FOR YOU

Live 07 Jul 1978 version

One, two, three, four!

Princess cards she sends me with her regards
Her barroom eyes shine vacancy, to see her you gotta look hard
Well I was wounded deep in battle, but I stood stuffed like some soldier undaunted
To her Cheshire smile, I'd stand on file, she's all I ever wanted
Well 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's your mirror and your ball and jacks"
But they ain't what I came for, and I'm sure you see that too

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

Crawl into my ambulance, your pulse is getting weak
Reveal yourself now to me girl while you've got the strength to speak
They're waiting for you at Bellevue with their oxygen masks
Well I could give it all to you here, if only you would ask
Well, don't call for your surgeon, even he says it's too late
It ain't your lungs this time, 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 and your union jack
Well, take that local joker and teach him how to act
Well I was never that way even when I really cracked
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 and cry in a single sound
Ah hey hey

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

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
Oh and the band, they played the homecoming theme as I caressed your cheek
That ragged, jagged melody still clings to me like a leech
Well that medal you wore on your chest always got in the way
You were like a little girl with a trophy so 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, distant shore
You left to find a better reason than the one we were living for
And it ain't that nursery mouth I came back for
It ain't the way that you're stretched out on the floor
I've broken all your windows, rammed through all your doors
Who am I to ask you to lick my sores?
You should know it's true

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


Page last updated: 11 Jan 2012

Info

The above lyrics are for the live 07 Jul 1978 performance of FOR YOU at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood, CA, during the Darkness On The Edge Of Town Tour. The song was played in its full-band album-style arrangement.

This concert was originally broadcast live on the now-defunct local KMET-FM radio station, and later became one of the main source concerts for the Live/1975-85 box set which includes eight recordings from this show. FOR YOU was initially considered for inclusion on the box set, but didn't make the final cut. Instead, it was released on the B-side of the Fire (Live) European single in 1987.

Official Releases

The live 07 Jul 1978 version of FOR YOU was released on the B-side of the Fire (Live) single in April 1987 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. In North America and the Philippines, the single had an alternate configuration with INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version] on the B-side instead. A 5-track 12-inch EP version of the Fire (Live) single was also released in the UK, Holland, Spain, and Australia.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - Holland, 1987

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12-inch EP - CBS (650381 6) - Holland, 1987

Side A, 01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side A, 02- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Side B, 01- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
Side B, 02- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
Side B, 03- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - UK, 1987

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12-inch EP - CBS (650381 6) - UK, 1987

Side A, 01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side A, 02- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Side B, 01- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
Side B, 02- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
Side B, 03- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - Spain, 1987

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12-inch EP - CBS (650381 6) - Spain, 1987

Side A, 01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side A, 02- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Side B, 01- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
Side B, 02- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
Side B, 03- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - Portugal, 1987

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - Australia, 1987

The promotional issue is identical to the commercial one with the exception of a promo stamp on the front sleeve.

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

12-inch EP - CBS (650381 6) - Australia, 1987

Side A, 01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side A, 02- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Side B, 01- BORN TO RUN [Live 19 Aug 1985 version]
Side B, 02- NO SURRENDER [Live 06 Aug 1984 version]
Side B, 03- TENTH AVENUE FREEZE-OUT [Live 20 Aug 1984 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - New Zealand, 1987

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Fire (Live)

7-inch single - CBS (650381 7) - Japan, 1987

The promotional issue is identical to the commercial one with the exception of a Japanese "promo" writing upon the catalogue number on the labels.

Side A: FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B: FOR YOU [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]

In 1987, the live 07 Jul 1978 version of FOR YOU was included on Live Collection, a Japan-only EP released to promote the Live/1975-85 box set. The EP was released in both 12-inch vinyl and CD formats.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

12-inch EP – CBS/SONY (20AP 3326) – Japan, 1987

This Japanese pressing did not come with an obi strip.

Side A, 01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Side A, 02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
Side B, 01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
Side B, 02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

CD5 EP – CBS/SONY (28DP 777) – Japan, 1987

This is the first of three CD issues of this EP.

01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

CD5 EP – CBS/SONY (23DP 5248) – Japan, 1988

This is the second of three CD issues of this EP.

01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band -- Live Collection

CD5 EP – CBS/SONY (23DP 5248) – Japan, 1989

This is the third of three CD issues of this EP.

01- FOR YOU [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
02- ROSALITA (COME OUT TONIGHT) [Live 07 Jul 1978 version]
01- FIRE [Live 16 Dec 1978 version]
02- INCIDENT ON 57TH STREET [Live 29 Dec 1980 version]

Available Versions

List of available versions of FOR YOU on this website:

Credits / References

Thanks Jake (ol'catfishinthelake at BTX and Greasy Lake). Scans and info for some of the above official releases are taken from the Lost In The Flood website.

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