USA: Bruce Springsteen’s new album critical of Bush’s Iraq war

This video is Bruce Springsteen – Livin’ In The Future live (28.9.2007), Rockefeller Plaza Center, New York City, USA.

From Reuters:

Springsteen ready for criticism over “Magic” words

By Christian Wiessner

NEW YORK – Bruce Springsteen‘s new album “Magic” marks his return to the pop sound that propelled him to mega-stardom in the 1980s, but the hook-laden melodies mask lyrics portraying an America of despair and hopelessness.

Springsteen says he is prepared for criticism from those who may take the lyrics on his latest album “Magic” as unpatriotic for speaking out against the Iraq war and U.S. President George W. Bush in war time.

“I believe every citizen has a stake in the course, direction of their country. That’s why we vote. It’s unpatriotic at any given moment to sit back and let things pass that are damaging to some place that you love so dearly and that has given me so much,” Springsteen says in an interview on the CBS news show “60 Minutes” to air on Sunday night.

One of the starkest examples of those lyrics some may take as unpatriotic are in the song “Livin’ in the Future.”

The song’s sound is evocative of earlier Springsteen tunes for lovers dancing on a beach on a sunny summer day. But its lyrics paint a bleak picture of estrangement and loss. While the Iraq war is not mentioned, the symbolism is clear.

“My ship Liberty sailed away on a bloody red horizon, the groundskeeper opened the gates and let the wild dogs run,” Springsteen sings. “My faith’s been torn asunder, tell me, is that rolling thunder or just the sinkin’ sound of somethin’ righteous goin’ under?” …

“The Boss” is no stranger to penning rock anthems with lyrics at odds with their upbeat and uplifting sound.

His huge 1984 hit “Born in the U.S.A.” told the story of a Vietnam veteran forced into combat to avoid jail, go to “kill the yellow man,” only to return home and be denied work.

The song was widely misinterpreted as an uplifting work of unabashed patriotism.

Former President Ronald Reagan, on his way to a landslide 1984 re-election, said at a New Jersey campaign speech: “America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts; it rests in the message of hope in songs of a man so many young Americans admire: New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen.”

Springsteen and his E Street Band are on the road promoting “Magic” and the 58-year-old’s comments before playing “Livin’ in the Future” are far from ambiguous.

“In the past six years we’ve had to add to the American picture rendition, illegal wiretapping, voter suppression, no habeas corpus, the neglect of our great city of New Orleans and her people, an attack on the Constitution and the loss of our best young men and women in a tragic war,” he said before performing the song on NBC’s “Today” show.

“This is a song about things that shouldn’t happen here happening here.”

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9 thoughts on “USA: Bruce Springsteen’s new album critical of Bush’s Iraq war

  1. If you think things can’t get any worse, you have no imagination.

    Posted by: “jeffrey appel”

    Sun Oct 7, 2007 4:20 pm (PST)

    The 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard recently ended a 22-month tour of duty in Iraq, the longest deployment of any ground-combat unit in the Armed Forces. Many of its members returned home, looking forward to using education benefits under the GI bill.

    For example, John Hobot, a platoon leader, said, “I would assume, and I would hope, that when I get back from a deployment of 22 months, my senior leadership in Washington, the leadership that extended us in the first place, would take care of us once we got home.”

    It’s not working that way. The Guard troops have been told that in order to be eligible for the education benefits they expect, they had to serve 730 days in Iraq. They served 729.

    And you thought I was exaggerating?


  2. Czech Republic plans Iraq pullout
    Article from: Agence France-Presse

    From correspondents in Prague, Czech Republic

    October 08, 2007 07:13am

    THE Czech Republic is planning to pull its troops out of Iraq, Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg said today, without giving a timetable for the withdrawal.

    “As a matter of course, we first must reach agreement with our allies,” he said on Ceska Televize public television, adding that the country wanted to continue participating in reconstruction in Iraq.

    About 100 Czech soldiers are deployed in Iraq as part of a surveillance team at an international forces base not far from the southern town of Basra.

    They work primarily with the British, who announced last week that they would pull 1000 soldiers out of Iraq by Christmas.


  3. No Wiretaps has led the fight against Bush’s warrantless wiretapping since it was exposed by the New York Times in December 2005. We believe it must end immediately, we believe Cheney and Bush should be impeached for it, and we believe everyone involved should be punished through prosecution and lawsuits.

    Senators Jay Rockefeller and Harry Reid do not agree with us. They are working overtime on a bill to expand Bush’s wiretap power and give full immunity for all past crimes. But Senator Chris Dodd is outraged and promises to filibuster the Rockefeller bill. Dodd gave a tremendous speech on Friday and spoke for all of us.

    Dodd needs 40 Senators to support his filibuster, so please write your Senators:


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