FOR YOU

Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover version


Album Version:

Princess cards she sends me with her regards
Oh, barroom eyes shine vacancy, to see her you gotta look hard
Wounded deep in battle, I stand stuffed like some soldier undaunted
To her Cheshire smile, I'll stand on file, she's all I ever wanted
You let your blue walls get in the way of these facts, honey
Get your carpetbaggers off my back
Go give me time to cover my tracks
You said, "Here's your mirror and your ball and jacks"
But they're not what I came for
Oh I came for so much more
And I know you know that too (I came for you)
And I know you know that's true (I came for you)

I came for you
I came for you
I came for you, for you, I came for you

Crawl into my ambulance, your pulse is getting weak
Reveal yourself all to me now while you've got the strength to speak
'Cause they're waiting for you at Bellevue with their oxygen masks
But I could give it all to you now, if only you could ask
Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's late
It's not your lungs this time, but your heart holds your fate
Don't give me my money back, don't want it anymore
It's not that nursery mouth I came back for
It's not the way you're stretched out on the floor
I've broken all your windows and I rammed through all your doors
And who am I to ask you to fight my wars?
You should know that's true (I came for you)
You should know that too (I came for you)

I came for you
I came for you
I came for you, for you, I came for you

[Instrumental break]

Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's late
It's not your lungs this time, but your heart holds your fate
Don't give me my money back, don't want it anymore
It's not that nursery mouth I came back for
It's not the way you're stretched out on the floor
Broken all your windows and I rammed through all your doors
Who am I to ask you to fight my wars?
You should know that's true (I came for you)
You should know that too (I came for you)

I came for you
I came for you
I came for you
I came for you
I came for you, for you, I came for you

(I came for you)

(I came for you)

Single Version:

Princess cards she sends me with her regards
Oh, barroom eyes shine vacancy, to see her you gotta look hard
Wounded deep in battle, I stand stuffed like some soldier undaunted
To her Cheshire smile, I'll stand on file, she's all I ever wanted
You let your blue walls get in the way of these facts, honey
Get your carpetbaggers off my back
Go give me time to cover my tracks
You said, "Here's your mirror and your ball and jacks"
But they're not what I came for
Oh I came for so much more (I came for you)
And I know you know that too (I came for you)
And I know you know that's true (I came for you)

I came for you
I came for you
I came for you, for you, I came for you

Crawl into my ambulance, your pulse is getting weak
Reveal yourself all to me now while you've got the strength to speak
Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's late
It's not your lungs this time, but your heart holds your fate
Don't give me my money back, don't want it anymore
It's not that nursery mouth I came back for
It's not the way you're stretched out on the floor
And who am I to ask you to fight my wars? (I came for you)
You should know that's true (I came for you)
You should know that too (I came for you)

I came for you
I came for you
I came for you, for you, I came for you

[Instrumental break]

Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's late
It's not your lungs this time, but your heart holds your fate
Don't give me my money back, don't want it anymore
It's not that nursery mouth I came back for
It's not the way you're stretched out on the floor
And who am I to ask you to fight my wars? (I came for you)
You should know that's true (I came for you)
You should know that too (I came for you)

I came for you
I came for you
I came for you, for you, I came for you

(I came for you)


Info

The above lyrics are for Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover version of FOR YOU. They released it on their 1980 album Chance. Their version features a rockier arrangement than Springsteen's.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Chance
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Chance

LP - Bronze (BRON 529) - UK, 1980
LP - Warner Bros. (BSK 3498) - USA, 1981

Manfred Mann's Earth Band's version has a rockier arrangement than Springsteen's. It features Chris Thompson on vocals, Manfred Mann on keyboards, Pat King on bass and bass pedals, John Lingwood on drums, Trevor Rabin on guitar, Mick Rogers on guitar, Steve Waller on guitar, Geoff Whitehorn on guitar, and Robbie McIntosh on guitar.

Two studio versions of the track were released: an "Album Version" and a "Single Version". The first clocks at 5:36 and the second clocks at 3:52.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band have recorded three Bruce Springsteen songs, all from his debut album Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.: SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT in 1975, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT in 1976, and FOR YOU in 1980. Manfred Mann's Earth Band did Springsteen quite a service by covering some of his songs during the period when he was a virtual unknown in most of Europe. The Hollies and their band leader Alan Clarke also helped in during the same period.

Single Releases

Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of FOR YOU was released as a single in 1981. It did not achieve the success of their other Springsteen covers.

