VALENTINE

Nils Lofgren's album version


Nils Lofgren:Today I'm thinkin' about the world we live in
All the love and hate that's floatin' around
All the times I felt so lost and helpless
You stood by me, you never let me down

Nils Lofgren:Still I keep throwin' up these walls
Most of them I've built with stones
You tear 'em down and bridge the distance
Knowin' we ain't here to be alone

Lofgren and Springsteen:So let your blue heart open wide
Let's never leave our dreams behind
It would comfort and restore my pride
If you let me be your valentine

Lofgren and Springsteen:Our differences are part of life
Still love will pass the test of time
I want you everyday and night
Girl, won't you be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Nils Lofgren:Oh

Nils Lofgren:Still I keep throwin' up these walls
Most of them I've built with stones
You tear 'em down and bridge the distance
Knowin' we ain't here to be alone

Lofgren and Springsteen:So let your blue heart open wide
Let's never leave our dreams behind
It would comfort and restore my pride
If you let me be your valentine

Lofgren and Springsteen:Our differences are part of life
Still love will pass the test of time
I want you everyday and night
Girl, won't you be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine
Be my valentine

Nils Lofgren:Yeahhh-yeah

Info

VALENTINE is a song written by Nils Lofgren and released on his 1991 album Silver Lining. The above lyrics are for Nils Lofgren's album version of VALENTINE as released in 1991.

Nils Lofgren -- Silver Lining
Nils Lofgren -- Silver Lining

CD - Rykodisc ‎(RCD 10170) - USA, 1991
MC - Ryko Analogue (RACS 170 0) - UK, 1991

Bruce Springsteen contributed to the studio recording of VALENTINE, providing backing vocals on the song. Springsteen joined Nils Lofgren in studio in late 1990 at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, CA, to record his parts. He also appeared in the song's music video, which filmed around the same time.

The studio version of VALENTINE was released in three forms: "album version" [6:12], "edit" [3:50], and "original version" [4:25] (see the singles releases below). The above lyrics are for the "album version". The "edit" fades out at the fifth "Be my valentine" line in the last verse, and the "original version" fades out right after the seventh "Be my valentine" lines in the last verse. They both miss the long guitar outro which concludes the "album version".

Official Releases

In addition to its released on Silver Lining, Nils Lofgren's album version of VALENTINE and its two edits were released as singles in several countries.

Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

7" single - Rykodisc (K 10397) - Australia, 1991

A1- VALENTINE [edit]
B1- VALENTINE [album version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

CD single - Rykodisc (D 10397) - Australia, 1991

01- VALENTINE [edit]
02- VALENTINE [album version]
03- GUN AND RUN
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

7" single - Intercord (INT 110.355) - Germany, 1991

A1- VALENTINE [edit]
B1- VALENTINE [album version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

12" single - Intercord (INT 125.310) - Germany, 1991

A1- VALENTINE [edit]
B1- VALENTINE [album version]
B2- VALENTINE [original version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

CD single - Intercord / Ryko / Essential Records (INT 825.310) - Germany, 1991

01- VALENTINE [edit]
02- VALENTINE [album version]
03- VALENTINE [original version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

MiniCD single - Alfa (ALDB-147) - Japan, 1992

01- VALENTINE
02- GIRL IN MOTION
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

7" single - Ryko / Essential Records / Castle Communications (ESS 2002) - UK, 1991

A1- VALENTINE [edit]
B1- VALENTINE [album version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

12" single - Ryko / Essential Records / Castle Communications (ESS T 2002) - UK, 1991

A1- VALENTINE [edit]
B1- VALENTINE [album version]
B2- VALENTINE [original version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

CD single - Ryko / Castle Communications / Essential Records (ESS X 2002) - UK, 1991

01- VALENTINE [edit]
02- VALENTINE [album version]
03- VALENTINE [original version]
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine
Nils Lofgren -- Valentine

CD single - Rykodisc (RCD PRO 9014) - USA, 1991

Promo single.

01- VALENTINE [edit]
02- VALENTINE [album version]

VALENTINE was also included on several Nils Lofgren compilations and many various artists compilation albums.

