Joe Ely - SETTLE FOR LOVE

First performance: 19/05/1993


Coverinfo

Bruce performed the song 5 times: 
 
1993-05-19 - NATIONAL STADIUM, DUBLIN, IRELAND
Bruce is guesting Joe Ely. First ever Springsteen performances of "Blowin' Down This Road", "Fingernails" (which includes a snippet of "Buddy Brown's Blues"), and "Settle For Love".
 
1993-05-20 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND
 
  

1993-06-24 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD
Concert To Fight Hunger to benefit World Hunger Year, The Food & Hunger Hotline and The Community Food Bank Of New Jersey. A night of many guests: Joe Ely plays guitar and sings on "I Ain't Got No Home", "Settle For Love" and "Blowin' Down This Road".  
 
"Thank you....I´d like to bring up a friend of mine, uh, we met in Ireland....we just finished a couple of months playing in Europe and uh....we were in Dublin one night and I came and played his show, he came and played at mine, he´s a great, great, great rocker out of Texas, Mr. Joe Ely, gonna come up and sing a song..."  

1993-06-26 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NY
Kristen Ann Carr Fund Benefit Concert. The fund is dedicated to fighting Sarcoma. Joe Ely and Terence Trent D'Arby guest. Joe Ely plays guitar and sings on "Lonesome Valley" and "Settle For Love". Terence Trent D'Arby plays guitar and sings on on "Many Rivers To Cross", "I Have Faith In These Desolate Times", "Jole Blon", and "Jumpin' Jack Flash". Sadly, this show is perhaps best known for the Terence Trent D'Arby "event". After D'Arby was booed Bruce admonished the crowd: "Terence Trent D´Arby... need I remind some of you rude motherfuckers that everybody onstage is my guest?".

1996-03-17 - THE MEAN FIDDLER, DUBLIN, IRELAND
Settle for love is played with Joe Ely. Also played that night were first performances in Europe of "All Just To Get To You" and "Oh, Boy!", as well as "Long Tall Sally". "Fingernails" is played in a medley with snippets of "That Black Snake Moan", "Matchbox", and "Buddy Brown's Blues" .
 

Songinfo

"Settle for love" is taken from the album "Dig All Night" (1988)
 
 
 

Other cover versions

Bruce on the artist

  • Bruce also contributed to the studio recording of this song providing back-up vocals, also on 'I’m a thousand miles from home' ( the album was called 'Letter To Laredo' ). Springsteen travelled to Austin around spring 1995 and joined Ely in studio to record his parts.
  • Joe Elly had occasionally 17 performances together with Bruce Springsteen : Joe Ely (born February 9, 1947, Amarillo, TX) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist whose music touches on honky-tonk, Texas Country, Tex-Mex and rock and roll. He has had a genre-crossing career, performing with Bruce Springsteen, Uncle Tupelo, Los Super Seven, The Clancy Brothers and James McMurtry in addition to his early work with The Clash and more recent acoustic tours with Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, and Guy Clark.
All appearances with Springsteen:

1. 1993-05-19 - NATIONAL STADIUM, DUBLIN, IRELAND (Joe Ely)
2. 1993-05-20 - RDS ARENA, DUBLIN, IRELAND
3. 1993-06-24 - BRENDAN BYRNE ARENA, EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ
4. 1993-06-26 - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK CITY, NY
5. 1995-04-00 - SPUR STUDIOS, AUSTIN, TX (Joe Ely recording session)
6. 1995-09-14 - THE VIPER ROOM, WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA (Joe Ely)
7. 1996-01-25 - AUSTIN MUSIC HALL, AUSTIN, TX
8. 1996-03-17 - THE MEAN FIDDLER, DUBLIN, IRELAND (Joe Ely)
9. 1996-09-29 - SEVERANCE HALL, CLEVELAND, OH (Woody Guthrie Tribute Concert)
10. 2000-04-17 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
11. 2001-10-18 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Alliance of Neighbors Benefit)
12. 2001-10-19 - COUNT BASIE THEATRE, RED BANK, NJ (Alliance of Neighbors Benefit)
13. 2003-03-02 - FRANK ERWIN CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, AUSTIN, TX
14. 2008-04-14 - TOYOTA CENTER, HOUSTON, TX
15. 2012-03-14 - AUSTIN MUSIC HALL, AUSTIN, TX (Alejandro Escovedo)
16. 2012-03-15 - MOODY THEATER, AUSTIN, TX
17. 2014-05-06 - CYNTHIA WOODS MITCHELL PAVILION, HOUSTON, TX 
 

Lyrics

You say you want drama
I'll Give you drama
You say you want muscle
I'll give you nerve
You want sugar
Would you settle for honey?
You want romance
Would you settle for Love?

Would you settle for love?
Would you settle for love?
Would you settle for love or do you need
All that meaningless stuff?
Would you settle for love?
Would it be enough?
Baby, Would you settle for love?

You say you want fire
I'll give you fever
You want kisses
I'll give you all I got
You want diamonds
I'll Give you rhinestones
And you want romance
Would you settle for Love?

Would you settle for love?
Would you settle for love?
Would you settle for love or do you need
All that meaningless stuff?
Would you settle for love?
Would it be enough?
Baby, Would you settle for love?