Sign in to follow this  

Recommended Posts

Springsteen traced the inspiration for this song to Alan Kozol 's book Amazing Grace: The lives of children and the conscience of a nation, a portrait of children in the poorest neighborhood in the United States, Mott Haven in New York City 's South Bronx,  according to Brian Hiatt in his book the stories behind the songs.

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fascinating read. The whitening of American history through Hollywood is sad. But should we blame the people of that time? Either way these times have gone and there is nothing we can do about it but we can all celebrate and learn today so that tomorrow is better.

But  Bruce's song was not about this kind of Black Cowboys. Or maybe it was to an extent?

I love the lyrics especially the final verse.... a classic Bruce lyric bursting with imagery.

He woke and the towns gave way to muddy fields of green
Corn and cotton and endless nothing in between
Over the rutted hills of Oklahoma the red sun slipped and was gone
The moon rose and stripped the earth to its bone

  • Like 1
  • Love Love Love! 1
  • Bruuuuce! 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/8/2020 at 8:35 AM, Blackcowboys01 said:

Springsteen traced the inspiration for this song to Alan Kozol 's book Amazing Grace: The lives of children and the conscience of a nation, a portrait of children in the poorest neighborhood in the United States, Mott Haven in New York City 's South Bronx,  according to Brian Hiatt in his book the stories behind the songs.

I never knew that, thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this