baby, girl you can believe
I'm telling you my darling

You're, you're all I need
You're, you're all I need
You're, you're all I need
In this world, girl

Some men need fine clothes, big diamond rings
To feel like somebody some men need expensive things
But I feel like somebody, girl, every time you look at me
I don't need nothing to remind me that

You're, you're all I need
You're, you're all I need
You're, you're all I need
In this world, girl

And it's hard to keep holding on
When you put your arms around me, I feel strong
Oh, I feel strong

Some men need a fine home on a far hillside
Some men need a big car to show off as they ride
Some men need a pretty woman just to walk by their side
And some men need to see the fear in another man's eyes
But all I need baby, is all I can see
When you wrap your loving arms around me

You're, you're all I need
You're, you're all I need
You're, you're all I need
In this world, girl

(You're, you're all I need)
You're all I need
(You're, you're all I need)
You're all I need
(You're, you're all I need)
You're all I need, girl
(You're, you're all I need)
Baby, you're, you're all I need
In this world, girl
Mmm, mm
Mmm, mmm
Oh, yeah
Mmm, whoa ooh
Mmm, mmm
Oh oh oh


Info

ALL I NEED is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and donated to Gary U.S. Bonds. See Bruce Springsteen's home demo version for more details.

Gary U.S. Bonds recorded ALL I NEED for his 1982 album On The Line. It's one of eight songs on the album that were produced by Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt. It was recorded in January or February 1982 at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sessions for Gary U.S. Bonds from which the recording sessions Born In The U.S.A. flowed.

The above lyrics are for Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version of ALL I NEED.

Other Studio Versions

According to Brucebase, a Bruce Springsteen vocal rendition of ALL I NEED was likely recorded at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during the January-February 1982 recording sessions with Gary U.S. Bonds – it's the same core recording with the E Street Band that's found on the Bonds album, but with the Springsteen lead vocal overdub.

On The Line

Gary U.S. Bonds released two studio albums and several hit singles in 1961 and 1962, three of which were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Success was short-lived and Bonds relegated to playing the oldies circuit. In the early eighties, his career resurrected with two collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band: Dedication in 1981 and On The Line in 1982.

On The Line is Gary U.S. Bonds' fourth studio album, released in June 1982 on EMI America Records. The musicians backing Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band. The album includes seven songs written by Bruce Springsteen (HOLD ON (TO WHAT YOU GOT), OUT OF WORK, CLUB SOUL CITY, LOVE'S ON THE LINE, RENDEZVOUS, ANGELYNE, and ALL I NEED), one written by Steve Van Zandt, one written by Wayne Carson, and two written by Bonds and Gary L. Anderson. Although Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt are credited as co-producers of all of the album's 11 tracks, Springsteen was actually involved in only eight of them: the seven that he wrote plus The Box Tops' hit SOUL DEEP. Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on the album but he did directly participate, along with the E Street Band, on most of these eight tracks.

The 1991 reissue of On The Line on the Razor Edge label includes album liner note by Gary U.S. Bonds himself. He wrote that they "also recorded three additional cuts for the album which were never mixed including 'Action In The Street', a Springsteen song which I still do in my live shows." The three tracks are ACTION IN THE STREETS, LION'S DEN, and SAVIN' UP.

On The Line produced one single, OUT OF WORK which nearly reached the Top 20, but the album flopped and Bonds was dropped by his label.

On The Line -- On The Line
On The Line -- On The Line

LP - EMI America (SO-17068) - USA, 1982

On The Line was re-released in 1992 on the Razor Edge label (catalog number RE-1988-2).

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on On The Line, ALL I NEED was also included on a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City (album cover art)
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City

CD - Disky (DC 881852) - Holland, 1998

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album consisting of 20 tracks from the Dedication (9 of the album's 10 tracks) and On The Line (all of the album's 11 tracks).

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help.

Some of the above info about the studio recordings is taken from Brucebase.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version of ALL I NEED that's not mentioned on this page.

Bruce Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on On The Line album but this may not be completely true. It has been reported that he contributed backing vocals and guitar on some tracks. Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

Available Versions

List of available versions of ALL I NEED on this website:

ALL I NEED [Home demo version]
ALL I NEED [08 Jul 1981 sound-check version]
ALL I NEED [Gary U.S. Bonds' cover version]

Page last updated: 24 Jan 2013