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Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. Meaning

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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
'Til you spend half your life just covering up

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    Feb 2nd, 2007 2:37pm report

    As angry a protest song as been heard in a decade when it was released in 84. Take the first line. Angry, aware, and matter of fact, it tells straight up a story of a forgotten, cast away member of a lost generation who gave everything, and without a silver spoon to bail him out, spent the rest of his time searching. Without a job, direction or the respect of the country he thought he was fighting for, he can't even find the simplest of vocations. The last line alludes to Springsteen's dim faith in his fellow Americans. After all he's given and had spat back at him, he's still "a cool rockin' daddy in the USA."


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    Apr 15th, 2005 4:04pm report

    This song is a story about a Vietnam vet returning from war after and his hardship in reintegrating back into a society that was so opposed to the war.


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    Dec 24th, 2017 12:08am report

    To really understand the song you have to go back and listen to one of the original, acoustic versions. It hasn't got the beat and the rhythm of the hit single, it's rough, it's raw and it is not easy on the ear. But it is full of emotion. Then someone saw the song's commercial potential and repackaged it as something which sounded totally different to what it really was. When challenged at the time (that in Reagan's America the hit song seemed to appeal to the very opposite emotions of what it meant) I think Bruce replied, that every time he sung it, someone else else in the audience would understand for themselves what the song was all about.


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    Sep 23rd, 2016 9:12pm report

    A song that was and is about the hurtful and angry Vietnam war Veteran ''Born In The U.S.A'' that did and was willing to sacrifice his life for US and our country. BUT when coming home from the war he wasn't honored and respected as much as he should've been. If anything he was disrespected by the Government and the Media that created more anger and disrespect within the Country that needed to have his back against them and not to trust and feel proud of them anymore. I believe that's why Bruce has his back ass on the album cover towards us[the certain people in govn't and media] that used US the Veterans like loyal dogs for war, only to be beaten down when coming home.


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    Feb 4th, 2016 2:09pm report

    Its about putting your ugly ass on the cover of a record.
    And then expecting us to look??
    For gods sake you cant be serious.


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    Dec 10th, 2015 12:32pm report

    A vet that is returning to America and facing hardship back in America. Protest song.


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    Nov 28th, 2011 11:11pm report

    It's a protest song. The Vietnam War was the first war the U.S. didn't win and when the army got back, the public was like our army sucks. Little know fact: Chevy offered Springsteen money to use it, but he turned it down. It's not about how proud you are to be American. It's about the hardships the army faced.


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    Sep 23rd, 2011 9:17pm report

    It's about the treatment of Veitnam vets. He wanted the public to wake up and realize that they wanted to mourn their fallen instead of being treated as heros. Or something like that.


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    Aug 27th, 2010 8:36pm report

    10 years burning down the road...in 1984 this character has been burning down the same roads since Born to Run, maybe Thunder Road?

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