FIRE

Live 16 Dec 1978 version


Original recording:

[Spoken intro:] This is a request. And when we kiss, "Fire". (chuckles)

Two, three, four

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, hmm, fire

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

You got a hold on me right from the start
It's 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
But baby we can bet their love they didn't deny
Your words say split, but your words they lie
'Cause when we kiss, hmm, fire, fire
Burning in my soul, it's out of control

Edited recording:

[Spoken intro:] Are you sick? (chuckles) Ah this is for all the girls here (chuckles).

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, hmm, fire

Well late at night, I'm taking you home
Well I say I wanna stay, you say you wanna be alone
You say you don't love me, girl you can't hide your desire
And when we kiss, ohh, (fire), fire

You got a hold on me right from the start
It's 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
But baby we can bet their love they didn't deny
Your words say split, but your words they lie
'Cause when we kiss, hmm, fire, fire
Burning in my soul, it's out of control
(Fire)


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 16 Dec 1978 performance of FIRE at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour.

This live 16 Dec 1978 version of FIRE was included on the Live/1975-85 box set in 1986. The song is edited on the official release, with the short spoken intro and the count-in removed and replaced by the short spoken intro from the live 07 Jul 1978 version. Additionally the part above in bold ("you say you wanna be alone") was altered, but it's unknown if it was patched in studio or using a live recording. The part between parentheses, sung by Steven Van Zandt, are not audible on the audience recording but can be clearly heard on the official release.

The live 16 Dec 1978 performance of FIRE was also released as a single in 1987 and was included on the Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition) compilation album.

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

Greatest Hits 2009 Edition

Greatest Hits (2009 edition) is a compilation album released by Columbia Records on 13 Jan 2009 in the United State where it was sold exclusively through Wal-Mart retailers. The album was also released (but non-exclusively) in Canada. Unlike the 1995 Greatest Hits release and The Essential Bruce Springsteen in 2003, this compilation was billed to "Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band" instead of just "Bruce Springsteen". The album contains 12 previously released studio tracks and clocks at 53:08.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 USA edition cover art)

On 01 Jun 2009, Columbia Records released a European edition of the compilation album with an alternative track listing to promote Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band's European leg of the Working On A Dream Tour. The European edition was also released in Israel and Mexico, and in Australia in August 2009. The album comes in a standard jewel case, but a limited digipack edition was also released in Europe. Greatest Hits (2009 European edition) contains 16 previously released studio tracks and 2 live bonus tracks taken from the Live/1975-85 box set. It clocks at 79:03.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Greatest Hits (2009 Europe edition cover art)

The album charted in several countries, but only made it to # 1 in Sweden. In general, the album did much better in Europe than in North America.

Other Official Releases

The live 16 Dec 1978 version of FIRE was also included on some Bruce Springsteen promo-only samplers.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85

LP - Columbia (CAS 2543) - USA, 1986
LP - CBS (12CDN 324) - Canada, 1986
LP - CBS (SAMP 1104) - Holland, 1986
LP - CBS (SAMP 1104) - Spain, 1986

Promotional sampler compiling 8 tracks from the Live/1975-85 box set.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live/1975-85

LP - AFRTS (P-23957 RL 50-6) - USA, 1986

12-inch sampler compiling 6 tracks from the Live/1975-85 box set, manufactured and distributed by the U.S. military's "Armed Forces Radio And Television Service" for library rental at overseas Army bases.

Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -- Bruce Springsteen

7" EP - CBS (SSC 6011) - South Africa, 1987

Promotional sampler compiling 4 tracks from the Live/1975-85 box set.


The live 16 Dec 1978 version of FIRE was also released as a single in 1987. In North America and the Philippines, INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version] was the single's B-side. In Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, the single had an alternate configuration with FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version] on the B-side instead. A 5-track 12-inch EP version of the Fire (Live) single was also released in the UK, Holland, Spain, Greece, and Australia.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - Columbia (38 06657) - USA, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - Columbia (CS7 2639) - USA, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version, with spoken intro]
B1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version, without spoken intro]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Incident On 57th Street"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Incident On 57th Street"

7" single - Columbia (13-68706) - USA, 1988

"Hall Of Fame" reissue.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire

12" EP - Columbia (CAS 2636) - USA, 1987

Promotional release.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version, with spoken intro]]
A2- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version, without spoken intro]]
B1- BECAUSE THE NIGHT [Live 28 Dec 1980 version]
B2- SEEDS [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - Columbia (38 06657) - Canada, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Fire"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Fire"

7" single - Columbia (7CDN-40) - Canada, 1987

Promotional release.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen -- "Fire / Fire"
Bruce Springsteen -- "Fire / Fire"

12" single - CBS (51.150) - Brazil, 1987

Promotional release.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Incident On 57th Street"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Incident On 57th Street"

7" single - CBS (CS-10166) - Philippines, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - Holland, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12" EP - CBS (650381 6) - Holland, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
A2- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
B1- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
B2- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
B3- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - UK, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12" EP - CBS (650381 6) - UK, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
A2- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
B1- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
B2- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
B3- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - Spain, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire"
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire"

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - Spain, 1987

Promotional release, one-sided.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- [blank]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12" EP - CBS (650381 6) - Spain, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
A2- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
B1- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
B2- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
B3- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - Portugal, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12" EP - CBS (650381 6) - Greece, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
A2- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
B1- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
B2- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
B3- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - Australia, 1987

The promotional issue is identical to the commercial one with the exception of a promo stamp on the front sleeve.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12" EP - CBS (650381 6) - Australia, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
A2- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
B1- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
B2- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
B3- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - New Zealand, 1987

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7" single - CBS (650381 7) - Japan, 1987

The promotional issue is identical to the commercial one with the exception of a Japanese "promo" writing upon the catalogue number on the labels.

A1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]

In 1987 the live 16 Dec 1978 version of FIRE was also included on Live Collection, a Japan-only EP released to promote the Live/1975-85 box set. The EP was released in both 12-inch vinyl and CD formats.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

12" EP – CBS/SONY (20AP 3326) – Japan, 1987

This Japanese pressing did not come with an obi strip.

A1- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
A2- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
B1- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B2- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

CD EP – CBS/SONY (28DP 777) – Japan, 1987

This is the first of three CD issues of this EP.

01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

CD EP – CBS/SONY (23DP 5248) – Japan, 1988

This is the second of three CD issues of this EP.

01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

CD EP - CBS/SONY (23DP 5248) – Japan, 1989

This is the third of three CD issues of this EP.

01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]

The live 16 Dec 1978 version of FIRE was also released on the Mexican issue of the War EP in 1986.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- War

12" EP - CBS (BS-650536) - Mexico, 1986

This was pressed on both black and red vinyl.

A1- WAR [Live 30 Sep 1985 version]
A2- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
B1- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
B2- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]

Request

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  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- "Fire / Incident On 57th Street" || 7" single - CBS (CS-10166) - Philippines, 1987

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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]

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