"Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen

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

Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.
Born in the U.S.A.

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"

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 had a brother at Khe Sahn
Fighting off the Viet Cong
They're still there, he's all gone
He had a woman he loved 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, Syntax, and Diction Analysis

Once you actually listen and comprehend the lyrics and the story of this song, the constant repeating of the chorus "born in the USA" it begins to sound less happy and patriotic and more sad and disbelief. Disbelief of "how could this be happening?". He says in the lyrics "I'm ten years down the road Nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go" that after his service he doesn't get recognized for it; Also with the verse "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" that he didn't even have a choice to go.

Tone Analysis

The tone of the music itself sounds very upbeat and patriotic (especially during the chorus). At around the 4:07 to the 4:13 mark there is a mini "drum solo" and him yelling something incoherent this could be alluding to a potential war flash back. If that is the case the the music alone could be referencing how many americans view this country how we act so patriotic and are quick to glance over the horror we've cause other countries and even our own soldiers.

The tone of the lyrics are very accusing and bitter. He says things like “they put a rifle in my hands Sent me off to Vietnam To go and kill the yellow man” and “You end up like a dog that's been beat too much” to prove that he didn't even want to go in the first place. Also the lyrics "I'm ten years down the road Nowhere to run, ain't got nowhere to go”  further prove how we as citizens glance over war and our veterans.  

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