LOVE'S ON THE LINE

Gary U.S. Bonds' album version


Tell me baby
Have we lost everything that we had before
What do you do in the day
When I walk out the door
I can see you made up your mind
And I know our love's on the line

Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line

With each passing day
I gotta watch more and more what I say to you
I can feel your eyes looking through me
As I sit at the table at dinnertime
I can feel our love's on the line

Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Whoa, oh oh oh yeah
Yeah, yeah

I watch our kids
Growin' up, going to school
Is there anything else for us now
Are we both just fools
Wasting our precious time (love's on the line, our love's on the line)

At night we lay in bed (love's on the line, our love's on the line)
But it's like you're not even there (love's on the line, our love's on the line)
There's something real bad
Going wrong somewhere (love's on the line, our love's on the line)
Last night I heard you cry (love's on the line, our love's on the line)
And I know our love's on the line

Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line, our love's on the line
Love's on the line
Whoa, oh oh oh oh
Mmm, mmmm


Info

LOVE'S ON THE LINE is a song written by Bruce Springsteen and donated to Gary U.S. Bonds.

Gary U.S. Bonds recorded LOVE'S ON THE LINE for his 1982 album On The Line. It's one of eight songs on the album that were produced by Bruce Springsteen with Steven Van Zandt. It was recorded in January or February 1982 at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band sessions for Gary U.S. Bonds from which the recording sessions Born In The U.S.A. flowed.

The above lyrics are for Gary U.S. Bonds' album version of LOVE'S ON THE LINE as released in 1982.

Gary U.S. Bonds wrote in the One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen tribute album liner notes:

Bruce: "You're gonna have to do something at the end."
Gary: "Like What?"
Bruce: "Try Humming."
Gary: "Humming? I've never done that before. I'm a screamer, not a hummer!"
Bruce: "Give it a shot."
Gary: "OK"
So I did and it felt good, so I hummed the whole ending of "Love's On The Line" and now I can rock forever. Thanks Bruce, you're the greatest.

Other Studio Versions

According to Brucebase, a Bruce Springsteen vocal rendition of LOVE'S ON THE LINE was likely recorded at The Power Station in New York City, NY, during the January-February 1982 recording sessions with Gary U.S. Bonds – it's the same core recording with the E Street Band that's found on the Bonds album, but with the Springsteen lead vocal overdub.

On The Line

Gary U.S. Bonds released two studio albums and several hit singles in 1961 and 1962, three of which were top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Success was short-lived and Bonds relegated to playing the oldies circuit. In the early eighties, his career resurrected with two collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, and the E Street Band: Dedication in 1981 and On The Line in 1982.

On The Line is Gary U.S. Bonds' fourth studio album, released in June 1982 on EMI America Records. The musicians backing Bonds on the album include many members of the E Street Band. The album includes seven songs written by Bruce Springsteen (HOLD ON (TO WHAT YOU GOT), OUT OF WORK, CLUB SOUL CITY, LOVE'S ON THE LINE, RENDEZVOUS, ANGELYNE, and ALL I NEED), one written by Steve Van Zandt, one written by Wayne Carson, and two written by Bonds and Gary L. Anderson. Although Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt are credited as co-producers of all of the album's 11 tracks, Springsteen was actually involved in only eight of them: the seven that he wrote plus The Box Tops' hit SOUL DEEP. Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on the album but he did directly participate, along with the E Street Band, on most of these eight tracks.

The 1991 reissue of On The Line on the Razor Edge label includes album liner note by Gary U.S. Bonds himself. He wrote that they "also recorded three additional cuts for the album which were never mixed including 'Action In The Street', a Springsteen song which I still do in my live shows." The three tracks are ACTION IN THE STREETS, LION'S DEN, and SAVIN' UP.

