Born down in a dead man's town
The first kick i took was when i hit the ground
You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
Till you spend half your life just covering up
Born in the u.s.a., i was born in the u.s.a.
I was born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a.
Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man
Born in the u.s..a....
Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man said "son if it was up to me"
Went down to see my v.a. man
He said "son, don't you understand"
I had a brother at khe sahn
Fighting off the viet cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a woman he loved in saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now
Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go
Born in the u.s.a., i was born in the u.s.a.
Born in the u.s.a., i'm a long gone daddy in the u.s.a.
Born in the u.s.a., born in the u.s.a.
Born in the u.s.a., i'm a cool rocking daddy in the u.s.a.
First of all, Springsteen never served. Certainly, this song is not about him.
So many of his foot soldiers wonder why it is misinterpreted. Used by Reagan and most recently by a women protesting "illegal" aliens."
Maybe you should read the lyrics.
Nowhere in this song is there one iota of PROTEST FOR WAR. This is your misinterpretation.
The chorus, "Born in the USA, means just that. Nothing more and nothing less. People use it for this reason, because of this chorus. BORN IN THE U.s.a.
Always wondered why the s and a are not capitalized.
Therefore, the misinterpretation is by his foot soldiers who want it to be a WAR PROTEST song, but it is not!
More depressing lyrics from Springsteen:
BORN IN A DEAD MAN'S TOWN
THE FIRST KICK I TOOK WAS WHEN I HIT THE GROUND
YOU END UP LIKE A DOG THAT'S BEEN BEAT TOO MUCH
TILL YOU SPEND HALF YOUR LIFE COVERING UP.
Covering up, what?
This first verse has nothing to do with WAR!
Since when do THEY put a rifle in your hand send you off to a foreign land to kill the yellow man because you got in a hometown jam.
Those who serve in the military and have taken an oath to protect and defend our freedoms are sent to foreign countries to fight wars under the guise that these countries pose a "threat to our security."
Well now on a summer night in a dusky room
Come a little piece of the Lord's undying light
Crying like he swallowed the fiery moon
In his mother's arms it was all the beauty I could take
Like the missing words to some prayer that I could never make
In a world so hard and dirty so fouled and confused
Searching for a little bit of God's mercy
I found living proof
I put my heart and soul I put 'em high upon a shelf
Right next to the faith the faith that I'd lost in myself
I went down into the desert city
Just tryin' so hard to shed my skin
I crawled deep into some kind of darkness
Lookin' to burn out every trace of who I'd been
You do some sad sad things baby
When it's your you 're tryin' to lose
You do some sad and hurtful things
I've seen living proof
You shot through my anger and rage
To show me my prison was just an open cage
There were no keys no guards
Just one frightened man and some old shadows for bars
Well now all that's sure on the boulevard
Is that life is just a house of cards
As fragile as each and every breath
Of this boy sleepin' in our bed
Tonight let's lie beneath the eaves
Just a close band of happy thieves
And when that train comes we'll get on board
And steal what we can from the treasures of the Lord
It's been along long drought baby
Tonight the rain's pourin' down on our roof
Looking for a little bit of God's mercy
So, I don't know, but I'll take a guess that this song was written before he was married with children; however, it's about having a child (son) with someone.
Is this another disinformation song about ME having had a child, cutting it up and being institutionalized?
I'll check the date this song was written.
There he goes with the GUILT trip.
He wants to burn out every trace of who he'd been. He wants to go out to the desert, shed his skin. He's a frightened man, but she DOES SOME SAD THINGS WHEN it's herself she's trying to lose.
Some sad things, baby.
He's seen living proof.
There's a son sleeping in their bed.
Must be one of his so-called (depressing) love songs to his wife, Patti.
After writing the post above this one about the thread VIEW count not changing on the Mind Control thread when I viewed it without being logged in, but the VIEW count changing on other threads when I viewd them without being logged in, I tried the test again.
Interestingly enough, the "Mind Control in the Music Industry" thread VIEW count did not change nor did any of the other threads.