Stop Enjoying My Music You Haters!

What if you were a Leftist who wrote an anti-American screed put to music and the most knee-jerk reactionary right-wing flag hugging conservatives loved it and started playing it at their political rallies?

In 1984, Bruce Springsteen released Born in the U.S.A. The album became an immediate success, and it eventually became one of the most successful recordings of all time, selling more than 10 million copies. This success of both the album and its eponymous single is frequently attributed to a belief that the song is a pro-American anthem. In reality, it’s anything but.

Despite what many have inferred from the title of both the album and its titular track, it is not a celebration of American Exceptionalism, but rather, an indictment of the government, the military-industrial-complex, and the way in which we treat those who have risked their lives in battle.

Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen is the blue-collar rocker from Jersey who fronted the E Street Band with the later great Clarence Clemons and a pre-Sopranos Little Steven Van Zant. The album ‘Born in the USA’ contains 12 tracks, 7 of which became Top-10 singles.

The single ‘Born in the USA’ is one of my favorite songs of all time. I get patriotic wood whenever it plays.

Let’s check out those lyrics:

Born down in a dead man’s town
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
End up like a dog that’s been beat too much
‘Til 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

(chorus)

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 Sanh 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

Hmm, that’s weird. The lyrics I see written up above are the same ones that inspire me whenever I hear the song.

I have one more piece of data to add to this mix:

‘I Made It All Up’: Bruce Springsteen versus the Cult of Authenticity

Bruce Springsteen has a confession to make. “I made it all up,” he tells the audience in his new Netflix special Springsteen on Broadway. “Bruce Springsteen” the persona — all gritty working-class authenticity — is a creation. “I’ve never held an honest job in my entire life!” he says. “I’ve never done any hard labor. I’ve never worked 9 to 5. I’ve never worked five days a week. Until right now.”

That last line is a wry reference to Springsteen’s first regular gig: as a Broadway performer. Springsteen’s schedule at the Walter Kerr Theatre was considerably lighter than the standard eight-shows-a-week schedule (he usually did five) while this performance ran from last fall until it closed in triumph on December 15. Those who have an allergy to paying scalpers $4,000 for an evening’s entertainment have been rewarded by the Netflix film of this breathtaking, heartrending, revelatory show, a monologue broken by stripped-down versions of his songs upon which he accompanies himself with either guitar or piano and sometimes a harmonica.

“I come from a boardwalk town that is tinged with just a little bit of fraud. So am I,” Springsteen tells us. He never raced cars. He was never a street punk. He never saw the inside of a factory. “Standing before you is a man who has become wildly and absurdly successful writing about something about which he has had absolutely no personal experience. I made it all up! That’s how good I am.” “Bruce Springsteen” is a brilliant disguise.

Well, this is awkward.

On the one hand, we have a guy who didn’t get in trouble and didn’t have to enlist to stay out of jail. He didn’t have to go to Vietnam, he didn’t have a brother at Khe Sahn, and he didn’t come back home to find out that the factories weren’t hiring.

On the other hand, we have the guys who lived and experienced the stuff Bruce is singing about. So between Bruce Springsteen and actual Vietnam veterans, who gets to decide what the song really means?

On the gripping hand, if a conservative politician like Ronnie Raygun likes the song and wants to play it at his campaign rallies to fire up his supporters, does the artist and/or writer have the right to stop them? (I’m talking non-commercial use.)

I didn’t serve in Vietnam because I was a homo too young, but I did serve with a bunch of NCO’s who did. I have a lot more in common with blue collars and red necks than with the suits.

My people know America isn’t perfect, but we love her, warts and all. Like the man said about his wife, “She ain’t purty, but she’s the only one for me.

So when I listen to ‘Born in the USA’ I don’t hear, “Fuck America!

I hear ‘America, Fuck Yeah!

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88 Responses to Stop Enjoying My Music You Haters!

  1. 1539days says:

    It also helps that it was hard to understand most of the lyrics at the time.

  2. helenk3 says:

    this saddens me. My daughter loved Bruce. I remember standing in line at Penn Station NY to get tickets to one of his shows for her. I remember calling her and telling her I had seven tickets for her and her husband and some of their friends. She yelled ” MY MOTHER HAS BRUCE TICKETS” Greatest mother of the year.
    These brats live better in this country and have more chances to succeed than in any other country in the world and they are not grateful for it.
    screw them

  3. helenk3 says:

    my bad self laughs at this

  4. Mothy67 says:

    We should have known when he pulled Courtney Cox (Monica) out of the audience for Dancing in the Dark.

  5. Mothy67 says:

    I wonder how many rappers are doing the same thing as bruce.

