FIRE

Official studio version


I'm driving in my car, I turn on the radio
I'm pulling you close, you just say no
You say you don't like it, but girl I know you're a liar
'Cause when we kiss, oh, fire

Well late at night, I'm taking you home
I say I wanna stay, you say you wanna be alone
You say you don't love me, but you can't hide your desire
When we kiss, oh, fire

You had a hold on me right from the start
A grip so tight I couldn't tear it apart
My nerves all jumping acting like a fool
Your kisses they burn but your heart stays cool

Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah
You can bet their love they couldn't deny
Your words say split, but your words they lie
When we kiss, oh, fire, fire

You had a hold on me right from the start
A grip so tight I couldn't tear it apart
My nerves all jumping acting like a fool
Your kisses they burn but your heart stays cool

Romeo and Juliet, Samson and Delilah
You can bet their love they couldn't deny
Your words say split, but your words they lie
When we kiss, oh, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, fire, [fades out]


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Info

FIRE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen. It was originally recorded during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town sessions. The song was officially released for the first time in a live version on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986. See the live 16 Dec 1978 version for more details.

A studio version of FIRE was released on The Promise in 2010. The above lyrics are for that official studio version of FIRE as released in 2010.

Bruce Springsteen's FIRE was most notably covered and released by Robert Gordon and by The Pointer Sisters. See Robert Gordon's cover version and The Pointer Sisters' cover version for more details.

Composition And Recording

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Apparently, Bruce Springsteen wrote FIRE a few days after he and Steven Van Zandt saw Elvis Presley perform live at a 28 May 1977 concert in Philadelphia, PA. He wrote it in a way that he thought could be recorded by his idol Elvis, and the vocal on the 1977 studio version sounds a lot like Bruce trying to sing like Elvis as he previously tried to do with Roy Orbison on the album version of THUNDER ROAD. According to Clinton Heylin's 2012 book E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Springsteen said "I sent [Elvis] a demo of it but he died before it arrived." Springsteen frequently introduced the song on the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour with "this was on Robert Gordon's second album."

Circulating Studio Versions

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The Promise

The Promise is a Bruce Springsteen album that was released on 16 Nov 2010 as part of The Promise: The Darkness On The Edge Of Town Story box set, and separately as a 2-CD set. The album was also issued on a limited edition 3-LP set pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise
Bruce Springsteen -- The Promise

The Promise is a collection of 22 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness On The Edge Of Town recording sessions. Depending on their level of completion back in 1977-1978, some were only remastered, some were overdubbed with 2010 vocals or music, and some were completely re-recorded in 2010. The album was mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

Disc 1 (2-CD format):

  1. RACING IN THE STREET ('78)
  2. GOTTA GET THAT FEELING
  3. OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
  4. SOMEDAY (WE'LL BE TOGETHER)
  5. ONE WAY STREET
  6. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  7. WRONG SIDE OF THE STREET
  8. THE BROKENHEARTED
  9. RENDEZVOUS
  10. CANDY'S BOY

Disc 2 (2-CD format):

  1. SAVE MY LOVE
  2. AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU
  3. FIRE
  4. SPANISH EYES
  5. IT'S A SHAME
  6. COME ON (LET'S GO TONIGHT)
  7. TALK TO ME
  8. THE LITTLE THINGS (MY BABY DOES)
  9. BREAKAWAY
  10. THE PROMISE
  11. CITY OF NIGHT - THE WAY

Notes:

Other Official Releases

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Other versions of FIRE were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- The Agora, Cleveland 1978
The live 09 Aug 1978 version of FIRE was released on The Agora, Cleveland 1978 official live download in 2014.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
The live 16 Dec 1978 version of FIRE was released on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986.
Bruce Springsteen -- The Ties That Bind: The River Collection
The live 05 Nov 1980 version of FIRE was released on The Ties That Bind: The River Collection box set in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980
The live 31 Dec 1980 version of FIRE was released on the Nassau Coliseum, New York 1980 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen -- Video Anthology / 1978-88
The live 13 Oct 1986 version of FIRE was released on the Video Anthology / 1978-88 home video in 1989.
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for all The River Tour 2016 shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include two versions of FIRE.

  1. 17 May 2016 at Estadio Anoeta, Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain
  2. 05 Jul 2016 at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
live.brucespringsteen.net
Audio recordings for all the Summer '17 Tour shows were officially released on live.brucespringsteen.net. These include one version of FIRE.

  1. 16 Feb 2017 at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, Australia

Live History: on-tour

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Live History: off-tour

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Covers

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Jawadde -- "Vrijen / Oh Marietje"
Jawadde -- "Vrijen / Oh Marietje"

7" single - Ariola (100 761) - Holland, 1979

FIRE is a Dutch version titled "Vrijen".
Ostbahn-Kurti & Die Chefpartie -- Ostbahn-Kurti & Die Chefpartie
Ostbahn-Kurti & Die Chefpartie -- Ostbahn-Kurti & Die Chefpartie

LP - Ariola (206 695) - Austria, 1985
CD - Ariola (256 695) - Austria, 1989

Includes three Bruce Springsteen covers: FIRE, HEARTS OF STONE, and POINT BLANK. FIRE is a German version titled "Feuer".
Richard De Groot -- Man At The Top: Medley Of Springsteen Songs
Richard De Groot -- Man At The Top: Medley Of Springsteen Songs

CD EP - Roulette Records (RR001) - Holland, 1997

This EP contains a cover of MAN AT THE TOP plus a medley consisting of 8 Springsteen covers: BECAUSE THE NIGHT, BORN IN THE U.S.A., BORN TO RUN, DANCING IN THE DARK, FIRE, FOR YOU, MAN AT THE TOP, and THUNDER ROAD. The EP also contains an acoustic version of the medley.
Various artists -- If I Were The Boss: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- If I Were The Boss: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Castle (CMQCD1422) - UK, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. FIRE is performed by Shakin' Stevens. The song was originally released in 1979 as a single in Europe.
Mark Wright -- Real World: The Bruce Springsteen Project
Mark Wright -- Real World: The Bruce Springsteen Project

CD - Revolver (REV XD 271) - UK, 2008

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
By The Way -- The Springsteen Sessions
By The Way -- The Springsteen Sessions

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - Switzerland, 2012

This is a fee download-only digital live Bruce Springsteen tribute EP recorded on 05 Nov 2011 at Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche in Bäretswil, Switzerland.
Lorenzo "FullG" Bianchi -- Via Emilia Shuffle
Lorenzo "FullG" Bianchi -- Via Emilia Shuffle

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

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- The Boss Project: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Canada, 2016

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. FIRE is performed by Belinda Bruce and John Wood.

Credits

Thanks Chris Prondzinski for the help on this page.

Available Versions

List of available versions of FIRE on this website:

FIRE [Official studio version]
FIRE [Outtake version]
FIRE [Live 19 May 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 23 May 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 09 Aug 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 19 Sep 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 30 Sep 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 15 Dec 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
FIRE [Live 31 Dec 1980 version]
FIRE [Live 13 Oct 1986 version]
FIRE [Live 02 Nov 2002 version]
FIRE [Robert Gordon's cover version]
FIRE [The Pointer Sisters' cover version]

Page last updated: 17 Apr 2017