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(13,390 posts)
Tue Mar 6, 2012, 03:07 PM Mar 2012

Springsteen’s Ode to Conservative Values?

But Springsteen’s “We Take Care of Our Own”—which seems custom-made for a political campaign commercial—interestingly enough resonates with those on the right, whether Bruce realizes it or not:
From Chicago to New Orleans
From the muscle to the bone
From the shotgun shack to the Superdome
We yelled “help” but the cavalry stayed home
There ain’t no-one hearing the bugle blown
We take care of our own
We take care of our own
Wherever this flag’s flown
We take care of our own

If there is one theme that cries out, it’s that in this American community of ours, we ultimately rely on each other and, as he admits, sometimes the “cavalry” cannot <WON'T> come to save us. Conservatives would agree. Instead of seeking a savior in government, conservatives value self-determination, free enterprise, limited government, and individual freedom—all of which suffer when an almighty state crowds out our freedoms.
Liberals, though, first look to their cavalry—the federal government—to come to the rescue when Americans are in need rather than finding solutions in civil society — among local communities, houses of worship, schools, volunteer organizations, and neighborhoods.


Yeah right! They even tried to put Thunder Road in a conservative context.

"Death to my hometown" (also an ode to OWS)

So listen up, my sonny boy, be ready when they come
For they'll be returning sure as the rising sun
Now get yourself a song to sing and sing it 'til you're done
Yeah, sing it hard and sing it well

Send the robber barons straight to hell
The greedy thieves who came around
And ate the flesh of everything they found
Whose crimes have gone unpunished now
Who walk the streets as free men now

"Jack of All Trades" is one of the saddest songs I think I've ever heard filled with what could again interpreted as rugged individualism as opposed to desperation. He wraps up anger, mourning and hope into one song. Amazing.

Here we stood the drought, now we’ll stand the flood
There’s a new world coming, I can see the light
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright
So you use what you’ve got, and you learn to make do
You take the old, you make it new
If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright
I’m a Jack of all trades, we’ll be alright

I'm not selling it, but if you get satisfaction from hearing the sentiments and pain here and among the people we care about put to music. I think you can find it on youtube.

Has anyone else listened?

Springsteen’s Ode to Conservative Values? (Original Post) loyalsister Mar 2012 OP
Iguess that's why The Boss has been raising funds for Democrats hifiguy Mar 2012 #1
saw the DC freepers counter protest at an anti-war demonstraion bowens43 Mar 2012 #2
I almost hope they try it this year loyalsister Mar 2012 #6
:) Yep loyalsister Mar 2012 #3
I like this one. Sums up my feelings. mmonk Mar 2012 #4
It's awesome loyalsister Mar 2012 #5
Yep. It's very angry. mmonk Mar 2012 #7


(33,688 posts)
1. Iguess that's why The Boss has been raising funds for Democrats
Tue Mar 6, 2012, 03:11 PM
Mar 2012

for going on thirty years. Gads these people are dum. [sic]



(16,064 posts)
2. saw the DC freepers counter protest at an anti-war demonstraion
Tue Mar 6, 2012, 03:49 PM
Mar 2012

5 or 6 six years ago blasting 'Born in the USA' over their sound system....cracked me, up dumber then can of beans.


(13,390 posts)
6. I almost hope they try it this year
Tue Mar 6, 2012, 05:47 PM
Mar 2012

just so they can look stupid when the boss tells them to stop. I think I would enjoy seeing him explain more thoroughly who is taking care of their own.


(13,390 posts)
3. :) Yep
Tue Mar 6, 2012, 04:43 PM
Mar 2012

I actually did have an argument with some fool who claimed Born In The USA was a conservative song.

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