  6. Venus E. Lee says:

    Springsteen also advocates raising taxes on the rich but has his vast estated classified as “farm” so he doesn’t need to pay taxes on it.

  7. swanspirit says:

    Either way you interpret the song, it works for President Trump. Bruce didn’t know what he wrote, lol. One of the reasons I voted for Candidate Trump, was because of his focus on the terrible treatment of the veterans in the country. And, as is typical of our President, he made good on his promise to help.

    • Myiq2xu™ says:

      BITUSA is also a declaration of defiance, not unlike “I’m Still Standing” or “I will Survive.”

      Part of America’s national character is the idea that adversity makes you stronger. Americans will never take a knee to anyone. We remain unbowed and unbroken.

  8. DeniseVB says:

    Yay, more Sasha prom photos via Daily Mail. Mom spotting, but nobody’s seen Dad. 😛

    • Anthony says:

      Dad’s shitting his pants in the attic

      • DeniseVB says:

        Malia’s going to hate her photo, she looks like Sasha’s trailer park mom. My bad. Everyone was so nicely dressed at this Prom-a-thing, looks like it was a pre-prom garden party. Not sure why this is making international news. Hmmmm?

        • Island Girl says:

          Sasha looks beautiful and Malia looks horrible. It’s making news IMO cuz Barky is like Anthony wrote, shitting his pants hopefully mommy ValJar is holding his hand. PUKE

      • Island Girl says:

        Good.
        BTW your comment regarding Nance and her bitches the other day was spectacular.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Of course, Sasha is trending on twitter, I wonder why? It does look like a private family/school moment, who would have thrown this out to the social media wolves? Anyhow, this cracked me up…….

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        I’m not sure which one is which b=ut the older one looks like she got the worst aspects of mom and dad in her DNA 6tarter kit.

        OTOH I can’t imagine being the spawn of two malignant narcissists.

        • DeniseVB says:

          What would have been a nice private family time of it seems to be smeared all over the globe now. I wonder why?

        • elliesmom says:

          This picture reminds me of when LBJ was president. One of his daughters was more attractive then the other. George Hamilton, the actor, began dating the less attractive one. He introduced her to a Hollywood stylist who altered her hairline, showed her how to wear her hair and do makeup. There were rumors of a nose job. She began dressing snappier. Pretty soon the press was gushing over the President’s two pretty daughters. Hamilton faded out of the picture. When asked, he said no woman should have to deal with having a much prettier sister. I knew I could help so I did. I remember the story because two of my high school friends were identical twins. They made a lot of jokes over which one was the prettier sister.

    • jeffhas says:

      So… I read this as ‘More Sascha Porn photos”… is it bad that I’m disappointed.??

    • blowme0bama says:

      She turned out very pretty.

  9. Mothy67 says:

    • Mothy67 says:

      She will never escape this. Everytime she speaks people will remember and she threw the first punch.

      • Myiq2xu™ says:

        They should let it pass by unremarked. commenting on it just draws attention to them, and they aren’t doctored. People will watch the videos, looking for the doctoring.

        • DeniseVB says:

          Funny thing, they weren’t doctored, just edited to the parts of her speech that were slamming Trump. So, a minute or so, just enough to show her unhinged power points, lol. I think one of the late night “comedians” actually doctored a Trump video by slowing it down to make him sound drunk. Trouble with that, The Donald doesn’t drink. When that was pointed out the idiots defended it with “So, if he did drink, that’s what Orange Man Bad would sound like”. Truly, morons. Scott Adams is right, PDJT ieft them a flaming turd on the porch 😀

      • Island Girl says:

        She is toast.

  10. Dora says:

    ‘Not his style – never has been’: Trump shakes Japanese emperor’s hand but doesn’t repeat groveler-in-chief Obama’s deep bow

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5053019/Trump-shakes-Japan-emperor-s-hand-doesn-t-bow-like-Obama.html

  11. DeniseVB says:

    I’m with him….

  12. Dora says:

    Is this ironic?

    ====

    Owners of Kentucky’s Noah’s Ark Attraction Sue Over Flooding Damage
    https://weather.com/news/news/2019-05-25-kentucky-noahs-ark-flooding

  13. Myiq2xu™ says:

    I’m not too sure about the lesbians on the corner of my cull de sack. They have the haircuts, the flannels, and the Timberlands. And there are occasional PDAs. The younger one looks like Brienne of Tarth with brown hair, 20 extra lbs and\ 10 extra years

    But when I left earlier the older one was out front mowing and now their lawn looks like it has mange. I could have done a better job with a hedge trimmer. I don’t think either one could hammer a nail thru a 2×4 to save her life.

