FOR YOU

Live 29 Dec 1980 version


Ah-one, two, three, four!

Well, princess cards she sends me with her regards
Her barroom eyes shine vacancy, to see her you gotta look hard
I was wounded deep in battle, but I stood stuffed like some soldier undaunted
To her Cheshire smile I'd stand on file, she's all I ever wanted
But you let your blue walls get in the way of these facts
Well baby, get your carpetbaggers off my back
You wouldn't even give me time to cover my tracks
You said, "Here's your mirror and your ball and jacks"
But they ain't what I came for, and I'm sure you see that too

I came for you, for you, I came for you, you did not need my urgency
For you, for you, I came for you, but your life was one long emergency
And your cloud line urges me, my electric surges free

Crawl into my ambulance, your pulse is getting weak
Reveal yourself now to me girl while you got the strength to speak
'Cause they're waiting for you at Bellevue with their oxygen masks
Well I could give it all to you here if only you would ask
Now don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's too late
It's not your lungs this time, it's your heart that holds your fate
Don't give me my money, honey, I don't want it back
You and your pony face and your union jack
Well you can take that local joker and teach him how to act
You know I was never that way even when I really cracked
Didn't you think I knew that you were born with the power of a locomotive
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Your Chelsea suicide with no apparent motive
You could laugh and cry in a single sound
Yeah, oh oh yeah

Your strength is devastating in the face of all these odds
Remember how I kept you waiting when it was my turn to be the god

You were not quite half so proud when I found you broken on the beach
Remember how I poured salt on your tongue and hung just out of reach
And the band, they played the homecoming theme as I caressed your cheek
Yeah, that ragged, jagged melody still clings to me like a leech
Now that medal you wore on your chest always got in the way
You were like a little girl with a trophy so soft to buy her way
We were both hitchhiking but you had your ears tuned to the roar
Of some metal-tempered engine on an alien, distant shore
So you left to find a better reason than the one we were living for
And it ain't that nursery mouth that I came back for
And it ain't the way that you're stretched out on the floor
Because I've broken all your windows, rammed through all your doors
And who am I to ask you to lick my sores?
You should know that's true

I came for you, for you, I came for you, you did not need my urgency
For you, for you, I came for you, your life was one long emergency
And your cloud line urges me, and my electric surges free
I came for you, for you, I came for you
For you, for you, I came for you
For you, for you, I came for you


Info

The above lyrics are for the live 29 Dec 1980 performance of FOR YOU at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY, during The River Tour. The song was played in its full-band album-style arrangement.

The 29 Dec 1980 Show

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band rounded up the 1980 leg of The River Tour with three concerts at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, on 28, 29, and 31 Dec 1980. The three shows were recorded live in the Record Plant Remote truck by Toby Scott, assisted by David Bianco and Jim Scott, and later became one of the main sources for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes six recordings from these shows. Four additional recordings were released as B-sides and on compilation albums.

Promotional poster for the 29 Dec 1980 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Promotional poster for the 29 Dec 1980 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
(Taken from Brucebase)
Ticket stub for the 29 Dec 1980 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
Ticket stub for the 29 Dec 1980 show at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
(Taken from Brucebase)

  1. NIGHT
  2. OUT IN THE STREET
  3. TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT
  4. WHO'LL STOP THE RAIN
  5. DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
  6. FACTORY
  7. INDEPENDENCE DAY
  8. TWO HEARTS
  9. PROVE IT ALL NIGHT
  10. THE PROMISED LAND
  11. THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND
  12. THE RIVER
  13. BADLANDS
  14. THUNDER ROAD
  15. CADILLAC RANCH
  16. SHERRY DARLING
  17. HUNGRY HEART
  18. MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY
  19. FIRE
  20. CANDY'S ROOM
  21. BECAUSE THE NIGHT
  22. 4TH OF JULY, ASBURY PARK (SANDY)
  23. FOR YOU
  24. STOLEN CAR
  25. WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY
  26. POINT BLANK
  27. THE TIES THAT BIND
  28. RAMROD
  29. YOU CAN LOOK (BUT YOU BETTER NOT TOUCH)
  30. INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET
  31. ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT)
  32. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN' TO TOWN
  33. JUNGLELAND
  34. BORN TO RUN
  35. DETROIT MEDLEY

Credits / References

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

Available Versions

List of available versions of FOR YOU on this website:

FOR YOU [Album version]
FOR YOU [Live 14 Feb 1973 version]
FOR YOU [Live 31 Oct 1973 (late show) version]
FOR YOU [Live 09 Mar 1974 (Liberty Hall, late show) version]
FOR YOU [Live 05 Feb 1975 version]
FOR YOU [Live 18 Nov 1975 version]
FOR YOU [Live 21 Dec 1975 version]
FOR YOU [Live 28 Dec 1975 version]
FOR YOU [Live 05 Jul 1978 version]
FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
FOR YOU [Live 01 Jan 1979 version]
FOR YOU [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
FOR YOU [Live 28 Jan 1988 version]
FOR YOU [Live 07 Aug 1992 version]
FOR YOU [Live 26 Nov 1996 version]
FOR YOU [Live 26 May 1997 version]
FOR YOU [Live 23 Oct 1999 version]
FOR YOU [Live 17 Dec 2000 version]
FOR YOU [Live 30 Jul 2002 (morning) version]
FOR YOU [Live 24 Oct 2002 version]
FOR YOU [Live 20 Feb 2003 version]
FOR YOU [Live 09 Aug 2003 version]
FOR YOU [Live 02 Dec 2004 version]
FOR YOU [Live 19 Dec 2004 (late show) version]
FOR YOU [Live 14 Jul 2005 version]
FOR YOU [Live 31 Jul 2005 version]
FOR YOU [Live 11 Aug 2005 version]
FOR YOU [Live 19 Nov 2006 version]
FOR YOU [Live 21 Nov 2006 version]
FOR YOU [Live 27 Jun 2008 version]
FOR YOU [Live 23 Aug 2008 version]
FOR YOU [Live 20 Nov 2009 version]
FOR YOU [Live 22 Nov 2009 version]
FOR YOU [Live 04 Nov 2010 version]
FOR YOU [Live 05 Feb 2014 version]
FOR YOU [Live 14 May 2014 version]
FOR YOU [Live 03 Jun 2016 version]
FOR YOU [Live 17 Jun 2016 version]
FOR YOU [Live 29 Jun 2016 version]
FOR YOU [Live 05 Sep 2016 version]
FOR YOU [Greg Kihn's cover version]
FOR YOU [Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover version]

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