I'M ON FIRE

Album version


Hey little girl is your daddy home, did he go away and leave you all alone
I got a bad desire, oh oh oh I'm on fire

Tell me now baby is he good to you, can he do to you the things that I do, oh no
I can take you higher, oh oh oh I'm on fire

Sometimes it's like someone took a knife baby edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley through the middle of my soul
At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet and a freight train running through the middle of my head
Only you can cool my desire, oh oh oh I'm on fire
Oh oh oh I'm on fire
Oh oh oh I'm on fire

Hoo hoo hoo
Hoo hoo hoo
Hoo hoo hoo hoo
Hoo hoo hoo
Hoo hoo hoo hoo


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Info

I'M ON FIRE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and released on his 1984 album Born In The U.S.A.. The above lyrics are for Bruce Springsteen's album version of I'M ON FIRE as released in 1984.

This album version of I'M ON FIRE was also included on the Greatest Hits (the 2009 European edition) compilation album in 2009.

Composition and Recording

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Born In The U.S.A.

Born In The U.S.A. is Bruce Springsteen's seventh studio album. It was released on 04 Jun 1984 on Columbia Records. It was recorded between January 1982 and February 1984 at The Hit Factory and The Power Station in New York City, NY.

Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The U.S.A.

The album features 12 tracks and clocks at 46:57. It is produced by produced by Jon Landau, Chuck Plotkin, Bruce Springsteen, and Steven Van Zandt.

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.

Single Release

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Other Official Releases

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The album version of I'M ON FIRE was included on some various artists albums.

Various artists -- Kuschelrock 3
Various artists -- Kuschelrock 3

2xCD - CBS (CBS 465948 2) - Germany, 1989
2xCD - Columbia (465948 2) - Germany, 1989
2xCD - Columbia (CL 658997) - Germany, 1989
2xCD - Sony Music Media (SMM 465948 2) - Germany, 1999
3xLP - CBS (CBS 465948 1) - Germany, 1989
2xMC - CBS ‎(CBS 465948 4) - Germany, 1989
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 1
Various artists -- Knuffelrock 1

2xCD - CBS ‎(CBS 466992 2) - Belgium, 1990
2xCD - Columbia ‎(COL 466992 2) - Belgium, 1990
2xCD - Columbia ‎(COL 466992 2) - Belgium, 1995
2-MC - CBS ‎(CBS 466992 4) - Belgium, 1990
Various artists -- Knuffelrock
Various artists -- Knuffelrock

2xCD - Magnum ‎(472 388 2) - Holland, 1992

Other versions of I'M ON FIRE were also officially released.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- LA Sports Arena, California 1988
The live 23 Apr 1988 version of I'M ON FIRE was released on the LA Sports Arena, California 1988 official live download in 2015.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/09
The live 20 Oct 2009 version of I'M ON FIRE was released on the Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 10/20/09 official live download in 2017.

Live History

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Appearance in Movies

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Covers

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The All Stars -- The Bruce Springsteen Mix
The All Stars -- The Bruce Springsteen Mix

12" single - Rams Horn (RHR 3450) - Holland, 1985

The A-side is THE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN MIX, a medley clocking at 8:23 and consisting of I'M ON FIRE, DANCING IN THE DARK, GLORY DAYS, THE RIVER, BORN TO RUN, HUNGRY HEART, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT, and BORN IN THE U.S.A. The single was also issued in Holland on 7" vinyl containing a shorter "single version" of the medley that clocks at 3:56. The single was also issued on 12" vinyl in Germany, Greece (different artwork), Brazil (additionally includes the single version on the B-side), and Mexico. The single was reissued in 2009 as a download-only digital album (consisting of 8 separate tracks) titled "A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Hits Of The 80's Megamix", credited to "Top 40 Cover Band", and featuring a different artwork.
Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- For You: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Totem Records (TTM 480499 2) - Italy, 1995

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Rossana Casale.
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute
Session musicians featuring David West -- Pickin' On Springsteen: A Tribute

CD - CMH (CD-8510) - USA, 1999

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was reissued in 2007 under the title "Bluegrass Interpretations Of Bruce Springsteen", under the same label and with catalog number CD 5227.
Heather Nova -- Wonderlust (Live)
Heather Nova -- Wonderlust (Live)

CD - V2 (VVR1013242) - Europe, 2000

See Heather Nova's cover version for more details.
Various artists -- Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska
Various artists -- Badlands - A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska

CD - Sub Pop (SPCD 525) - USA, 2000
CD - Sub Pop (9878-70525-2) - Germany, 2000
CD - Sub Pop (WPCR-10845) - Japan, 2000

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Johnny Cash.
Richard Coleman -- I Can't Believe It's Not... Bruce Springsteen
Richard Coleman -- I Can't Believe It's Not... Bruce Springsteen

CD - Pegasus (ICBINCD 047) - Germany, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute
Studio 99 -- Born In The USA: Springsteen - A Tribute

CD - Going For A Song (GFS402) - UK, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.
Various artists -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen: Made In the U.S.A.

