PROTECTION

Studio version

Two, three, four!
One, two, three, four!

Ooh, ooh

Night after night I keep holding on
You say you love me, then you leave me so lonely
I don't believe a single thing 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
Well, I can't help it, you're my obsession

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

The phone rings in the middle of the night
And when I pick it up, you won't answer
A knock on the door, I rush down the stairs
When I open up, there's no one there

Out in the darkness I feel your eyes on me
I lay in bed and feel your hands upon me
Well, is it all just my imagination
You keep me in doubt, believing I can't live without your

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

[sax solo]

I stand alone at my window
I see you waiting in the shadows down below
I feel your fingers on my face
I know I want to stay, but I want to run away

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

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


Page last updated: 28 Jul 2014

Intro

PROTECTION is a song written by Bruce Springsteen who donated it to Donna Summer for her 1982 album Donna Summer. He appears on Summer's recording of the track, playing guitar solo and providing backing vocals. See Donna Summer's cover version for more details.

The above lyrics are transcribed from a take that Springsteen recorded with the E Street Band recorded in studio in early 1982.

Consideration for Release

Bruce Springsteen's PROTECTION was registered at the United States Copyright Office on 08 Mar 1982. The song was part of an eleven-song selection that Springsteen's manager Jon Landau had in mind for the Born In The USA album, but the song did not make the final cut.

In his 2012 book E Street Shuffle: The Glory Days of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Clinton Heylin wrote that PROECTION was "almost a surprise inclusion on The Essential Bruce Springsteen bonus rarities disc."

Studio Recording

According to Sony's database of Springsteen recording sessions, PROTECTION was recorded on 23 Feb 1982 at The Hit Factory in New York City, NY. A complete and excellent-quality take of PROTECTION recorded with the E Street Band is in circulation among collectors, and most probably it's the one cut during the 23 Feb 1982 session. The above lyrics are transcribed from that circulating studio version of PROTECTION.

Additionally, six complete and incomplete acoustic home demo takes of PROTECTION are circulating among fans. They are work-in-progress takes recorded at Springsteen's home in Holmdel, NJ, sometime between January and June 1979. Aside from the title, these acoustic demos have very little to do with what was subsequently recorded with the band in 1982. For more details, see home demo version 1, home demo version 2, home demo version 3, home demo version 4, home demo version 5, and home demo version 6.

Bootleg Releases

The 1982 studio version of PROTECTION can be found on several bootlegs, including The Lost Masters Vol. 4 (Labour Of Love), The Lost Masters Essential Collection Vol. 1 (Labour Of Love), and The Genuine Tracks (Scorpio).

Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Vol. 4 (Labour Of Love) [bootleg cover art] Bruce Springsteen -- The Lost Masters Essential Collection Vol. 1 (Labour Of Love) [bootleg cover art] Bruce Springsteen -- The Genuine Tracks (Scorpio) [bootleg cover art]

Live History

In preparation for Tunnel Of Love Express Tour, PROTECTION is known to have been practiced during at least one of the private rehearsals that took place in late January and early February 1988 at Expo Theater in Fort Monmouth, NJ, prior to the tour's first leg. See the live 28 Jan 1988 version for more details. The song was not played on any of the tour's regular dates.

[Click here to display/hide detailed Tunnel Of Love Express Tour rehearsals performances list]

Covers

As far as it's known, only two artists have recorded and released Bruce Springsteen's PROTECTION, most notably Donna Summer.


Donna Summer -- Donna Summer

LP - Geffen Records (GHS 2005) - USA, 1982
LP - Warner Bros. Records (K 99163) - UK, 1982

Donna Summer's cover of PROTECTION was also released as a single and included on a various artists Bruce Springsteen tribute albums. See Donna Summer's cover version for more details.

Claude Duke -- Protection

12-inch EP - Miami Tapes and Records (no catalogue number) - USA, 1984

3-track EP containing three versions of PROTECTION.

Yola Polastry -- La Banda de... ¡Hola Yola!

LP - Odean / lempsa (ELD-02.01.1170) - Peru, 1984

This is a Spanish version of the song, titled "Buscando".

Various artists -- Tributo A La Niñez

CD-R - Ya Estas Ya Producciones / 1001 Records (YP-4) - Peru, 2002

PROTECTION is performed by Kyleran. This is a Spanish version of the song, titled "Buscando". The album was only released on CD-R.

Available Versions

List of available versions of PROTECTION on this website:

Credits / References

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

Some of the above info about the studio recording is taken from Brucebase. Info about some of the above cover releases is taken from the Nebraska website.

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  • Claude Duke -- Protection || 12-inch EP - Miami Tapes and Records (no catalogue number) - USA, 1984
  • Yola Polastry -- La Banda de... ¡Hola Yola! || LP - Odean / lempsa (ELD-02.01.1170) - Peru, 1984

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