“Born in the U.S.A.” turns 30 this year.
It’s got to be the one of the most sophisticated anti-war songs. I know the arrangement is cheesy for some, but take the time to reread the lyrics if you haven’t lately. Springsteen touches on the economic and moral aspects of war (its domestic aftermath) all the while using a simple, bluesy narrative.
The refrain of the song remains a super mysterious/enigmatic moment in music to me… It’s a really powerful, cathartic mantra wrapped in childhood delusions of America’s place in the world and what is right and possible, then drenched in the apathy and outrage of poverty during capitalism.
I know most people who are going to understand this totally already know it, I just felt like typing it I guess.