SOUL DEEP

Gary U.S. Bonds' album version


Mm, hmm (Ooh yeah)
Mm, hmm, hmm (oh yeah)

Darling, I don't know much
I know that I love you so much
My life depends on your touch
And my love is a river runnin' a-soul deep
Way down inside me it's a a-soul deep
It's too big to hide and it can't be denied
My love is a river runnin' soul deep

I work myself to death for ya
Just to show I adore ya
Nothing I wouldn't do for ya
'Cause my love is a river runnin' soul deep
Way down inside me it's a a-soul deep
It's too big to hide and it can't be denied
My love is a river runnin' soul deep

All I ever hope to be
Depends on your love for me
Baby believe me, if you should leave me
I'd be nothing but an empty shell
I know darn well

Darling, I don't know much (ooh, ooh, yeah)
I know I love you so much (ooh, ooh)
My life depends on your touch

And my love is a river runnin' soul deep
Way down inside me it's a a-soul deep
It's too big to hide and it can't be denied
My love is a river runnin' soul deep
My love is a river runnin' soul deep
My love is a river runnin' soul deep
Oh yeah
My love is soul deep
My love is soul deep
My love is soul deep (soul deep)
Soul deep (soul deep)
My love is soul deep (soul deep)
Soul deep (soul deep)
My love is soul deep (soul deep)
Soul deep (soul deep)
My love is soul deep (soul deep)
Soul deep (soul deep)
Yeah
My love is a river runnin' soul deep
Way down inside me it's a soul deep
My love is a river runnin' soul deep
Way down inside me it's a soul deep
My love is a river runnin' soul deep
Way down inside me it's a soul deep
My love is a river runnin' soul deep


Info

SOUL DEEP is a song originally released by The Box Tops in 1969. See the original The Box Tops version for more details.

Gary U.S. Bonds recorded SOUL DEEP 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 SOUL DEEP.

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.

On The Line -- On The Line
On The Line -- 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

SOUL DEEP was released as a single in 1982, with BRING HER BACK on the B-side. It was issued in the UK and Ireland.

Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Soul Deep / Bring Her Back"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Soul Deep / Bring Her Back"

7" single - EMI America (EA 140) - UK, 1982

Comes in a picture sleeve.

A1- SOUL DEEP
B1- BRING HER BACK
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Soul Deep / Bring Her Back"
Gary U.S. Bonds -- "Soul Deep / Bring Her Back"

7" single - EMI America (EA 140) - Ireland, 1982

Comes in a die-cut EMI company sleeve.

A1- SOUL DEEP
B1- BRING HER BACK

Other Official Releases

In addition to its release on On The Line and as a single, SOUL DEEP was also included on a few other official releases.

Various artists -- In Store Sampler Vol. 1
Various artists -- In Store Sampler Vol. 1

LP - EMI America (SPRO 9839/40) - USA, 1982

Promotional compilation, issued in a plain white die-cut sleeve with a "For In-Store Play Only" sticker.
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 -- 1982: 20 Original Chart Hits
Various artists -- 1982: 20 Original Chart Hits

CD - DCard Company (CD528) - UK, 1997

Part of the "A Time To Remember" series of CDCARDS, which is a joint venture between The CDCARD Company and EMI Records Limited. The CD is housed in a fold-out gift-card sleeve.
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

SOUL DEEP was performed off-tour on 29 Apr 2003 at Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, during "The Hope Concert" benefit. The song was played with Gary U.S. Bonds.

  1. 29 Apr 2003 at Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank, NJ

Credits / References

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

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 SOUL DEEP that's not mentioned on this page.

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 SOUL DEEP on this website:

SOUL DEEP [Gary U.S. Bonds' album version]
SOUL DEEP [Original The Box Tops version]

Page last updated: 13 Jan 2013