"I was brought up in a small town, and I basically received nothing but negative images about homosexuality – very bad. Anybody who was different in any fashion was castigated and ostracized, if not physically threatened." - Bruce Springsteen
''I had a very close friend who had a sarcoma cancer and died right around that time. For me, it was a devastating experience, being close to illness of that magnitude. I had never experienced what it calls on or asks of the people around the person who is so ill. Part of that experience ended up in the song. “Receive me, brother” is the lyric in the last verse and that’s anybody’s asking for – basically some sort of acceptance and not to be left alone.'' - Bruce Springsteen
''I want to thank the folks who've come up to me in restaurants and on the street, who've lost their sons or their lovers or their friends to AIDS and said that this song meant something to them.'' - Bruce Springsteen
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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