CD - Purple Pyramid (CLP 1049-2) - USA, 2001

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Little Milton.
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Nick White -- The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Millennium Gold (MG2110) - Holland, 2002

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One
Various artists -- Born To Run 2003 Volume One

CD - Uncut (2003 04A) - UK, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a free CD (volume 1 of 2) issued exclusively with the April 2003 issue of Uncut magazine. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Big Country.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Schoolhouse Records (SHR0022-2) - USA, 2003
3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797E-02) - Spain, 2003
2xCD - Revolver (REV XD244) - UK, 2004
2xCD - Sony (MHCP-928/9) - Japan, 2005
2xCD - Sony Records (MHCO 928-929) - Japan, 2007

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was included on all six issues listed above. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Willie Nile.
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Light Of Day: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

3xCD - Good Sounds (DM 797-02) - Spain, 2003

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. There are six issues of this album (with three track configurations) and this track was only included on the issue listed above. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Australian Blonde.
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
New Jersey All Stars -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

CD - Cedar (1402) - Europe, 2004

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Matt Tyler -- Brilliant Disguise
Matt Tyler -- Brilliant Disguise

CD-R - Dannyboy Records (DBM003) - UK, 2006

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Paul Baribeau & Ginger Alford -- Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town Tour
Paul Baribeau & Ginger Alford -- Darkness On The Edge Of Your Town Tour

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2006
CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2009

This is a live Bruce Springsteen tribute album. CD-R copies were sold on tour and online. The 2006 issue contains 10 tracks and the 2009 reissue includes 5 additional tracks. I'M ON FIRE can only be found on the 2009 reissue.
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 1
Studio Group -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol 1

Digital album - Charly Records (no catalog number) - unknown country, 2006

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Blankket -- Be Your Own Boss
The Blankket -- Be Your Own Boss

MiniCD EP - Blocks Recording Club (040) - Canada, 2007

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
Lullaby Players -- Sleepytime Tunes: Bruce Springsteen Lullaby Tribute
Lullaby Players -- Sleepytime Tunes: Bruce Springsteen Lullaby Tribute

CD - Copycats Entertainment (CCE 9048) - USA, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Rock Riot -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Rock Riot -- A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital EP - Vanilla OMP (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2009

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP. It was later reissued featuring a different artwork and credited to "The Wanted".
The Pop Royals -- Sing The Hits Of Bruce Springsteen
The Pop Royals -- Sing The Hits Of Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Marathon Media (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2009

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Wave Pictures -- Play Some Pool
The Wave Pictures -- Play Some Pool

CD-R - Where It's At Is Where You Are (no catalog number) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It's a free disc included with the label's "Girls In Their Summer Clothes / If I Should Fall Behind" 7-inch single.
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Play Some Pool, Skip Some School, Act Real Cool: A Global Pop Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - Where It's At Is Where You Are (WIACD20) - UK, 2009

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Help Stamp Out Loneliness.
Various artists -- Skip More School
Various artists -- Skip More School

Digital EP - Where It's At Is Where You Are (WIA052) - UK, 2009

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP. I'M ON FIRE is performed by The Snow.
Le Voci Del Tempo -- Il Mio Nome È Joe Roberts
Le Voci Del Tempo -- Il Mio Nome È Joe Roberts

CD - Pubblico-08 (no catalog number) - Italy, 2010

This is a live Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)
Starlite Singers -- Glory Days (In The Style Of Bruce Springsteen)

Digital album - Starlite / Suite 102 (unknown catalog number) - Canada, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set
The Hit Co. -- A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set

Digital album - Planet Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2010

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. It was also released the same year as three separate volumes: Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 1 1973-1985, Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 2 1980-1989, and Long Live The Boss: A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen Vol. 3 1990-2009. A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set however includes two tracks not found on the three separate volumes. In 2012, the same tracks found on A Tribute To The Best Of Bruce Springsteen Box Set were distributed over three download-only digital Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp tribute albums: Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 1, Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 2, and Working Class Heroes: A Tribute to Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp, Vol. 3.
Shakey Graves -- Roll The Bones
Shakey Graves -- Roll The Bones

