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
'Til you spend half your life just covering up

[chorus:]
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

I got in a little hometown jam
And so they put a rifle in my hands
Sent me off to Vietnam
To go and kill the yellow man

[chorus]

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

[chorus]

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

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

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

The song tells the story of how the daily American person struggled to get through life during the Vietnam war era. It tells a story of all the dreadful things going on in the war, people who lost close friends. The lyrics express a feeling of hope during specific parts of the song.

                        IMAGERY, DICTION, SYNTAX, ANALYSIS

The song uses lyrics that create a dreadful picture of life in America during the time period, using phrases like "Born down in a dead man's town, The first kick I took was when I hit the ground." It creates the feeling that life in the American-Vietnamese war era was not necessarily a good time and life was a battle to continue on. The citizens at home mistreated the veterans coming back from the war because a majority of vets were homeless and hated on.

With syntax the chorus is a repetitve use of the phrase "Born in the USA" and it kind of uses a sarcastic sense. After continuously describing horrible things that happen to the veterans during and after the war, the song happily states "Born in the USA." Like after stating all the terrible things it sarcastically brings out happiness in the chorus.

In diction

The chorus, "Born in the USA." The song slows down during the chorus and has a dynamic change in volume as it goes from a more darker and dreadful story to a relaxed and proud, fist-rasing sound. The dotted quarter note on the word "Born" give a more relaxed sound as not many other times in the song is there an extension of words as this example.

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