Random Thoughts on the Weekend II – “Born in the USA” is NOT a Patriotic Song


So again back to our parade on July 4th.  The local VFW post marches by and plays in a continous loop Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA”.  The song is not patriotic and was never meant to be.   I wore out two cassette tape (Remember Those) copies of the album “Born In the USA” and it only took the second time of listening to it to realize it was about a Vietnam Veteran coming America.  Let’s look at the lyrics:

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. I was 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. Come back home to the refinery Hiring man says “son if it was up to me” Went down to see my V.A. man He said “son don’t you understand now” 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 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.

So as you can see this about a man who comes home from Vietnam and realizes he can’t find a job because he fought in an unpopular war.  I am NOT in love with Bruce Springsteen’s leftist garbage, however he can write a pretty damn good song. 

Here are the lyrics via YouTube…

Next time try “Proud to be an American”. 

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