EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU)

Elliott Murphy's album version


Elliott Murphy:Everything I do
Leads me back to you
A-see me standing in the acid rain
A-full of existential pain
(Ooh) A-you can look for love so long
Until you're sure you'll never feel so good again
(Ooh) Then you came along
Like an angel, like a lover, like a friend

Murphy and Springsteen:Yeah everything I do (everything I do)
Leads me back to you

Bruce Springsteen:Well I'm a man without a place
Sometimes afraid to show my face
Hear me humming in the night
When you turn out the light
(Ooh) They can blow my tires out
'Til I'm filled up with nothing else but doubt
(Ooh) Still I'm rolling on my rims
Oh baby, coming back to you again

Murphy and Springsteen:Yeah everything I do (everything I do)
Leads me back to you

Elliott Murphy:When I'm on the rise
When it's do or die or lullaby
Would you take an alibi
If I said was you and I
Further on

Murphy and Springsteen:'Cause it's everything I do (everything I do)
Everything I do (leads me back to you)

Elliott Murphy:You know it's hard for a man to sing
When his pride blocks everything
A-you can have a way with words
When your thoughts they can't be heard
(Ooh) But don't take it the wrong way
Like half the things I ever tried to say
(Ooh) Well I got my demons too
A-but my angels, they're all cheering for you

Murphy and Springsteen:'Cause everything I do (everything I do)
It leads me back to you
Yeah everything I do (everything I do)
Leads me back to you
'Cause everything I do (everything I do)
It leads me back to you
Yeah everything I do (everything I do)
Leads me back to you
Everything I do (everything I do)
It leads me back to you
Yeah everything I do (everything I do)
Leads me back to you

Info

EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU) is a song written by Elliott Murphy and released on his 1995 album Selling The Gold. The above lyrics are for Elliott Murphy's album version of EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU) as released in 1995.

Elliott Murphy -- Selling The Gold
Elliott Murphy -- Selling The Gold

CD - Musidisc (118112) - France, 1995
CD - Deja Disc (DJD 3224) - USA, 1995

Bruce Springsteen contributed to the studio recording of EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU), providing duet vocals. Eliot Murphy recorded his album at IPC Studios in Belgium. Springsteen overdubbed his parts around mid-1995 at Thrill Hill West, his home studio in Los Angeles, CA. The complete line-up on this track includes Andy Newmark (drums), Chucho Merchan (acoustic bass), Bertrand Bonello (acoustic piano), Kevin Mulligan (electric guitar), Frank Deruyter (horns), Serge Plume (horns), Carlo Mertens (horns), B.J. Scott (backing vocals), Mieke Delanghe (backing vocals), Elliott Murphy (acoustic guitar, lead guitar, voice), and Bruce Springsteen (vocal).

Elliott Murphy talking about the songs on Selling The Gold:

Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You) is a complicated love song of sorts after finally realizing that to love another I must learn to love myself first. I wrote the song after listening to Lucinda Williams and admiring her sense of phrasing so much. Bruce Springsteen and I had done Rock Ballad together at one of his shows in Paris in 1992 and after 20 years of friendship it was the first time we sang together so I asked him to sing with me on this one because I thought our voices would blend well. He decided to sing that second verse without any prompting from me. I guess the "blow my tires out...rolling on my rims" imagery was irresistible.

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on Selling The Gold, Elliott Murphy's album version of EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU) was also included on several other official releases.

Elliott Murphy -- Love To America
Elliott Murphy -- Love To America

CD EP - Dejadisc (DJP 5201) - USA, 1996

This is a promotional 5-track EP.
Various artists -- Rare Trax Vol. 1
Various artists -- Rare Trax Vol. 1

CD - Rolling Stone (no catalog number) - Germany, 1997

This is a free CD issued exclusively with the January 1997 issue of Rolling Stone magazine Germany.
Elliott Murphy -- Wild Horses: A Collection Of Radio-Friendly Songs
Elliott Murphy -- Wild Horses: A Collection Of Radio-Friendly Songs

CD EP - Dusty Roses (DR001-SG) - Spain, 2000

This is a promotional 5-track EP.
Various artists -- Blue Rose Nuggets 2
Various artists -- Blue Rose Nuggets 2

CD - Blue Rose (BLU NG002) - Germany, 2003
Elliott Murphy -- Never Say Never: The Best Of 1995-2005... And More
Elliott Murphy -- Never Say Never: The Best Of 1995-2005... And More

CD + DVD - Last Call (3100842) - France, 2005
CD + DVD - Blue Rose (BLU DP0358) - Germany, 2005
Elliott Murphy -- Never Say Never: The Best Of 1995-2005... And More
Elliott Murphy -- Never Say Never: The Best Of 1995-2005... And More

2xLP + 7" single - Blue Rose (BLU LP0358) - Germany, 2005

EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU) is on the 7" single on the vinyl issue.
Elliott Murphy & Bruce Springsteen -- Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You)
Elliott Murphy & Bruce Springsteen -- Everything I Do (Leads Me Back To You)

CD single - Xana Records (XR-EM-001-SG) - Spain, 2005

This is a promotional 1-track single.
Various artists -- Mother Earth Blues Vol.1
Various artists -- Mother Earth Blues Vol.1

CD - Strawberry Recording (SRCD 126) - UK, 2008
CD - Renaissance Records (RMED-255) - USA, 2009

This is charity album that helps the Green Warriors Of Norway's fight to save the last remaining Norwegian wolves.

Live History

As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed EVERYTHING I DO (LEADS ME BACK TO YOU) live.

Credits

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

Requests

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  • Elliott Murphy -- Love To America || CD EP - Dejadisc (DJP 5201) - USA, 1996
  • Elliott Murphy -- Wild Horses: A Collection Of Radio-Friendly Songs || CD EP - Dusty Roses (DR001-SG) - Spain, 2000
  • Elliott Murphy -- Never Say Never: The Best Of 1995-2005... And More || 2xLP + 7" single - Blue Rose (BLU LP0358) - Germany, 2005

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Available Versions

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