Springsteen wrote this as a love song to his second wife, Patti, who he married in 1989. He called it, "One of my best songs about the dedication to one another that comes with love."
Ten days after Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992, Springsteen dedicated this song to him at a concert in Syracuse. Said Springsteen: "Back in '85, I used to say 'Nobody wins till everybody wins." But that's not true. There's people out there winning but a lot of others are losing real big. The election is over and this is for Bill. Gotta wish him the best."
This was regularly performed on the 1999 E Street Band Reunion tour. Springsteen, Little Steven Van Zandt, Clarence Clemons, and Patti Scialfa took turns singing.
Dion DiMucci covered this on his 2000 album Deja Nu. A fan of Dion's, Springsteen contributed to the liner notes.
This got a lot of airplay after the 2001 terrorist attacks on America as radio stations added this to their playlists and removed songs with references to planes and fire.
Faith Hill recorded this on her 1999 album Breathe
Stacey - Amarillo, TX