Various artists -- Top Hits 91 Part 1
Various artists -- Top Hits 91 Part 1

CD - Arcade (01 5910 61) - Holland, 1991
LP - Arcade (01 5910 21) - Holland, 1991
Various artists -- Banana Jack
Various artists -- Banana Jack

2xLP - Electrola (1C 2LP 186-797004 1) - Germany, 1991
2xCD - Electrola (1C 2CD 686-797004 2) - Germany, 1991
2xMC - Electrola (1C 2MC 286-797004 4) - Germany, 1991
Various artists -- Driver's Seat & Other Radio Hits
Various artists -- Driver's Seat & Other Radio Hits

CD - Sound-Products Holland B.V. (SPHCD 79912) - Holland, 1991
Various artists -- Can't Stay Away From You (Moments Of Love)
Various artists -- Can't Stay Away From You (Moments Of Love)

CD - Arcade (01 5970 61) - Holland, 1991
MC - Arcade (01 5970 41) - Holland, 1991
Various artists -- The Greatest Hits 1 - 1991 - 2
Various artists -- The Greatest Hits 1 - 1991 - 2

CD - Magnum (845566-2) - Holland, 1991
MC - Magnum (845566-4) - Holland, 1991
Various artists -- Guitar Ballads Vol. 2 - Die Schönsten Rockballaden
Various artists -- Guitar Ballads Vol. 2 - Die Schönsten Rockballaden

LP - Polyphon (845 696-1) – Germany, 1991
CD - Polyphon (845 696-2) - Germany, 1991
MC - Polyphon (845 696-4) - Germany, 1991
Various artists -- Post-Groundhog's Day Spectacular
Various artists -- Post-Groundhog's Day Spectacular

CD - Rykodisc (RCD PROGOLF 2) - USA, 1991

Promotional release.
Various artists -- Hitpreview Spring Issue • 91
Various artists -- Hitpreview Spring Issue • 91

CD - Intercord (INT 892.722) - Germany, 1991

Promotional sampler.
Various artists -- The Emotion Collection - Fire And Passion
Various artists -- The Emotion Collection - Fire And Passion

2xCD - Time-Life Books B.V. (TL 571/09) - Holland, 1992
Various artists -- Las Mejores Baladas Del Rock
Various artists -- Las Mejores Baladas Del Rock

2xCD - Arcade (02 4660 62) - Spain, 1992
2xLP - Arcade (02 4660 22) - Spain, 1992
2xMC - Arcade (02 4660 42) - Spain, 1992
Various artists -- Ichioshi-kun Ga Yuku Vol. 27
Various artists -- Ichioshi-kun Ga Yuku Vol. 27[/B]

CD - Alfa Records, Inc (Y12-43) - Japan, 1992

Promotional sampler.
Nils Lofgren -- Rare Tracks Collection
Nils Lofgren -- Rare Tracks Collection

CD - Ryko (VACK-2008) - Japan, 1994
Various artists -- Wayne's World Hits 2
Various artists -- Wayne's World Hits 2[/B]

CD - Edel (EDL 2805-2) - Germany, 1994
Various artists -- Rock Hits & Ballad
Various artists -- Rock Hits & Ballads

CD - Disky (DCA 869142) - Holland, 1996
Various artists -- Heart Rock
Various artists -- Heart Rock[/B]

CD - Disky (DC 865742) - Holland, 1996

Contains the tracks as the below promo release.
Various artists -- Loóza - 100% Rock
Various artists -- Loóza - 100% Rock[/B]

CD - Disky Special Products (DC 8657425) - Holland, 1996

Promotional sampler. Contains the tracks as the above release.
Various artists -- Rykodisc Twentieth Anniversary
Various artists -- Rykodisc Twentieth Anniversary[/B]

2xCD - Rykodisc (RCD10651) - USA, 2003

Contains the tracks as the below UK release.
Various artists -- Rykodisc The Anthology
Various artists -- Rykodisc The Anthology[/B]

2xCD - Rykodisc (RCD10651) - UK, 2004

Contains the tracks as the above USA release.
Nils Lofgren -- Favorites 1990-2005
Nils Lofgren -- Favorites 1990-2005

CD - Rykodisc (RCD 10804) - USA, 2005
Nils Lofgren -- Face The Music
Nils Lofgren -- Face The Music

9xCD + DVD - Fantasy (34731-02) - USA, 2014

Limited edition box set.
Nils Lofgren -- Face The Music Sampler
Nils Lofgren -- Face The Music Sampler

2xCD - Fantasy (PRO-FR-0596) - USA, 2014

Promotional sampler compiling 28 tracks from the above box set.

Live History

As far as it's known, Bruce Springsteen has never performed VALENTINE live.

Request

Please contact me if you have scans for or info about any official release containing Nils Lofgren's album version of VALENTINE (or one of its two edits) that's not mentioned on this page. I also need scans for the following releases:

  • Nils Lofgren -- Face The Music Sampler || 2xCD - Fantasy (PRO-FR-0596) - USA, 2014
  • Nils Lofgren -- Valentine || CD single - Rykodisc (D 10397) - Australia, 1991

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Available Versions

List of available versions of VALENTINE on this website:

VALENTINE [Nils Lofgren's album version]

Page last updated: 04 Jan 2017