Live 28 Dec 1975 version

Princess cards she sends me with her regards
Her barroom eyes shine vacancy, to see her you have to look hard
I was wounded deep in battle, but I stood stuffed like some soldier undaunted
To her Cheshire smile, I'll stand on file, she was all I ever wanted
Baby, you let your blue walls get in the way of these facts
Honey, get your carpetbaggers off my back
You wouldn't even give me time to cover my tracks
You said, "Here boy, here's your mirror, your ball and your jacks"
But they ain't what I came for, and I'm sure you know that too

Baby I came for you, for you, for you, but you did not need my urgency
For you, for you, baby I came for you, but your life was one long emergency
Your cloud line urges me, my electric surges free

Whoa, crawl into my ambulance, your pulse is getting weak
Reveal yourself just once for me girl while you've got the strength to speak
'Cause they're waiting for you at Bellevue with their oxygen masks
But I could give it all to you here if only you would ask
Don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's too late
See, it ain't your lungs this time, baby, it's your heart that holds your fate
Don't give me my money, honey, I don't want it back
You and your pony face, face, and your union jack
And you can take that local joker and teach him how to act
'Cause you know I was never that way even when I really cracked
And didn't you think I knew that you were born with the power of a locomotive
Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
Your Chelsea suicide with no apparent motive
You could laugh, you could cry in a single sound

Your strength is devastating in the face of all these odds
Remember how I kept you waiting when it was finally my turn to be the god

And you were not quite half so proud when I found you broken on the beach
Remember how I poured salt on your tongue and hung just out of reach
And the band they played the homecoming theme as I caressed your cheek
And that ragged, jagged melody, it still clings to me like a leech
And you know that, that medal you wore on your chest baby, and how it always got in the way
And you like a little girl with this trophy, yeah, real soft to buy her way
We were both hitchhiking but you had your ears tuned to the roar
Of some metal-tempered engine on an alien and distant shore
So you left, so you left to find a better reason than the one we were living for
And it ain't that nursery mouth, ain't that nursery mouth that I came back for
And it ain't the way that you're stretched out, it ain't the way you're stretched out on the floor
Because I've broken all your windows and I've rammed through all your doors
And who am I to ask you to lick my sores?
Baby you should know that's true

'Cause darling I came for you
Whoa, but you did not need me
And your cloud line urges me, and my electric sur-, sur-ur-ur-ur-ur-urges free
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh ooh ooh

Page last updated: 24 Oct 2010


The above lyrics are for the live 28 Dec 1975 performance of FOR YOU at Tower Theater in Upper Darby, PA, during the Born To Run Tour. The song was performed in a solo piano arrangement.

Ticket stub for the 28 Dec 1975 show at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
[Taken from Brucebase]

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed four nights at Tower Theater on 27, 28, 30 and 31 Dec 1975. These were the last shows of the 1st leg of the Born To Run Tour.

Promotional poster for the Dec 1975 four-night residency at Tower Theater, Upper Darby, PA
[Taken from Brucebase]

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Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake).