PROTECTION

Donna Summer's cover version


Night after night I keep holding on
You say you love me, then you leave me so lonely
Baby, I don't believe a word you're saying
I think it's all some evil game you're playing

Still all day long, all I do is think about you
You got me believing that I can't live without you
Well, if you want it, well, here's my confession
Baby, I can't help it, you're my obsession

Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love

I wait at home by my telephone
When I call your house, baby, you're not home
Knock on the door and I rush down the stair
When I open up, baby, you're not there
When we're together and you put your arms around me
Your love sweeps away all the confusion that surrounds me

You keep my mind forever, ever in doubt
You want me to believe that, baby, I can't live without

Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love

We stand alone at my window
And stare out at the shadows down below
I feel your fingers on my face
I want to stay, I want to run away

Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection from your love
Protection, that's what I need
I need protection, baby, from your love
So bad
Oh, my baby, babe
Oh, baby
Oh, my baby, baby, stay
I need protection
I want protection
I need protection


Info

The above lyrics are for Donna Summer's cover version of PROTECTION. She first released it in July 1982 on her album Donna Summer. Bruce Springsteen appears on the recording of the track, playing guitar solo and providing backing vocals.

Donna Summer -- Donna Summer
Donna Summer -- Donna Summer

LP - Geffen Records (GHS 2005) - USA, 1982

Donna Summer's cover of PROTECTION was nominated for a 1983 Grammy Award for "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance".

Recording

In early 1982, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band were at The Power Station in New York City, NY, working on Gary U.S. Bonds' On The Line album. They were also recording some of what later became the Born In The U.S.A. album, alternating between The Power Station and The Hit Factory nearby.

Meanwhile, record executive David Geffen, a friend of Springsteen's manager Jon Landau, asked Landau if his client could write something for Donna Summer who had joined his label Geffen Records in 1980. The idea was that Springsteen and Summer record the song as a duet, so Springsteen wrote COVER ME for that purpose. "She could really sing and I disliked the veiled racism of the anti-disco movement," Springsteen wrote in his 1998 book Songs.

Springsteen cut a demo of COVER ME with the E Street Band at The Hit Factory, but when Jon Landau heard it he intervened and suggested that Springsteen keeps it for himself. Springsteen then donated PROTECTION to Donna Summer, a song he had written in 1979 and recorded with the E Street Band earlier in 1982. See Springsteen's studio version for more details.

The track was originally planned as a Donna Summer and Bruce Springsteen duet, and such version was reportedly recorded but is not in circulation. The duet concept was abandoned and instead Springsteen contributed guitar solo and backing vocals on the released version. In the liner notes of the One Step Up / Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute album, Summer wrote: "Bruce wrote the song for me, and in fact, came to my house in Los Angeles for several days to get it done. I love the song as well as being a big Bruce Springsteen fan. It was the icing on the cake and a big moment in my life. Hey Bruce, let's do it again."

Donna Summer's cover of PROTECTION was recorded in March 1982 in Los Angeles. It features Donna Summer on lead vocals, Bruce Springsteen on guitar solo and backing vocals, Ernie Watts on saxophones, Steve Lukather on guitars, David Paich on synthesizers, Greg Phillinganes on synthesizers, Roy Bittan on acoustic piano, Louis Johnson on bass, Jeff Porcaro on drums, and Steve Porcaro on synthesizer programming. Springsteen is only credited for guitar but he can clearly be heard on the track, specially on the fadeout vocals. The song was included on Donna Summer's self-titled album, produced by Quincy Jones and recorded and mixed at Westlake Audio and Allen Zentz Studios in Los Angeles, CA.

Single Releases

Donna Summer's cover of PROTECTION was released as a single in the United States (promo only), Europe, and Japan.

Donna Summer -- Protection
Donna Summer -- Protection

7" single - Warner Bros. (25.9947-7) - Belgium, 1982

A1- PROTECTION
B1- (IF IT) HURTS JUST A LITTLE
Donna Summer -- "Protection / State Of Independence"
Donna Summer -- "Protection / State Of Independence"

7" single - Warner Bros. (PRO-220) - France, 1982

Promo

A1- PROTECTION
B1- STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
Donna Summer -- Protection
Donna Summer -- Protection

7" single - Warner Bros. (P-1688) - Japan, 1982

A1- PROTECTION
B1- STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
Donna Summer -- Protection
Donna Summer -- Protection

7" single - Warner Bros. (P-1020) - Japan, 1982

Promo.

A1- PROTECTION
B1- STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
Donna Summer -- Protection
Donna Summer -- Protection

7" single - Warner Bros. (25 9939-7) - Spain, 1982

A1- PROTECTION
B1- LIVIN' IN AMERICA
Donna Summer -- "State Of Independence / Protection"
Donna Summer -- "State Of Independence / Protection"

12" single - Geffen (PRO A-1048) - USA, 1982

Promo.

A1- STATE OF INDEPENDENCE
B1- PROTECTION
Donna Summer -- Singles... Driven By The Music
Donna Summer -- Singles... Driven By The Music

24×CD - Driven By The Music (DBTMSNGBOX01) - Europe, 2015

24-disc box set collating all the singles issued from the albums The Wanderer, Donna Summer, Cats Without Claws, All Systems Go, Another Place And Time, and Mistaken Identity. Each CD features the tracks included on the various formats of the official international versions.

Disc 8:
01- PROTECTION
02- (IF IT) HURTS JUST A LITTLE
03- STATE OF INDEPENDENCE

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on the Donna Summer album and as a single, Donna Summer's cover of PROTECTION was also included on a few various artists releases.

Various artists -- Dance Contemporary
Various artists -- Dance Contemporary

12" EP - Warner Pioneer (PS-219) - Japan, 1982

Promo-only EP.

A1- Donna Summer: PROTECTION
B1- Modern Romance: CHERRY PINK AND APPLE BLOSSOM WHITE
B2- Tom Tom Club: UNDER THE BOARDWALK
Various artists -- Top Hits From WEA Vol. 4
Various artists -- Top Hits From WEA Vol. 4

LP - WEA (PS-226) - Japan, 1982

Promo-only sampler.
Various artists -- Lo Mejor De WEA
Various artists -- Lo Mejor De WEA

LP - WEA (L 24 0305-1) - Spain, 1983
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.
Various artists -- Disco Fever
Various artists -- Disco Fever

CD - Universal Müzik Yapım (585 598 2) - Turkey, 2001

Credits

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

Request

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  • Various artists -- Disco Fever || CD - Universal Müzik Yapım (585 598 2) - Turkey, 2001

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Available Versions

List of available versions of PROTECTION on this website:

PROTECTION [Studio version]
PROTECTION [Home demo version 1]
PROTECTION [Home demo version 2]
PROTECTION [Home demo version 3]
PROTECTION [Home demo version 4]
PROTECTION [Home demo version 5]
PROTECTION [Home demo version 6]
PROTECTION [Donna Summer's cover version]

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