Country Chart Peak position Weeks in chart Charting period
USA 106 1981

The single was issued in North and South America, Europe, and New Zealand. A FOOL I AM was the B-side.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Warner Bros. (WBS49678) - USA, 1981

Stock copy, no picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Warner Bros. (WBS 49678) - Canada, 1981

Stock copy, no picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Bronze Records (BS 10065) - Chile, 1981

Stock copy, no picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Bronze Records (K8184) - New Zealand, 1981

Stock copy, no picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Bronze Records (BRO 113) - UK, 1981

Stock copy, no picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Bronze Records (102.747) - Holland, 1981

Stock copy, with picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am"

7" single - Bronze Records (102 747-100) - Germany, 1981

Stock copy, with picture sleeve.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / Lies (Through The 80's)"
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / Lies (Through The 80's)"

7" single - Bronze Records (0197) - Spain, 1981

Promo copy, with picture sleeve.

Official Releases

Besides its availability on the 1981 7-inch singles and some later compilations, the "Single Version" of Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of FOR YOU was also released as a bonus track on the European 1999 and Japanese 2005 reissues of the Chance album.

Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Chance
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Chance

CD - Cohesion (MANN 012) - Europe, 1999

European remastered edition with four bonus tracks, including the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Chance
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Chance

CD - Air Mail Archive (AIRAC-1132) - Japan, 2005

Japanese remastered "LP replica" reissue with four bonus tracks, including the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.

Both versions of the track appeared on several Manfred Mann's Earth Band compilations albums, including:

Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- 20 Years Of Manfred Manns Earthband 1971-1991
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- 20 Years Of Manfred Manns Earthband 1971-1991

MC - Cohesion (BOMME 1 CASS) - unknown country, 1990
CD - Cohesion (BOMCD 1) - UK, 1990
CD - Cohesion (BOMME 1 CD) - UK, 1990
CD - Possum (POSCD 6843) - Australia, 1990

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU. The song is not included on the vinyl release of this album.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Blinded By The Light: The Very Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Blinded By The Light: The Very Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band

CD - Arcade (8800068) - Germany, 1992

Contains the "Album Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Blinded By The Light: The Very Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Blinded By The Light: The Very Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band

CD - Arcade (8800068) - Holland, 1992
Cassette tape - Arcade (8800069) - Holland, 1992

Contains the "Album Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Very Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Very Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band

CD - Arcade (9100003) - Norway, 1993

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Very Best Of Vol. 1 & 2
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Very Best Of Vol. 1 & 2

2xCD - Arcade (88 00 184) - Germany, 1993

Contains the "Album Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Featuring Blinded By The Light
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Best Of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Featuring Blinded By The Light

CD - Warner Archives (9 46231-2) - USA, 1996
MC - Warner Archives (9 46231-4) - USA, 1996

Contains the "Album Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Re-Mastered
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- The Best of Manfred Mann's Earth Band Re-Mastered

CD - Cohesion (MANN018) - UK, 1999

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann -- The Complete Greatest Hits Of Manfred Mann: 1963-2003
Manfred Mann -- The Complete Greatest Hits Of Manfred Mann: 1963-2003

2xCD - Cohesion (MANFRED1DE) - Germany, 2003

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann and Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- World Of Mann: The Very Best Of Manfred Mann & Manfred Mann's Earth Band
Manfred Mann and Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- World Of Mann: The Very Best Of Manfred Mann & Manfred Mann's Earth Band

2xCD - Universal Music TV (9839162) - UK, 2006

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Blinded By the Light & Other Hits
Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- Blinded By the Light & Other Hits

CD - Flashback Records (R2 74820) - USA, 2007

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.

The song also appeared on some various artists compilation albums.

Various artists -- Super Jets 3
Various artists -- Super Jets 3

LP - Sonet (JETS-3) - Sweden, 1981

Contains the "Single Version" of FOR YOU.
Various artists -- Los Rockos!
Various artists -- Los Rockos!

2xCD - Sony BMG (88697 17190 2) - EU, 2008

Contains the "Album Version" of FOR YOU.

Credits / References

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

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing Manfred Mann's Earth Band's cover of FOR YOU that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases (an Australian pressing also exists):

  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am" || 7" single - Warner Bros. (WBS 49678) - Canada, 1981
  • Manfred Mann's Earth Band -- "For You / A Fool I Am" || 7" single - Bronze Records (K8184) - New Zealand, 1981

Any additions, comments, or corrections to this page are welcome. You can contact me via the below form or by email: . You will be credited. Thanks in advance.

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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