- Published: New York : Columbia, 1984.
- Year Published: 1984
- Description: 1 sound disc (48 min.) : stereo, digital ; 4 3/4 in.
- Language: English
- Format: CD
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Born in the U.S.A.
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Call number: CD Rock Springsteen Born 1984
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Lyrics on insert.
Born in the U.S.A. -- Cover me -- Darlington County -- Working on the highway -- Downbound train -- I'm on fire -- No surrender-- Bobby Jean -- I'm goin' down -- Glory days -- Dancing in thedark -- My hometown.
Rock music performed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
There's not much range in melody in this song; instead, Springsteen relies on the inflection of each word and an overall deflated tone to bring the story a feeling of reality that sets his best work apart (with thanks to Dylan, of course). In the chorus, he takes each of those three critical words: "feel", "rider", and "downbound" and stretches the vowel sounds out an extra beat for emphasis and to allow the listener time to reflect on the almost-archetypal image of a person trapped on a vessel inexorably moving forward toward a bleak future. There's no repeat of the chorus, just an instrumental break after the line is sung, so the words and the image hang in the air, like the weight of the narrator's own vapid life.
It's a song that never fails to resonate, at the worst times as a reflection of one's own life, and even when things are going well, as a humbling reality of so many people with little left to hold on to.
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