COVER ME

Live 30 Sep 1985 version


Nowhere to run to, baby, got nowhere to hide
Got nowhere to run to, baby, got nowhere to hide


Cover me, cover me
Cover me, cover me now
The times are tough
The times are tough
I've seen enough
I don't wanna see no more
Whoaaa
One!

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

Promise me baby you won't let them find us
Hold me in your arms, let's let our love blind us
Cover me, come on darling cover me now
Yeah I'm looking for a lover to come on in and cover me

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

The world is out there just trying to score
I've seen enough I don't want to see any more
Cover me, come on baby cover me
Yeah I'm looking for a lover to 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

The world is out there just trying to score
I've seen enough I don't want to see any more
Cover me, hey hey hey hey
Yeah I'm looking for a lover to come on in and cover me
Yeah, I'm looking for a lover to come on in and cover me
Yeah, I'm looking for a lover to come on in and cover me

Come on baby
We'll slip in the darkness
Shut all the lights darling
Hey hey hey hey, cover me, cover me
Come on and wrap you all around me
Come on and wrap yourself around me
Whoaaa! Whoa-whoa! Whoaaa!
Say! Say! Say! Say!

Cover me, cover me
Cover me, cover me now
The whole world is out there
The whole world is out there
I've seen enough
I don't wanna see no more
Cover me, cover me
Cover me, cover me
Cover me, cover me
Cover me, cover me
Cover me, cover me
Whoaaa-whoaaa!


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 30 Sep 1985 performance of COVER ME at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA, during the Born In The U.S.A. Tour. The song was played in a rearranged full-band version that starts with Patti Scialfa singing two lines from Martha And The Vandellas' NOWHERE TO RUN (the parts in bold) and concludes with a snippet of The Rolling Stones' GIMME SHELTER. This live 30 Sep 1985 performance of COVER ME was included on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.

The 30 Sep 1985 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band wrapped up the Born In The U.S.A. Tour with a series of four consecutive sold-out concerts at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA: 27 Sep, 28 Sep, 30 Sep, and 02 Oct 1985. The 30 Sep 1985 show later became one of the main sources for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes eight recordings from this show. Video clips for two of these songs were released on Springsteen's Video Anthology / 1978-88 home video in 1989. Additionally several pro-shot clips from this show appeared in the BBC documentary Glory Days and in the ABC newsmagazine 20/20 in 1986.

Ticket stub for the 30 Sep 1985 show at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
Ticket stub for the 30 Sep 1985 show at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

  1. BORN IN THE U.S.A.
  2. BADLANDS
  3. DARLINGTON COUNTY
  4. JOHNNY 99
  5. SEEDS
  6. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  7. THE RIVER
  8. WAR
  9. WORKING ON THE HIGHWAY
  10. TRAPPED
  11. OUT IN THE STREET
  12. I'M GOIN' DOWN
  13. GLORY DAYS
  14. THE PROMISED LAND
  15. MY HOMETOWN
  16. THUNDER ROAD
  17. COVER ME
  18. DANCING IN THE DARK
  19. HUNGRY HEART
  20. CADILLAC RANCH
  21. NO SURRENDER
  22. I'M ON FIRE
  23. PINK CADILLAC
  24. BOBBY JEAN
  25. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
  26. BORN TO RUN
  27. RAMROD
  28. TWIST AND SHOUT
  29. STAND ON IT
  30. TRAVELIN' BAND
  31. ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD

The Live/1975-85 Box Set

With the Born In The U.S.A. album and tour, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band reached the highest level of rock stardom. Columbia Records was expecting a follow up studio album and tour that would, like it's predecessor, achieve a huge commercial success. Instead, Springsteen released Live/1975-85, an over-three-hours-and-a-half-long live compilation album consisting of 40 tracks recorded at various concerts between 1975 and 1985.

Bruce Springsteen -- Live/1975-85
Bruce Springsteen -- Live/1975-85

The set was produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, and Bruce Springsteen, and hit the stores on 10 Nov 1986. It was released as a box set with either five vinyl records, three cassettes, or three CDs. Live/1975-85 is the first album to be credited to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" instead of "Bruce Springsteen" only.