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a free download-only digital album.
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
The Boss Band -- The Ultimate Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Big Eye Music (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2011

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- It's Boss Time
Various artists -- It's Boss Time

10" EP - Badlands Record Company (bad10012) - UK, 2011

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute EP. It's a limited edition release sold exclusively at independent stores that participated in the 4th annual "Record Store Day" campaign (16 Apr 2011). I'M ON FIRE is performed by Willie Nile.
Catch This Beat -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Catch This Beat -- Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Talking Clive (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1
Déjà Vu -- Tribute To Working Class Hero Bruce Springsteen - Vol. 1

Digital album - Zulu (unknown catalog number) - USA, 2012

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Heinrich Müller & Band -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen
Heinrich Müller & Band -- On Fire: A Tribute To The Music Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Nation / Carusounds (NB0325) - Switzerland, 2012

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Native Son -- Reimagining Springsteen
Native Son -- Reimagining Springsteen

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

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
Rock Riff Tones -- We Love (A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen)
Rock Riff Tones -- We Love (A Tribute To Bruce Springsteen)

Digital album - Devoted Music (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2013

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- I Hear You're From Australia - My Name's Bruce Too
Various artists -- I Hear You're From Australia - My Name's Bruce Too

2xCD - Laughing Outlaw (LOR160CD) - Australia, 2013

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Jamie Hutchings.
Andrew Bissel -- Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Bruce Springsteen
Andrew Bissel -- Rockabye Baby! Lullaby Renditions Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Rockabye Baby! (CD 9701) - USA, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Hungry Hearts -- Tortona City Serenade
Hungry Hearts -- Tortona City Serenade

Digital album - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2014

This is a download-only digital live Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
New Tribute Kings -- World Allstars - Bruce Springsteen Tribute Hits
New Tribute Kings -- World Allstars - Bruce Springsteen Tribute Hits

Digital album - Legacy Records (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2014

This is a download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Springsteen -- Edgy + Dull
Springsteen -- Edgy + Dull

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2014

This is a download-only digital EP.
Various artists -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute (Rauch Auf Dem Wasser - Edition)
Various artists -- Bruce Springsteen Tribute (Rauch Auf Dem Wasser - Edition)

CD - COAAST-TMP (no catalog number) - Germany, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Johnny Cash Experience.
Various artists -- Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.
Various artists -- Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Born In The U.S.A.

LP - Lightning Rod Records (LRR25523) - USA, 2014
CD - Lightning Rod Records (LRR25523) - USA, 2014

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Low.
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA
Various artists -- Rock Made In USA

Digital album - Open Records (unknown catalog number) - unknown country, 2014

This is a download-only digital album. 13 of the 20 tracks are covers of Bruce Springsteen songs. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Mark Crush.
Various artists -- Thunder Road - A Folk-Punk Tribute To Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- Thunder Road - A Folk-Punk Tribute To Bruce Springsteen

Digital album - Anxiety Attack Recordings (AA-005) - Canada, 2014

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Choir! Choir! Choir!
Crozet -- I'm On Fire
Crozet -- I'm On Fire

Digital single - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2015

This is a free download-only digital single.
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown
Hungry Hearts -- Live In My Hometown

CD-R - no label (no catalog number) - Italy, 2015

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album, recorded live on 09 Jan 2015 at Inferno Di Dante in Tortona, Italy.
Chris Monzon -- Chris In The U.S.A.
Chris Monzon -- Chris In The U.S.A.

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2016

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
Labruce -- Labruce
Labruce -- Labruce

Digital EP - no label (no catalog number) - USA, 2016

This is a free download-only digital Bruce Springsteen tribute EP.
The Waybacks & Friends -- Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 2015: Back In The U.S.A.
The Waybacks & Friends -- Merlefest Hillside Album Hour 2015: Back In The U.S.A.

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

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.
Various artists -- Glory Days In Rimini - Keep On Dreaming
Various artists -- Glory Days In Rimini - Keep On Dreaming

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

This is a live Bruce Springsteen tribute album. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Fillipo Malatesta.
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. I'M ON FIRE is performed by Sam Masterton.
Amy MacDonald -- Under Stars
Amy MacDonald -- Under Stars

CD - Virgin EMI (5728890) - Europe, 2017

I'M ON FIRE is one of eight bonus acoustic tracks found on the "deluxe edition" of the album. See Amy MacDonald's cover version for more details.

Available Versions

List of available versions of I'M ON FIRE on this website:

I'M ON FIRE [Album version]
I'M ON FIRE [Heather Nova's cover version]
I'M ON FIRE [Amy MacDonald's cover version]

Page last updated: 28 Apr 2016