Cover Me

Album: Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
Charted: 16 7
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  • Springsteen wrote this for Donna Summer, but decided to keep it for himself after recording the demo. A fan of the disco diva, Springsteen gave her a song called "Protection" instead. "She could really sing and I disliked the veiled racism of the anti-disco movement," he wrote in his book Songs.
  • This was the second of seven Top 10 US singles on Born In The U.S.A. Springsteen was not known for hit singles, but this album was wildly successful. After this album, he made music that didn't do so well on the charts but was important to him and many of his fans.
  • This was recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City, where artists like Stevie Wonder, John Lennon and Paul Simon liked to record. The studios catered to the needs of the musicians and the staff would go out of their way to make sure they were comfortable. The Hit Factory finally closed in 2005.
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Comments: 6

  • Hedrek from Los Angeles, CaHate to be that guy, but I think Bruce's instincts were correct. This is one of the most formulaic and rote songs he recorded before 91 when about half of them started fitting that description. I know: hater. Just my H.O.
  • Heine from Sarpsborg, NorwayIf you like Cover Me, you should have heard the version he played in Oslo on July 7 2008. the guitar solo he closed with was out of this world.
  • Mark from Worcester, MiSpringsteen had to be talked into including this on "Born in The USA." He thought the song was to simple and to obvious. It became the high energy opener to the second half of the Born in The USA shows.
  • Sarah from Kennewick, WaLove, love, love it. Underrated for sure!
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlWhat a cool song. Doesn't get enough play on the radio. Why I know not. Born in the USA gets beat to death while so many other great Springsteen songs get left out of the mix.
  • Emilio from Sydney.This is a great rock song...i love it!!!
    This song is so far underated by many fans...
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