The highly-anticipated live album generated advance orders of more than 1.5 million copies, making it the largest dollar-volume pre-order in the history of the record business at the time. Record stores around the country found fans waiting in line on Monday morning before opening and one New York store reportedly sold the album right off the back of the delivery truck. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart and also became the first five-record set to reach the top 10 and the first to sell over a million copies. Live/1975-85 is the second-best-selling live album in U.S. history based on RIAA certification. It has been certified by the RIAA for 13 times platinum, trailing only Garth Brooks' Double Live.

Disc 1 (CD format):

1.THUNDER ROADRecorded live on 18 Oct 1975 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
2.ADAM RAISE A CAINRecorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
3.SPIRIT IN THE NIGHTRecorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
4.4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)Recorded live on 31 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
5.PARADISE BY THE "C"Recorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
6.FIRERecorded live on 16 Dec 1978 at Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
7.GROWIN' UPRecorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
8.IT'S HARD TO BE A SAINT IN THE CITYRecorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
9.BACKSTREETSRecorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
10.ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)Recorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
11.RAISE YOUR HANDRecorded live on 07 Jul 1978 at The Roxy Theatre, West Hollywood, CA
12.HUNGRY HEARTRecorded live on 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
13.TWO HEARTSRecorded live on 08 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Disc 2 (CD format):

1.CADILLAC RANCHRecorded live on 06 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
2.YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)Recorded live on 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
3.INDEPENDENCE DAYRecorded live on 06 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
4.BADLANDSRecorded live on 05 Nov 1980 at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
5.BECAUSE THE NIGHTRecorded live on 28 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
6.CANDY'S ROOMRecorded live on 08 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
7.DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWNRecorded live on 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
8.RACING IN THE STREETRecorded live on 06 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
9.THIS LAND IS YOUR LANDRecorded live on 29 Dec 1980 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
10.NEBRASKARecorded live on 06 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
11.JOHNNY 99Recorded live on 19 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
12.REASON TO BELIEVERecorded live on 19 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
13.BORN IN THE U.S.A.Recorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
14.SEEDSRecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

Disc 3 (CD format):

1.THE RIVERRecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
2.WARRecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
3.DARLINGTON COUNTYRecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
4.WORKING ON THE HIGHWAYRecorded live on 19 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
5.THE PROMISED LANDRecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
6.COVER MERecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
7.I'M ON FIRERecorded live on 19 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
8.BOBBY JEANRecorded live on 21 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
9.MY HOMETOWNRecorded live on 30 Sep 1985 at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA
10.BORN TO RUNRecorded live on 19 Aug 1985 at Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
11.NO SURRENDERRecorded live on 06 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
12.TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUTRecorded live on 20 Aug 1984 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
13.JERSEY GIRLRecorded live on 09 Jul 1981 at Brendan Byrne Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Other Official Releases

The live 30 Sep 1985 version of COVER ME can also be found on three Bruce Springsteen promo-only samplers.

Bruce Springsteen -- Ao Vivo (LP issue)
Bruce Springsteen -- Ao Vivo

LP - CBS (177.127/1-464061) - Brazil, 1986
LP - CBS (CS-10624) - Venezuela, 1986
MC - CBS (77.127/4-464061) - Brazil, 1986
CD - CBS (700.268/2-464061) - Brazil, 1991

Sampler compiling 10 tracks from the Live/1975-85 box set. The Venezuela issue, which features the same overall packaging as the Brazil one, is appropriately titled "En Vivo" (Spanish) instead of "Ao Vivo" (Portuguese).

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live (Argentina LP issue)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live

LP - CBS (70.015) - Argentina, 1986
MC - CBS (170015) - Argentina, 1986
MC - CBS (8283-4) - Uruguay, 1986

Promotional sampler compiling 10 tracks from the Live/1975-85 box set.


Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The "Live" / The Legend Comes Alive

LP - CBS/Sony (XDAP 93156) - Japan, 1986
MC - CBS/Sony (XDKP 93022) - Japan, 1986

Promotional release compiling 10 tracks from the Live/1975-85 box set. The cassette tape issue is extremely rare and features a different artwork.


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]

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