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Bruce Springsteen: Shackled and Drawn Meaning


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Song Released: 2012

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    Jan 16th, 2014 1:30pm report

    I feel, that this song is relating to an economic crisis, or perhaps the man in the song is "shackled" to debt in a financial hole and has to work off the money "indentured servant". He very well could just be a slave, but I feel that this song is deeper than that.


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    Mar 12th, 2013 3:24am report

    "Shackled and drawn" calls up to me the image of a slave being dragged to his new master's property after auction: wrists shackled in iron, chained and dragged (drawn) on foot behind his master's cart, towards a lifetime of bondage. Seems to me Bruce is suggesting that under the current economic system ordinary people are hardly better than slaves, forced to work out a life of drudgery just to keep themselves alive.


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    Jun 9th, 2012 6:26am report

    "I woke up this morning shackled and drawn" I think refers to waking up to the current economic crisis, a lack of jobs, and being unable to do anything about it.
    "Let a man work, is that so wrong" I think refers to the simplicity of a decent person who want to be able to go to work and earn some pay, but can't through no fault of his own.
    "Freedom, Son, is a dirty shirt" I think is a reference the original and true American Dream.


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    May 29th, 2012 5:21pm report

    I'm thinking slaves shackled together and drawn along..or drawing along..a cart or something?

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