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  1. Musical context changes/influences the meaning of the lyrics in interesting ways, I think. For Born in the USA that means (for me at least): Nebraska style - The chorus is sarcastic, "born in the USA my ass, my life is shit" 1984-style - the chorus is still somewhat ironic, but not exclusively, it's more "the USA as a country does not deliver right now, but let us celebrate its ideals". It's still bleak, but tinged with hope, and quite patriotic in its criticism - no matter how much Bruce hates certain shortcomings of his country, he also really loves his country. As for the "yellow man" - I always assumed it shows the casual racism of the people who send the narrator into war, that they probably phrased it like that. Alternately, it could of course show the ignorance of the narrator, he gets send to kill people he knows nothing about (see also the 75-85 River version where Bruce talks about the drummer of his first band being sent to Vietnam "and he (we?) didn't even know where it was".
  2. Was a bit tongue in cheek, but if Keith Richards is still playing anything seems possible.
  3. We all knew this had to come, but I really thought we'd have another 10 years...
  4. I miss that music and friends were the center of my life, wherever I was, I knew there was a world out there that was better and that the powers that be (parents, teachers, ...) had no access to. When seminal albums came out we would play them all the time, so it seemed that for a while all life existed WITHIN that music. Now music is still important to me, but it is also just music, and me and my friends rarely listen to the same thing at the same time, it has become more private, less pivotal somehow...
  5. I basically meant to say that everybody is only human, including Bruce. That Bruce persona as referenced in the proverbial question "What would Bruce Springsteen do?" is the person he strives to be, not the person he always is. I bet he sometimes asks himself that question too... Is he a hypocrite for having created that persona then? I don't think so, he mostly succeeds in making the right decisions - not all the time but mostly.
  6. Hey Daisy (hey everyone), I have been lurking on this forum since 2007 but have posted not that often throughout the years. I'm sure we don't see eye to eye politically and probably on other issues as well (I would never call Morello "Commie Tommie", for instance), but I agree 100% with your wording here and your sentiment: I too see Bruce as an anchor. I don't think you're delusional, the feeling that you know Bruce and Bruce knows you is a huge appeal, it's what Bruce refers to as his "on-going conversation" with his fans. Unlike others in this thread I don't feel as if Bruce has to be imepeccable, though. His narrative is more about continuing to strive for one's ideals than to actually correspond to these ideals all the time. Everyone can fail, including Bruce, hence his spiel about his "magic trick" and "say that in your next interview, Mr Springsteen". He has created, on purpose, an ideal that we follow and that guides us, and that he also follows and that guides him. On his best days he can live up to it, on his worst days he doesn't. No betrayal lies in potential wrong-doings. It seems to me as if many people feel disappointed because they hold Bruce to very high standards whereas people who are known sleaze-bags get away with a lot of things. While people are upset about Springsteen's transgression other people get away with much more. As long as we expect so much more from the good guys than from the bad guys our world will never find balance.
  7. "Run through the jungle" from the "Teardrops in the city"-boot
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