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Single by Donna Summer
from the album Donna Summer
B-side (If It) Hurts Just A Little
Released 1983
Format 7" single
Recorded Westlake Audio, Los Angeles
Genre Pop, Rock
Label Warner Bros. Records (Belgium)
Writer(s) Bruce Springsteen
Producer Quincy Jones
Donna Summer singles chronology
"The Woman in Me"
"Love to Love You Baby (re-issue)"

Protection is a song written by Bruce Springsteen for Donna Summer. It was originally featured on the 1982 Donna Summer album which was produced by Quincy Jones. In 1997 it was also included on One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs Of Bruce Springsteen [1][2]. It was released as a single in Belgium and Japan and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.

David Geffen approached Jon Landau, Springsteen’s manager and producer, and asked if Springsteen would be interested in writing a song for Summer. Summer had just recently signed for Geffen Records. Springsteen agreed to write a song and, while working with Gary U.S. Bonds, he gathered the E Street Band to record a demo. However when Landau heard the result, "Cover Me", he persuaded Springsteen to keep that song for himself. Springsteen then wrote "Protection". He recorded a version with the E Street Band at The Hit Factory during January or February 1982 and registered it at the United States Copyright Office on March 8 1982. In the same month Springsteen and Roy Bittan also travelled to Los Angeles to help record Summer’s version of the song. Bruce and Donna allegedly also recorded a duet vocal version at her sessions but it remains unreleased. On the released version by Summer, Springsteen played the guitar solo and can clearly be heard on fadeout vocals. Springsteen’s own version of the song was seriously considered for Born In The USA, however it remains unreleased. He has never performed the song in concert, although it was rehearsed in early 1988 for the upcoming Tunnel Of Love Express Tour [3][4].







  1. ^ Springsteen guest appearances I
  2. ^ Springsteen guest appearances II
  3. ^ Marsh, Dave. Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s. Pantheon Books, 1987. ISBN 0-394-54668-7
  4. ^ Born In The USA recording sessions


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