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BORN IN THE USA: Bruce Spring

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Transcript of BORN IN THE USA: Bruce Spring

BORN IN THE USA: Bruce Springsteen
Verse Analysis
(1) Got in a little hometown jam
(2) So they put a rifle in my hand
(3) Sent me off to a foreign land
(4) To go and kill the yellow man
Verse Analysis
Born In The USA lyric video
Movements of the people: Anti-war movement
Alex Beaty
Verse Analysis
(1)Born down in a dead man town
(2)The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
(3)You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
(4)Till you spend half your life just covering up

(1) "Dead mans town" refers to American cities after the industrial econommy collasped .
(2) The man in the song is saying that he has had to learn fight from momment he was born.
(3) And now he feels defeated and a failure.
(4) And that he has had to build a life on top of his earlier mistakes.
(1) Refers to the drafting process and being forced to go and fight (No choice although you could volunteer).
(2) Describes having a gun being put into his hands.
(3)Foreign Land = Vietnam.
(4) "Yellow man" racially refers to Asians.
(1) Come back home to the refinery
(2) Hiring man said son if it was up to me
(3) Went down to see my v.a. man
(4) He said son, don't you understand

(1) After the war the man comes back to one of the refinerys to look for work (refers to it like he may have worked there before the Vietnam war).
(2) The man means that he would like to offer him a job but cant ( tells of bleak Employment opportunities).
(3) The V.A (Veterans Administration) are responsible for providing healthcare and benefits to the returned soldiers.
(4) The man tells him that he can't just come back and get a job.
Verse Analysis
(1) I had a brother at Khe Sahn
(2) Fighting off the Viet Cong
(3) They're still there, he's all gone

(1) Khe sanh refers to a small village that separates north and south Vietnam and was the location of one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam war. And brother most likely to one of the mans friends in the battle who died.
(2) Viet Cong refers to the name of the war groups that attacked khe sahn (offically known as the National Liberation Front).
(3) By "they're still there" he refers to the Viet Cong still ocupying khe sahnand he refers to his "brother" as gone so he was probbably a fatility during the battle.

(1) He had a woman he loved in Saigon
(2) I got a picture of him in her arms now
Verse Analysis
(1) There were over 25,000 amerasian children born as a result of relationships with the local women and soldiers
(2) Could mean that he was with his "brother" when he died and was given the photogragh
Verse analysis
(1)Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
(2)Out by the gas fires of the refinery
(3)I'm ten years burning down the road
(4)Nowhere to run aint got nowhere to go

(1) During the period after war there was a rise in crime resulting in more prisons ( The prison makes the man feel small)
(2) the man is living in an industrial waste land like he refers to in the first verse
(3) Its been ten years since the vietnam war and he feels his life has gone nowhere
(4) And he feels there is now way he can escape from the effects of the war
And finally......
Verse Analysis
This line of the the song although at first seems very pariotic like he's proud that he was born in the USA it seems to echo a mocking tone, which suggests that he feels like he should be proud to have been born in the USA but feels that the country has let him down
General Information About the Song
Released: October 30 1984
Recorded: Aprill 1984 at the power station(studio) New york
Genre: Heartland Rock
Length: 4:39 minutes (was 8 with the drum solo before it was cut from the track
Label: Columbia
Writer: Bruce Springsteen
What is the movement the song relates to?
The Anti-War/ Peace Movement
The aim of the Anti-war/Peace movement in the 1960s was to prevent the ideology of countries that violence always a solves problem
What methods did the movement use to get its method across?
The anti-war movement used many forms of protesting such as Marches, Boycotts, Rallies and demonstrations.
These forms of protesting consisted hundreds of organised Anti war groups such as "Natinal mobilization to end the world war", "The Vietnam women strike for peace" and the "American Friends Service committee" just to name a few.
A Face of the Movement
Cindy Sheehan:
In later anti-war protests in USA sheehan camped in a tent out the front of the prairie chapel Ranch after her son was killed in action during the iraq War. She was demonstrating that america needs to bring the troops home in order to prevent more deaths of soldiers She tried for congress in 2008 but was unsucessful. And later published her memoir "Peace Mom: A Mothers Heartache To Activism"
What was the reaction to the song by Authorities?
President Ronald Reagan tried to use the song as anthem in his re-election campaign but was repeatedly reject by Springsteen and his management. Even at one point reagan tried to get springsteen to endorse his campaign knowing that people would vote for him if he had the author of one of what he thought to be patriotic song but he did not no that Springsteen was a liberal suporter meaning there was no hope of gaining his endorsement in his campaign. However in september 1964 at a campaign stop in hamonton, New jersey Reagan added that "America's future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs so many young Americans admire: New Jersey's own Bruce Springsteen. And helping you make those dreams come true is what this job of mine is all about" which he basicly states that he wants the same american dream as every other person and that he is gonna make it happen. Imediatly after the campaign stop the media became critical of reagans knowledge of springsteen and was later asked what his favourite springsteen song was and reagan replied "Born to Run" which submitted him to much humour.
Springsteens Reaction to reagans false endorsement
Later at a concert in Pittsburgh Springsteen responded to the Presidents claims with "The President was mentioning my name the other day, and I kinda got to wondering what his favorite album musta been. I don't think it was the Nebraska album. I don't think he's been listening to this one"
The Second False Endorsment
Not only did Reagan try to endorse Springsteen, but the Presidential opsosition at the time, Walter Mondale tried to flatter Springsteen by saying that "Bruce Springsteen may have been born to run but he wasn't born yesterday," and then later in the interview said that he had the full support of Springsteen in his campaign however later his ploy for votes was turned against him when Bruces manager, Jon Landau denied Mondales claim.
Fun fact
Bruce Springsteen has not let "Born In The Usa" be used to endorse any products.
Anti-War Cultural Representation
The anti-war protests of the 1960s
During the 1960s the Vietnam war became the first war to be televised (John Logie Baird invented television in the 1920s) and turned your average living room into a battlefield with diffrent opinions flying on whether the troops should be over in vietnam in the first. If anything the tv could be called the main source of fuel for the protestors as it allowed them to see not only what the opposing forces were doing to the friendly soldiers but also what the friendly soldiers were doing to the innocent villages caught in the middle of the battles.

Anti-War Cultural Representation
Has the movement resulted
in the end/Prevention?
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