On The Line produced one single, OUT OF WORK which nearly reached the Top 20, but the album flopped and Bonds was dropped by his label.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- On The Line
Gary U.S. Bonds -- On The Line

LP - EMI America (SO-17068) - USA, 1982

On The Line was re-released in 1992 on the Razor Edge label (catalog number RE-1988-2).

Single Release

LOVE'S ON THE LINE was released as a single in 1982. It was issued in North America with WAY BACK WHEN on the B-side and in Australia with RENDEZVOUS on the B-side.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Way Back When"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Way Back When"

7" single - EMI America (B-8133) - USA, 1982

Comes in a company sleeve.

A1- LOVE'S ON THE LINE
B1- WAY BACK WHEN
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Way Back When"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Way Back When"

7" single - EMI America (B-8133) - Canada, 1982

Comes in a company sleeve.

A1- LOVE'S ON THE LINE
B1- WAY BACK WHEN
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"

7" single - EMI America (AMI-860) - Australia, 1982

Stock copy, comes in a company sleeve.

A1- LOVE'S ON THE LINE
B1- RENDEZVOUS
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous"

7" single - EMI America (AMI-860) - Australia, 1982

Promo copy (promo stamped), comes in a company sleeve.

A1- LOVE'S ON THE LINE
B1- RENDEZVOUS

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on On The Line and as a single, LOVE'S ON THE LINE was also included on a few other official releases.

Canned Heat / Gary U.S. Bonds -- Il Rock
Canned Heat / Gary U.S. Bonds -- Il Rock

LP - EMI (IGDA-1159/60) - Italy, 1990

This is a dual/split artist LP with five Canned Heat songs and one Gary U.S. Bonds song on side A and five Gary U.S. Bonds songs on side B. The six Bonds tracks are the first six from his One The Line album. This special pressing was available exclusively with an issue of Italian magazine "Il Rock".
Gary U.S. Bonds -- The Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds
Gary U.S. Bonds -- The Best Of Gary U.S. Bonds

CD - EMI (37812) - USA, 1996

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album.
Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

2xCD - The Right Stuff (7243 8 59780 2 9) - USA, 1997
2xCD - EMI (TOCP-50377/8) - Japan, 1997

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album. Disc 1 was reissued in 2000 as The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen.
Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen Sampler
Various artists -- One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen Sampler

CD - The Right Stuff (DPRO 70876-10927-2-1) - USA, 1997

This is a promotional sampler compiling 10 tracks from the One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen various artists tribute album.
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City
Gary U.S. Bonds -- Club Soul City

CD - Disky (DC 881852) - Holland, 1998

This is a Gary U.S. Bonds compilation album consisting of 20 tracks from the Dedication (9 of the album's 10 tracks) and On The Line (all of the album's 11 tracks).

Live History

As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed LOVE'S ON THE LINE live.

Covers

As far as it's known, only two artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's LOVE'S ON THE LINE live.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- On The Line
Gary U.S. Bonds -- On The Line

LP - EMI America (SO-17068) - USA, 1982
Graziano Romani -- Soul Crusader Again: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen
Graziano Romani -- Soul Crusader Again: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen

CD - Route 66 Music (RT612017004) - Italy, 2017

This is a Bruce Springsteen tribute album.

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake) for the lyrics help. Thanks Mark Bahlen for providing scans for the "Love's On The Line / Rendezvous" Australian promo single.

Some of the above info about the studio recordings is taken from Brucebase.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans or info about any official release containing LOVE'S ON THE LINE that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases:

  • Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Way Back When" || 7" single - EMI America (B-8133) - USA, 1982
  • Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Love's On The Line / Way Back When" || 7" single - EMI America (B-8133) - Canada, 1982

Bruce Springsteen is not credited as playing or singing on On The Line album but this may not be completely true. It has been reported that he contributed backing vocals and guitar on some tracks. 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 LOVE'S ON THE LINE on this website:

LOVE'S ON THE LINE [Gary U.S. Bonds' album version]

Page last updated: 13 Jan 2012