"Cover Me" is a 1984 song, written and performed by American rock singer Bruce Springsteen. It was the second single released from his successful album Born in the U.S.A.
The song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts in late summer 1984. It was the second of a record-tying seven Top 10 hit singles to be released from Born in the U.S.A.
No music video was made for the song.
Continuing the club play goal started with "Dancing in the Dark", Arthur Baker created the 12-inch "Undercover Mix" of "Cover Me". This was a large-scale transformation: a new bass line was cut, an unused backing vocal by industry legend Jocelyn Brown was restored, and reggae and dub elements were introduced. It was released on October 15, 1984.
As with the previous effort, the result displeased some of Springsteen's more strait-laced fans, but did gain actual club play: the remix went to number 11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart
- Cover Me - 3:26
- Jersey Girl - 6:40 or less
The B-side of the single, "Jersey Girl", was a live performance of a Tom Waits song, recorded on July 9, 1981 at Meadowlands Arena. Springsteen had introduced the song earlier in that special River Tour homecoming stand that opened the arena, slightly rewriting it to replace a Waits line about "whores on Eighth Avenue" and adding a verse that included "that little brat of yours and drop[ping] her off at your mom's." "Jersey Girl" would become a Springsteen fan favorite, although played rarely as time went on.
Differing pressings of the single had different lengths of "Jersey Girl", sometimes dropping a spoken introduction.
- "Cover Me" (Undercover Mix) - 6:09
- "Cover Me" (Dub 1) - 4:02
- "Cover Me" (Radio Mix) - 3:46
- "Cover Me" (Dub 2) - 4:15
CD single (1988)Edit
- "Cover Me" - 3:26
- "Pink Cadillac" - 3:33