''''Born in the U.S.A.'' remains one of my greatest and most misunderstood pieces of music. The combination of its ''down'' blues verses and its ''up'' declarative choruses, its demand for the right of a ''critical'' patriotic voice along with pride of birth, was too seemingly conflicting for some of its more carefree, less discerning listeners.'' - Bruce Springsteen
"This was when the Republicans first mastered the art of co-opting anything and everything that seemed fundamentally American, and if you were on the other side, you were somehow unpatriotic. I make American music, and I write about the place I live and who I am in my lifetime. Those are the things I'm going to struggle for and fight for." - Bruce Springsteen
''The first guy I played the finished version of ''Born in the U.S.A.'' for was Bobby Muller, then president of the Vietnam Veterans of America. He entered the studio and sat at the front of the console, and I turned up the volume. He listened for a few moments and a big smile crossed his face.'' - Bruce Springsteen
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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