Born in the U.S.A.
Since it’s the Fourth of July, we thought we’d celebrate with one of the most patriotic songs ever recorded–– a paean to everything that’s great about our country, a fist-pumping, star-spangled tune for the ages.
But instead… we’ll sing the praises of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.”
That’s right, people–– show of hands… how many of you remember “Born in the U.S.A.” as a patriotic, pro-America song?
Thanks for playing.
We’re not saying Uncle Bruce doesn’t love this great country (many folks would put him near the top of their ‘Greatest Americans’ list) but “Born in the U.S.A.” is not a pride-filled ditty.
Nope, it’s a pretty blatant criticism of our fair nation’s handling of Vietnam vets–– how they were treated so poorly when they came back home after the fighting:
“I’m ten years burning down the road. Nowhere to run aint got nowhere to go…”
(Doesn’t exactly make you want to stand up and recite the Pledge of Allegiance now, does it?)
Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE the tune (even the incessant six-note keyboard riff that NEVER stops), but let’s not fool ourselves. Sometimes America does things it shouldn’t be too proud about… and that’s why we have people like The Boss around–– to keep us honest.
“Born in the U.S.A.” spent 17 weeks on the charts, peaking at #9 in January 1985, and it was the third of seven hit off the album Born in the U.S.A. to land the top ten.
God bless America and Bruce Springsteen.
“I’m a cool rocking daddy in the U.S.A. now…”
We ♥ Born in the U.S.A.