“Born in the U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen
At its surface, this 1984 song sounds like the kind of flag-waving tune you’d hear at an election campaign (in fact, Ronald Reagan wanted to use it when running for reelection). Listen to anything more than the chorus, though, and you’ll hear a different story. Lyrics like “I had a brother at Khe Sahn/ Fighting off the Viet Cong/ They’re still there, he’s all gone” reveal a darker story about a veteran struggling after the Vietnam War.
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