Born in the USA

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
Till you spend half your life just covering up

(Chorus)
Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

Got in a little hometown jam
So they put a rifle in my hand
Sent me off to a foreign land
To go and kill the yellow man

(Chorus)

Come back home to the refinery
Hiring man said "Son if it was up to me"
Went down to see my V.A. man
He said "Son, don't you understand"

I had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a woman he loved in Saigon
I got a picture of him in her arms now

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
I'm ten years burning down the road
Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go

Born in the U.S.A.
I was born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.
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Notes

Probably Bruce's best-known song for better or worse. It was originally a dark blues song cut for the Nebraska album (later released on Tracks and 18 Tracks), but was known to the world as a rock'n'roll anthem. The lyrics are to this date being misunderstood as some people see it as a flag-waving patriotic song.

Live history

"Born in the USA" has been performed live a total of 972 times.
First known performance:
1984-06-08, Asbury Park, NJ
Born in the USA Tour
Last known performance:
2018-12-08, New York, NY
Springsteen on Broadway

Release history

Total releases: 21
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Bruce Springsteen, Born in the USA, album, 1984-06-04
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live 1975-85, live, 1986-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen, Greatest Hits, compilation, 1995-02-28
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Bruce Springsteen, Missing, maxisingle, 1996
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Bruce Springsteen, Tracks, compilation, 1998-11-10
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Bruce Springsteen, 18 Tracks, compilation, 1999-04-13
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Bruce Springsteen, Video Anthology 1978-2000, movie, 2001
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, live, 2001-04-03
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in New York City, movie, 2001-11-06
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Live in Barcelona, movie, 2003
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Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen, compilation, 2003-11-04
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Greatest Hits, compilation, 2009-01-13
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Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Greatest Hits, compilation, 2009-06-01
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Various artists, The Bridge School Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, various artists, 2011-10-24
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Bruce Springsteen, Collection 1973-2012, compilation, 2013-03-12
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, Get Up! Stand Up!, various artists, 2013-05-27
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, Released! The Human Rights Concerts, various artists, 2013-10-28
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Various artists, Released! - The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, movie, 2013-10-28
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Bruce Springsteen, The Essential Bruce Springsteen (2015 edition), compilation, 2015-10-16
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Bruce Springsteen, Chapter and Verse, compilation, 2016-09-23
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Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen on Broadway, live, 2018-12-14