CRUSH ON YOU

Album version


Alright!
Whoa!
Yeah!

My feets were flying down the street just the other night
When a Hong Kong special pulled up at the light
What went inside, man, was just c'est magnifique
I wanted to hold the bumper and let her drag me down the street

Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you tonight

Sometimes I spot a little stranger standing 'cross the room
My brain takes a vacation just to give my heart more room
For one kiss, darling I swear everything I would give
'Cause she's a walking talking reason to live

Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you tonight
Ah whoa!

Well now she might be the talk of high society
She's probably got a lousy personality
She might be a heiress to Rockefeller
She might be a waitress or a bank teller

She makes the Venus de Milo look like she's got no style
She make Sheena of the Jungle look meek and mild
I need a quick shot, Doc, knock me off my feet
'Cause I'll be minding my own business walking down the street
Watch out!

Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you tonight
Watch out!

Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you tonight
Hey hey hey..., come on!

Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Come on!
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you

Whoa!
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you
Ooh ooh, I gotta crush on you


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Info

CRUSH ON YOU is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1980 album The River. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of CRUSH ON YOU in 1980.

Composition and Recording

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The River

Bruce Springsteen wrapped up the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour on the first day of 1979. For the next few months, he altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between January and June 1979), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between March and May 1979), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from March to late August 1979).

By the end of August, enough quality material had been recorded at The Power Station, and it was looking like an album might be released in Christmas 1979. A title, "The Ties That Bind", and tracks were selected and wheels put in motion to produce artwork for the cover. Around September, at least ten tracks were mixed to completion. On 04 Oct 1979, the ten selected tracks were dubbed to two half-track reel-to-reel tapes at The Power Station, and labeled "side one" and "side two". The producer was Jon Landau and the engineers were Neil Dorfsman and Bob Clearmountain. These selected tracks were as follows:


Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #1, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind (reel #2, front)

Mock covers with "The Ties That Bind" title were roughed out early in the planning. The cover shot was to be a picture of Bruce Springsteen in front of a barn, with the back cover being a shot of his face behind a screen door. In late September 1979, and for reasons never fully explained, The Ties That Bind album was scrapped as Springsteen's writing process continued.

A second phase of recording sessions was scheduled. Again, for the next few months, Springsteen altered between composing and practicing solo demos at his home in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), rehearsing with the band at his Telegraph Hill Road property in Holmdel, NJ (between September 1979 and February 1980), and recording in studio at The Power Station in New York City, NY (from October 1979 to June 1980).

The combined sessions from March 1979 to June 1980 produced the double album The River that was eventually released in October 1980. The studio sessions to some extent extended into August 1980 due to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band's involvement in the recording of Gary U.S. Bonds' album Dedication, which was released April 1981).

Bruce Springsteen -- The River
Bruce Springsteen -- The River

The album features 20 new Springsteen compositions and clocks at 83:47. It was produced by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Landau, and Steven Van Zandt, engineered by Neil Dorfsman, and mixed by Bob Clearmountain, Chuck Plotkin, and Toby Scott. Track list:

According to recording engineer Neil Dorfsman, about 50 songs were recorded to a completed state during The River sessions. 20 were released on The River and 14 were released as B-sides and on official compilations. 14 songs are circulating via the unofficial route, but the majority of them are poor recordings of band rehearsals at the Telegraph Hill Road property, though it is likely that most of them exist as completed takes from The Power Station.

Other Official Releases

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Other versions of CRUSH ON YOU were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of CRUSH ON YOU was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.

Live History

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Covers

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Available Versions

List of available versions of CRUSH ON YOU on this website:

CRUSH ON YOU [Album version]

Page last updated: 25 Dec 2015