    Could they be Russian spies?

  14. taw46 says:

  15. lyn says:

    • Cisco says:

      Yes, but more importantly will he still get to vote?
      That was sarcasm, but I am sick and tired of illegal’s murder of innocents.

  16. swanspirit says:

    Hope you can see this, it’s a video of an in air battle,of an eagle stealing a rabbit, from a fox!

  17. taw46 says:

  18. Mothy67 says:

    The declassification takes quite a bit of wind out of the sails of the gun grabbers. 2A is about a check on a tyrannical government. We can’t be trusted, but give us your guns.

  19. Mothy67 says:

    I hate this side of twitter. People post inflammatory articles that link to the most obscure sources. Get thousands of retweets and comments. I did a search for pedophiles and the UN — not one recognizable source. I think it makes the right look unhinged.

  20. Mothy67 says:

  21. Dora says:

    A new role for the president. 🙂

  22. Dora says:

    This one is easier to watch.

  23. Dora says:

    Something Very Strange Going On: Democrats Politicians Appear To Be Having Severe Mental And Physical Breakdowns – Has President Trump Broken Them?

    May 26, 2019
    by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline

    https://www.sgtreport.com/2019/05/something-very-strange-going-on-democrats-politicians-appear-to-be-having-severe-mental-and-physical-breakdowns-has-president-trump-broken-them/

  24. Dora says:

    Oh no! She’s back. She thinks 1500 is a big crowd? That’s about the size of the bathroom line at a Trump rally!

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    FIRED UP, READY TO GO? Angry Hillary energizes 1,500 Dems in Texas

    Is Hillary Clinton waiting for Joe Biden to collapse so she can launch another yet campaign for president?

    The failed 2016 candidate got a plum speaking spot before the Harris County Democratic Party in Texas yesterday, and she seemed newly energized to take on Trump and his policies.

    http://www.theamericanmirror.com/fired-up-ready-to-go-angry-hillary-energizes-1500-dems-in-texas/

    • DeniseVB says:

      Comments are funny, like

      “1,500. Impressive.

      Of course 30,000 would show up for her hanging.”

      • Cisco says:

        “30,001”,
        I’d be there.
        Hillary doesn’t have the physical stamina nor enough daily sobriety to handle another campaign.
        So let’s see the numbers so far.
        Beto drew about 20 or show at a college stop.
        Creepy Joe drew about 80 or so.
        President Trump at last rally, about 20,000, but I do believe it was more.
        We’ve seen the pictures and if you watch RSBN on rally day, seems like 10,000 wait outside hence the large screens set up for people that can’t get inside whether it’s a stadium or airport hanger.

        • DeniseVB says:

          If HRC really is jockeying for the Dem nod again, I think she’ll still need a corrupt DNC to make that happen. I think they’ve moved on to fresher corruptible blood. I think if anyone has a chance to beat the current field, it would be Terry McAuliffe. Not a bad Gov, left office pretty clean and stayed out of trouble since. Bill Clinton was an October ’91 surprise just before the ’92 primaries.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    😀

  26. swanspirit says:

    this is a great read!!! I know it’s WSJ, but it’s so worth reading, he makes some impossible to ignore points about reparations.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/i-didnt-earn-slavery-reparations-and-i-dont-want-them-11558732429?emailToken=bcf86809f663f83c644b71e72550f266dYinACelOrs6JKIpCS7C2Asoa%2FhyAvKgpm3uIe4UKhGNUX29%2FJ6IIXHKnTJBAtzSoabGYGrhFkPTlsAReNv7c5CglMcuJQ1NVmINZ99epm5Vjy%2FNmxwJGhqiO5NpnNJM&reflink=article_copyURL_share&fbclid=IwAR04TSp7fLN3Y5eLgtW5urgEi72t84tCwFakNQjPmLCS0rNWQxNQ6Nlua2k#comments_sector

    My great-great-grandfather Silas Burgess came to America shackled in the belly of a slave ship. He was sold on an auction block in Charleston, S.C., to the Burgess Plantation. Orphaned by age 8, he was fortunately surrounded by elder slaves who, though physically chained, mentally envisioned themselves as free men. They escaped, taking young Silas with them, making their way to West Texas via the southern route of the Underground Railroad. Silas became a risk-taking entrepreneur and the owner of 102 acres of farmland, which he cultivated and paid off within two years. I proudly carry the name of my first American ancestor—who, like millions of others drawn or brought to our country, struggled past overwhelming obstacles to live the American Dream.

