"Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen

By Hunter Van Rossum

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

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


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"


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.

Imagery, Diction, Syntax, and Details Analysis

The song creates a distinct imagery of the American flag and the red, white, and blue colors that represents the USA. It also reminds me of how our country is portrayed as strong and proud in the media and movies such as Forest Gump. The syntax is represented by Verses such as- “Sent me off to Vietnam.” that are filled with emotion, and are not complete sentences, but are rather concise. This shows the significance of the event and strong feelings of the artist. The artist also repeats “Born in the USA” multiple and shows that its important. The diction is in the words Born, Fighting, and Nowhere. Born gives the reader a sense of origin and pride for the freedom American give its citizens. Fighting shows persistence and conflict, but the artist doesn't want to reflect the horrors of war. Nowhere shows that the artist is showing a sense of being lost, but not so severely that you are totally lost. The artist holds his voice on the word “born” to make it stand out to the listener show his passion to being born where he was. The details of the song show that it tells a story and the history of our country and also reflects the pride and passion of freedom that comes along with being in the united states.

Tone Analysis

The tone represented in the song is enthusiastic, and elevated because the music is upbeat. The tone of the language on the other hand is much different because you can sense the anxious and hollow tone and when the artist talks about the history such as war.

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