COVER ME

Album version


Hey!

The times are tough now, just getting tougher
This old world is rough, it's just getting rougher
Cover me, come on baby cover me
Well I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

Now promise me baby you won't let them find us
Hold me in your arms, let's let our love blind us
Cover me, shut the door and cover me
I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me

Hey!
Outside's the rain, the driving snow
I can hear the wild wind blowing
Turn out the light, bolt the door
I ain't going out there no more

This whole world is out there just trying to score
I've seen enough, I don't wanna see any more
Cover me, come on and cover me
I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me
Whoa!

Outside's the rain, the driving snow
I can hear the wild wind blowing
Turn out the light, bolt the door
I ain't going out there no more

This whole world is out there just trying to score
I've seen enough, ain't gonna see any more
Cover me, wrap your arms around me and cover me
Well I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me
I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me
Yeah I'm looking for a lover who will come on in and cover me
Whoa!

Alright!
Come on baby
Come on baby
???
Come on baby
Cover me!
[fades out]


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Info

COVER ME is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1984 album Born In The U.S.A.. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of COVER ME as released in 1984.

Composition and Recording

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Born In The U.S.A.

Born In The U.S.A. is Bruce Springsteen's seventh studio album. It was released on 04 Jun 1984 on Columbia Records. It was recorded between January 1982 and February 1984 at The Hit Factory and The Power Station in New York City, NY.

Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 46:57. It is produced by produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt.

Single Release

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Other Official Releases

The album version of COVER ME can also be found on two Bruce Springsteen promo-only samplers and at least one various artists album.

Bruce Springsteen / Little Steven -- Born In The U.S.A. / Voice Of America
Bruce Springsteen / Little Steven -- Born In The U.S.A. / Voice Of America

LP - AFRTS (unknown catalog number) – USA, 1984

US-only LP distributed by the U.S. military's "Armed Forces Radio And Television Service" for library rental at overseas Army bases. Side one contains four tracks from Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. album and side two contains four tracks from Steven Van Zandt's Voice Of America album. The disc comes in a plain cardboard sleeve.
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen

CD – Sony (XDDP 93084) – Japan, 1992

Japan-only promotional CD sampler compiling 16 tracks from Springsteen's studio albums up to 1992.
Various artists -- Music For The Miracle (USA vinyl issue)
Various artists -- Music For The Miracle

LP - Columbia (FZ 40315) - USA, 1986
MC - Columbia (unknown catalog number) - USA, 1986
LP - Epic (EPC 26793) – Europe (made in Holland), 1986
LP - CBS (120.747) - Argentina, 1986
LP - CBS (308) - Venezuela, 1986

A benefit album issued in support of the T. J. Martell Foundation to fight Leukemia and Cancer. The Argentina and Venezuela issues are titled "Musica Para El Milagro".

Other versions of COVER ME were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
The live 30 Sep 1985 version of COVER ME was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- LA Sports Arena, California 1988
The live 23 Apr 1988 version of COVER ME was released on the LA Sports Arena, California 1988 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO 8/23/2008
The live 23 Aug 2008 version of COVER ME was released on the Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO 8/23/2008 official live download in 2017.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/09
The live 20 Oct 2009 version of COVER ME was released on the Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/09 official live download in 2017.

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Live History

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Appearance in Movies

Bruce Springsteen's album version of COVER ME appears in one movie.

Promotional poster for the film "The Trip"
It was used in the 2002 film The Trip, directed by Miles Swain and starring Larry Sullivan and Steve Braun. No soundtrack album was released for this film.

Covers

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Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Totem Records (TTM 480499 2) - Italy, 1995

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. COVER ME is performed by Bestaff.
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute

CD - CMH (CD-8510) - USA, 1999

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 2007 under the title "Bluegrass Interpretations Of Bruce Springsteen", under the same label and with catalog number CD 5227.
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute

CD - Going For A Song (GFS402) - UK, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Millennium Gold (MG2110) - Holland, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One

CD - Uncut (2003 04A) - UK, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a free CD (volume 1 of 2) issued exclusively with the April 2003 issue of Uncut magazine. COVER ME is performed by Thea Gilmore.
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Cedar (1402) - Europe, 2004

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 1
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 1

Digital album - Charly Records (no catalog number) - unknown country, 2006

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Pop Royals -- Sing The Hits Of Bruce Springsteen
The Pop Royals -- Sing The Hits Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Marathon Media (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2009

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Where It's At Is Where You Are (WIACD20) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. COVER ME is performed by Jennifer O'Connor.
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)

Digital album - Starlite / Suite 102 (unknown catalog number) - Canada, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set

Digital album - Planet Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was also released the same year as three separate volumes: Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 1 1973-1985, Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 2 1980-1989, and Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 3 1990-2009. A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set however includes two tracks not found on the three separate volumes. In 2012, the same tracks found on A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set were distributed over three download-only digital Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp tribute albums: Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 1, Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 2, and Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 3.
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Big Eye Music (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1

Digital album - Zulu (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- I Hear You're From Australia - My Name's Bruce Too
Various artists -- I Hear You're From Australia - My Name's Bruce Too

2xCD - Laughing Outlaw (LOR160CD) - Australia, 2013

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. COVER ME is performed by Will And The Indians.
Boo Hoo & The Burning Hell -- Sing For The Lonely
Boo Hoo & The Burning Hell -- Sing For The Lonely

CD - no label (no catalog number) - Germany, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.
Various artists -- Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.

LP - Lightning Rod Records (LRR25523) - USA, 2014
CD - Lightning Rod Records (LRR25523) - USA, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. COVER ME is performed by Apache Relay.
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA

Digital album - Open Records (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2014

This is a download-only digital album. 13 of the 20 tracks are covers of Bruce Springsteen songs. COVER ME is performed by Ultradance.
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, recorded live on 09 Jan 2015 at Inferno Di Dante in Tortona, Italy.
The Waybacks & Friends -- Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 2015: Back In The U.S.A.
The Waybacks & Friends -- Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 2015: Back In The U.S.A.

CD - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2016

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes -- Live From E Street
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes -- Live From E Street

12" EP - Leroy Records (MVD9637LP) - USA, 2017

This is a live Bruce Springsteen tribute EP. It's a Record Store Day exclusive release. This EP was first released by the same label in 2016, with different track order, different title (Live From 10th Avenue), different artwork, different catalog number (2016-2011), and sold only by Southside Johnny at his shows. The songs were recorded in the winter of 2015 at a private party in Asbury Park, NJ.

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Available Versions

List of available versions of COVER ME on this website:

COVER ME [Album version]
COVER ME [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
COVER ME [Live 10 May 1988 version]
COVER ME [Live 28 Jun 1988 version]
COVER ME [Live 29 Jun 1988 version]
COVER ME [Live 07 Aug 1992 version]

Page last updated: 02 Feb 2016