    Silas founded the first black church and first black elementary school in his town. He was a proud Republican, a devout Christian, the patriarch of a large family, and a pillar of his community. He was proud and industrious and taught his children to be the same.

    Now, because of him, a bunch of Democratic presidential hopefuls want to give me money. Never mind that like Silas, I am an entrepreneur who has lived the American dream—having received a world-class education, built businesses, raised a remarkable family and, unlike most white Americans, earned a Super Bowl ring. Because of work I’ve never done, stripes I’ve never had, under a whip I’ll never know, Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren and others want to give me free stuff. Never mind that it will be taken from others, who also dreamed, worked and sacrificed to earn it.

    I wonder what great-great-grandpa Silas would think.

    At the core of the reparation movement is a divisive and demeaning view of both races. It grants to the white race a wicked superiority, treating them as an oppressive people too powerful for black Americans to overcome. It brands blacks as hapless victims devoid of the ability, which every other culture possesses, to assimilate and progress. Neither label is earned.

    The reparations movement conveniently forgets the 150 years of legal, social and economic progress attained by millions of American minorities. It also minimizes the sacrifice that hundreds of thousands of white Americans and a Republican president made laying down their lives to eradicate slavery. I think grandpa Silas would believe that this historical loss of life alone is payment in full. Every proud, contributing and thankful generation of black Americans since would think the same.

    The reparation movement also reinforces a spiritual view of racial relationships that is antithetical to America’s Judeo-Christian foundation. It defies the ideals of forgiveness and second chances and scorns individual accountability. Proponents of reparations act as though black Americans are incapable of carrying their own burdens, while white Americans must bear the sins of those who came before.

    The idea of reparations demeans America’s founding ideals. A culturally Marxist idea promoted by socialists, reparations denies the promise granted by an omnipotent God that we are truly equal and that regardless of race we are capable of overcoming obstacles and past injustices. By indoctrinating others into this cynical ideology, an elitist class of progressives exploits past differences and ensures that they will divide us in the future.

    It is their divisive message that marks the black race as forever broken, as a people whose healing comes only through the guilt, pity, profits and benevolence of the white race. This perception is playing out on our nation’s college campuses, where young white Americans claim privilege due to their skin color and young black Americans, with no apparent shame, accept this demeaning of their own color as truth.

    As they repeat this mantra, they seem unaware that this perception was also shared by the 1960s Southern white supremacists of my youth. They have accepted the theory that skin color alone is capable of making one race superior to the other—that through an irremovable white advantage, with no additional effort, values, personal initiative, honesty or education, white Americans will succeed, while black Americans will fail. At its very core this represents the condescending evil of racism.

    It certainly does not represent black America’s potential. Despite the Great Society programs that introduced all sorts of perverse, dependency-inducing, and antifamily incentives into the black community some 50 years ago, 40% of black households today live the middle-class American Dream according to the most recent census data, making between $35,000 and $99,999. Many rank among our nation’s most powerful and prestigious. There are tens of thousands of black Americans among our nation’s top 1% of income earners.

    The journeys of these Americans to wealth and prominence vary, like those of their white counterparts, but many benefited from having ancestors who embraced the opportunities their country provided and who left behind a legacy of proud, productive, patriotic and successful families. Why should these people be given a handout? Grandpa Silas never believed anyone owed him success. Why should I believe white Americans owe me anything?

    Socialist historians have for generations hidden the contributions and success of the black community in America. This has cost us our pride in our past, taken our appreciation for the present, and left us with a lack of vision for our future. The message from our past great black generations is simple: Character cannot be bought and will never allow itself to be diminished by bribery.

    Grandpa Silas’s life expectancy was 36. Mine is almost 76. According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, by living past 65, my life expectancy may be longer than whites of the same age. Which I guess is good, if reparations advocates are going to make me spend grandpa’s money.

    By Burgess Owens

    • DeniseVB says:

      That was good. Reminds me of the great writings of Booker T. Washington who was actually born into slavery. He warned us of people like Al Sharpton, Obama and the Dem2020 field long ago. People who will try and make a living by promoting racism. He was a Republican too 🙂

  27. Miranda says:

    Sigh. The deer paid their Memorial Day visit to the ‘Miranda Garden Buffet’ last night. They ate the tops off my Fireworks Gomphrenia, the flowers off 3/4 of the petunias, and half the leaves/top off my new Carolina Doll’s Daisy and Jeanna phlox (my most anticipated plants this year). The reminds me of a couple of years ago when they ate ALL of my sunflower seedlings.

    The temptation to borrow a shotgun, settle on the back deck, and lay in food for winter is strong.

  28. Dora says:

    For Memorial Day

  29. Dora says:

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