Thursday, September 14, 2006

Lyrics Surprise: Born in the USA

I'm currently listing to Jump The Shark: When Good Things Go Bad by Jon Hein. The book is a discussion about the point in the career of various TV shows, actors, musicians, etc. that started the downward spiral from their zenith.

Jon had a section talking about Bruce Springsteen, and in it he mention that Born in the USA was a song that most people didn't know the lyrics to, and just assumed it was a patriotic tune.

Naturally, he piqued my interest, as I had no idea with the lyrics of the song were.

It's worth taking a moment and checking them out. With a first verse such as:

I got in a little hometown jam
And so they put a rifle in my hands
Sent me off to Vietnam
To go and kill the yellow man

I'd say that song was anything but what I thought it was.

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